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FILE - In this June 27, 2002, file photo, Venus Williams, left, with her sister Serena, talk during their women's doubles match against Japan's Rika Hiraki and Germany's Kirstin Freye, at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)

Serena, Venus played 50 fewer times than Evert, Navratilova

Jul. 6, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Chris Evert knows a thing or two about tennis rivalries and she’s noticed something about Serena Williams’ career: The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has not had much in the way of rivals. Evert knows that her series of matches through the years against Martina Navratilova — including...

FILE - In this July 7, 1978, file photo, tennis star Martina Navratilova holds up her trophy after defeating Chris Evert in the women's singles final at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Navratilova tops Evert for 1st Slam title

Jul. 6, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The AP is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One memorable tennis...

FILE - In this July 6, 2017, file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic to win the men's singles final match on day thirteen at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

AP PHOTOS: No Wimbledon champs in 2020, but plenty in past

Jul. 5, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — When one thinks of Wimbledon, one thinks of royalty — the sort that sits in the Royal Box and hands out the trophies, and the sort that earns the right to accept that championship hardware. There will be no tennis royalty or tennis champions at the All England Club in 2020,...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, former President Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago. Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports legends in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday, June 29, 2020, with photos and videos from, among others, Hank Aaron, Rachel Robinson Derek Jeter, Colin Powell, Michael Jordan, Obama and presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter at tippingyourcap.com. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A long-overdue 'Tip of the Cap' to baseball's Black pioneers

Jun. 29, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

Barack Obama tipped his cap. So did three other former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues. The campaign launched Monday with photos and videos from, among...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love heads up the court after making a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Love received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards on Sunday, June 21, 2020, for sparking a national conversation about mental health. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The ESPYS focus on honors, pandemic and racial justice

Jun. 22, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

No red carpet, no nattily dressed athletes, no house band or monologue poking fun at the past year's top athletes and moments. This was a different version of The ESPYS. The focus of Sunday night's show on ESPN was hope and inspiration in the time of coronavirus. NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, along with...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love heads up the court after making a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Cleveland Cavaliers weren't invited inside the NBA's Disney World summer bubble. They never want to have the door close on them again. One of eight teams whose season ended by the league's decision to resume play in a controlled atmosphere in Florida next month, the Cavs are using their omission as fuel for the future. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Cavs' Love honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Jun. 17, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in raising awareness about mental health. Love, whose openness about his life-long battles with anxiety triggered nationwide discussion and helped spur the NBA to do more to help players deal with...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Gov. Lamont’s dubious claims Republican-American June 11 First of two parts. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Connecticut’s perpetually shaky finances are even shakier. Gov. Ned Lamont has said there is little chance unionized state employees will...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held March 2021 at Boise State University. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from Idaho

Jun. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move 2021 men’s basketball tournament games out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. A letter...