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Li Na sets new mark: first Asian-born into Tennis Hall

Jul. 20, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Li Na has broken new ground at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The 37-year-old former Chinese star became the first Asian-born player to be inducted on Saturday. She was enshrined along with Mary Pierce of France and Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov during a lengthy on-court ceremony...

Isner advances to final on Newport's hot grass courts

Jul. 20, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner overcame extremely hot conditions and a first-set tiebreaker loss to beat fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert of France 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Saturday and advance to the Hall of Fame Open final. The 34-year-old American will face Alexander Bublik, a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

At Tour, struggling champ Thomas no longer touching the sky

Jul. 20, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LA MONGIE, France (AP) — When the team of Geraint Thomas was in its pomp at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new colors as Ineos — to take cycling's greatest race by the scruff of the neck and leave everyone else...

Taste of the Tour: A festival of lard at high altitude

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

LA MONGIE, France (AP) — It's one of the unwritten rules of the Tour de France. When the riders go uphill, cholesterol levels do, too. Up in the Pyrenees where crops can't grow, meats replace them on the menu: Sausages, cured ham from the southwestern Bigorre region, duck breast, pork pate, duckling filet...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows a member of the U.S. women's soccer team giving a Nazi...

A first Tour at 32: Rookie Canadian savoring every moment

Jul. 19, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

PAU, France (AP) — If there was a smiley-face jersey for the happiest rider at the Tour de France, to go alongside the wearer of the iconic yellow shirt, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the running for it. A rookie at cycling's greatest race at an unusually ripe age — 32 — and with an unusual...

Alaphilippe stuns Tour with time-trial win, builds race lead

Jul. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PAU, France (AP) — A question that first seemed pie-in-the-sky is growing in credibility with each additional ride that takes him toward Paris: Could Julian Alaphilippe carry the yellow jersey glued ever more firmly to his shoulders all the way to the Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysees? With the...

Taste of the Tour: Classic hen in a pot at 'Chez Paulette'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

PAU, France (AP) — A classic base camp at the Tour de France, the city of Pau is a food lovers' paradise. Visited on Friday by the Tour peloton for the 71st time after hosting the race for the first time in 1930, the birthplace of 16th-century king Henri IV is stuffed with restaurants serving dishes riders...

Vos wins La Course, still no women's Tour de France planned

Jul. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

PAU, France (AP) — There is nothing bigger for male riders than victory at the Tour de France. It's the pinnacle of cycling. But there is no such prize for female riders. Despite calls from cycling's governing body UCI for the creation of a women's Tour, organizers of cycling's marquee race have yet to...