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Billie Jean King celebrates 45th anniversary of Title IX

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:12 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - Billie Jean King celebrated the 45th anniversary of Title IX at the New York Historical Society.

King and friends of the Women's Sports Foundation gathered Thursday night at the museum, where an exhibit of her life and tennis career is featured at the Center for Women's ...

Mexico relishing chance to show its worth against Russia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:28:27 -0400

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - The game against host nation Russia will mean more to Mexico than just a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinal.

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio says it will be the perfect opportunity to show that Mexican soccer has matured and reached a level at which it can ...

Former girls basketball coach pleads guilty to sex charge

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:50:13 -0400

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A former high school and middle school girls basketball coach has pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in Kentucky.

The News-Enterprise reports that 48-year-old Kelton "Simon" Ford struck a plea deal Tuesday that downgraded a charge of first-degree sexual abuse to a charge of sexual misconduct of ...

Messi offers to pay $558,000 to avoid 21-month jail sentence

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:30:36 -0400

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi has offered to pay an additional fine of 500,000 euros ($558,000) to ensure he avoids a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud that a judge is expected to suspend, a Spanish state prosecutor said Friday.

State prosecutor Isabel Lopez Riera told The Associated Press ...

Thousands of softball players in Bismarck for annual tourney

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:27:29 -0400

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 450 softball teams from around North America are in Bismarck this weekend for the annual McQuade charity tournament.

The event that draws thousands of players from across the U.S. and Canada is in its 42nd year. McQuade Distributing Co. bills the event as the ...

FIFA takes no further action on Mexico-New Zealand clashes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:33:31 -0400

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - FIFA will not intervene after reviewing two volatile clashes between New Zealand and Mexico players and coaches.

FIFA says "it has been verified that there are no grounds for any disciplinary action to be taken."

Tempers flared in a running brawl late in Mexico's 2-1 ...

FIFA bans Ghana defender Inkoom for 1 year because of debt

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:43:12 -0400

ZURICH (AP) - FIFA says Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom must serve a one-year ban or pay his debt to his former agent.

The ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Inkoom challenged a ruling by the FIFA disciplinary committee.

The 28-year-old Inkoom, who played at the ...

Paris shows off in race against Los Angeles for 2024 Games

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:10:48 -0400

PARIS (AP) - High-divers plunged into the River Seine, trampoline athletes somersaulted inside the Petit Palais art museum and runners raced on a floating track as Paris turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports on Friday in hopes of wowing the International Olympic Committee.

With Paris competing against ...

Indiana State arena renovation faces funding shortfall

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:39:36 -0400

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Officials are still trying to line up $12 million more toward a planned renovation of Indiana State University's arena and construction of an adjoining new Terre Haute convention center.

Plans have called for spending $75 million on the Hulman Center project. The state Legislature has ...

Cleveland Cavaliers donate $875,000 to Habitat for Humanity

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:18:10 -0400

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have donated $875,000 in proceeds from NBA Finals watch parties to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Watch parties were hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena during the NBA Finals this year when the Cavaliers played the Golden State Warriors at Oakland. Fans could buy ...

NKorean taekwondo team in SKorea for 1st time in 10 years

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:01:40 -0400

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A North Korean taekwondo demonstration team arrived in South Korea on Friday for its first performances in the rival country in 10 years.

The team's arrival came as South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, is trying to reach out to North Korea despite the ...

Sochi club withdraws from league in blow to World Cup plans

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:56:47 -0400

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The Russian city of Sochi's only professional soccer club says it is withdrawing from the league, in a move which calls World Cup legacy plans into question.

FC Sochi says in a website statement that it's "taking a break" to rethink its strategy but plans to ...

Russians hit the bar as beer ban lifted for Confed Cup

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:51:09 -0400

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's soccer team couldn't hit the target against Portugal, but at least its fans could hit the bar.

Russia has lifted its ban on beer sales at stadiums for the Confederations Cup tournament as part of its deal with FIFA, which has Budweiser as a key sponsor.


Reno doctor awaiting drug trial accused of 2nd death

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:46:07 -0400

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada doctor awaiting trial on charges accusing him of writing an illegal painkiller prescription resulting in the death of a former University of Nevada football player is now accused of causing a second death.

Dr. Robert Rand is scheduled to appear in federal court in ...

Thursday's Sports in Brief

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:48:48 -0400


NEW YORK (AP) - Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft.

The Philadelphia 76ers took Fultz with the No. 1 pick and the Lakers followed by taking Ball, with the point guards from the Pac-12 Conference beginning a run of ...

Mitrione talks a good game as he meets Emelianenko at Garden

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:30:22 -0400

Matt Mitrione likes to start sentences with "My dude," which could be a mistake Saturday night when he meets Fedor Emelianenko in an MMA heavyweight match at Madison Square Garden.

After a career in the NFL, UFC and now Bellator, though, Mitrione pretty much says what he wants.

"I understand ...

Outspoken US swimmer Lilly King refuses to stay in her lane

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:29:06 -0400

Lilly King has always been one to speak her mind.

If it rubs people the wrong way, so be it.

"That's just who she is," said her dad, Mark King. "It's not a show for the media. It's not a show for television. It's authentic."

The 20-year-old made quite an ...

Fight voice Ranallo set for WWE, Bellator, Mayweather calls

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:28:06 -0400

Mauro Ranallo is back in the faux fight game.

Ranallo, who split with WWE amid the type of controversy not even its creative team could script, announced his return Thursday to call the action for the sports entertainment company's feeder system, NXT.

He better rush back from Friday night's TV ...

LEADING OFF: Darvish-Tanaka for first time in US; Felix back

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:27:06 -0400

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



The last meeting between Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.35 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 6.34) was six years ago and nearly 7,000 miles away from Yankee Stadium. The Japanese pitchers will start opposite each other for the ...

Debate stirs about female lax players not wearing helmets

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:21:58 -0400

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Erin Foster was running toward a groundball at an indoor lacrosse game when she was pushed, sending her unprotected head into a wall.

"It basically cracked my scull," the 20-year-old Ann Arbor Pioneer High School graduate recalled. "They said it was a traumatic head injury, ...