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  1. Astros complete sweep of Royals, close in on AL's best record
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    Astros complete sweep of Royals, close in on AL's best record

  2. Daily Dime: Going chalk with Max Scherzer and then digging for hitting sleepers
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    Daily Dime: Going chalk with Max Scherzer and then digging for hitting sleepers

  3. Capitals get clutch playoff performer in Justin Williams for two years, $6.5 million
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    Capitals get clutch playoff performer in Justin Williams for two years, $6.5 million

  4. Sources: Draymond Green agrees to $85 million deal with Warriors
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    Sources: Draymond Green agrees to $85 million deal with Warriors

  5. Sources: Omer Asik finalizing $60 million contract with Pelicans
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    Sources: Omer Asik finalizing $60 million contract with Pelicans

  6. Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?
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    Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?

  7. DeAndre Ayton's long road from Bahamas project to No. 1 prospect
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    DeAndre Ayton's long road from Bahamas project to No. 1 prospect

  8. Raptors' early offseason moves all done with an eye on defence
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    Raptors' early offseason moves all done with an eye on defence

  9. Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic
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    Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic

  10. Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament
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    Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament

  11. Jose Aldo mocks Conor McGregor while criticizing UFC 189 interim title fight
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    Jose Aldo mocks Conor McGregor while criticizing UFC 189 interim title fight

  12. Sources: Kings trade Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson to 76ers in salary dump
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    Sources: Kings trade Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson to 76ers in salary dump

  • England must not repeat 2012 mistakes, says BBC's Oatley

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - The English FA and everyone involved in women's football must not repeat the mistakes they made after the success of the 2012 London Olympics if the women's game is to grow in the country, BBC presenter Jacqui … More »

    Reuters - 5 minutes ago
  • United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry

    United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry

    By Joshua Franklin and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • United States asks Swiss to extradite seven in FIFA inquiry

    United States asks Swiss to extradite seven in FIFA inquiry

    By Joshua Franklin and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal … More »

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago
  • Rufus the hawk rules the Wimbledon skies

    Rufus the hawk rules the Wimbledon skies

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the … More »

    Reuters - 33 minutes ago
  • Usain Bolt's struggles "just a phase," says teammate Powell

    Usain Bolt's Jamaica teammate Asafa Powell believes the world record holder's struggle with injury and poor form is ''just a phase'' and not the beginning of the end for the sprinter. Bolt pulled out of Saturday's Diamond League meeting in Paris … More »

    AP - Sports - 37 minutes ago
  • Sevilla sign French defender Adil Rami from Milan

    Sevilla sign French defender Adil Rami from Milan

    Europa League winners Sevilla have agreed terms to sign French defender Adil Rami from AC Milan, the Spanish club said on their website. The 29-year-old joined Milan on loan in January 2014 after falling out of favour at Sevilla's La Liga rivals … More »

    Reuters - 56 minutes ago
  • Coach Bayliss wants England to attack Australia

    Coach Bayliss wants England to attack Australia

    New coach Trevor Bayliss has promised that an attack-minded England will fight fire with fire and will not be intimidated by Australia when the Ashes series starts next week. The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach will take charge of England for … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Bayliss wants England to attack Australia

    Bayliss wants England to attack Australia

    New coach Trevor Bayliss has promised that an attack-minded England will fight fire with fire and will not be intimidated by Australia when the Ashes series starts next week. The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach will take charge of England for … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

    US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

    The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said Thursday … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Swiss say US has filed formal request to extradite 7 FIFA officials arrested in May

    Swiss say US has filed formal request to extradite 7 FIFA officials arrested in May

    The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said Thursday … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Sevilla sign French defender Rami from Milan

    Sevilla sign French defender Rami from Milan

    Europa League winners Sevilla have agreed terms to sign French defender Adil Rami from AC Milan, the Spanish club said on their website. The 29-year-old joined Milan on loan in January 2014 after falling out of favour at Sevilla's La Liga rivals … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 19 minutes ago
  • Burger backs Namibia to ride out coaching upheaval

    Burger backs Namibia to ride out coaching upheaval

    (Reuters) - Namibia captain Jacques Burger believes a change of coach just months ahead of the World Cup will not have a negative impact on his side's preparations for the tournament in England. The Saracens loose-forward, the most experienced … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 23 minutes ago
  • Wimbledon back to normal as rain delays start

    Wimbledon back to normal as rain delays start

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - After a three-day heatwave and all-time record temperatures it was back to normal at Wimbledon on Thursday as light showers delayed the start of play on the outside courts. Home favourite Andy Murray, the third … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 27 minutes ago
  • Tennis-Wimbledon back to normal as rain delays start

    By Mitch Phillips LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - After a three-day heatwave and all-time record temperatures it was back to normal at Wimbledon on Thursday as light showers delayed the start of play on the outside courts. Home favourite Andy Murray, … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 33 minutes ago
  • Anthopoulos looking for arms on trade market as Blue Jays chase AL East lead

    Halfway through the Toronto Blue Jays' season and general manager Alex Anthopoulos knows what he wants: arms. Anthopoulos spoke to media before Toronto's 11-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday and pointed to his pitching as a need for the … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 40 minutes ago
  • David's reign extends to 9th year but Egyptian rival closes

    (Reuters) - Malaysia's Nicol David celebrates her ninth year as world squash number one this week but her chances of making it a decade of dominance are under severe threat from Raneem El Welily. The Egyptian won her third major title of the year … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 55 minutes ago
  • Injured Mexico striker Hernandez set to miss Gold Cup

    Injured Mexico striker Hernandez set to miss Gold Cup

    Mexico striker Javier Hernandez is expected to miss this month's Gold Cup after the player suffered a fractured collarbone in the first half of an international friendly against Honduras in Houston on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Manchester United … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 27 minutes ago
  • Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

    Ivanovic dumped out of Wimbledon by American qualifier

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash on Wednesday. Ivanovic, a former French … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • UEFA probing Barca over separatist flags, chants

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Barcelona whose fans waved separatist flags and chanted slogans in support of Catalan independence at last month's Champions League final. Barca confirmed on Wednesday that European soccer's … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Spanish federation chief to step down amid finances probe

    Spanish tennis federation (RFET) president Jose Luis Escanuela opted to stand down on Thursday, one day after he was suspended for failing to cooperate in a government probe into the organisation's finances. The decision, announced in a statement … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Rookie De Allende shows quality in push for World Cup spot

    Rookie De Allende shows quality in push for World Cup spot

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has repeatedly said he will pick his World Cup side on form rather than reputation, but that resolve may be tested when it comes to his latest problem area – a centre pairing. One of the star performers for the … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Tennis-Spanish federation chief to step down amid finances probe

    Spanish tennis federation (RFET) president Jose Luis Escanuela opted to stand down on Thursday, one day after he was suspended for failing to cooperate in a government probe into the organisation's finances. The decision, announced in a statement … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA probe

    United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA probe

    The United States asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday. The officials, including two … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic

    Free-agent roundup: Opening days don't get much more hectic

    Did you miss one of the busiest days in the history of NBA free agency? Catch up on everything from July 1 here. … More »

    Ball Don't Lie - 4 hours ago
  • Japan into final after England injury time own goal

    Japan into final after England injury time own goal

    By Simon Evans EDMONTON (Reuters) - An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday, setting up a title rematch with the United States. The United States, who lost the … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials: Swiss authorities

    U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials: Swiss authorities

    The United States has sent Switzerland extradition requests for seven soccer officials arrested in May on suspicion of racketeering in a corruption probe, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday. The officials were detained in a … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament

    Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament

    Fans are slipping right through security at Women's World Cup games in Canada, mainly because FIFA officials say this tournament is a "different dynamic" than the men's. … More »

    Yahoo Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Astros complete sweep of Royals, close in on AL's best record

    Astros complete sweep of Royals, close in on AL's best record

    The Astros aren't going away. Just ask the Royals. A look at Houston and other notable results from Wednesday. … More »

    Big League Stew - 5 hours ago
  • Japan celebrates return to Women's World Cup final

    Japanese football fans screamed with joy on Thursday after "divine winds" blew their women's national team into the World Cup final following a heart-stopping 2-1 win over England. The team, known as 'Nadeshiko' in Japan, will play the United … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?

    Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?

    The head coach stuck to a conservative game plan until suspensions to two key players forced her to make drastic changes. … More »

    Yahoo Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Quintana paces White Sox to 7-1 win over Cardinals

    Quintana paces White Sox to 7-1 win over Cardinals

    Sweeping a two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals made it easier for the Chicago White Sox to overlook the three rain delays in the finale after needing 11 innings to win the opener. ''Everybody thinks we'll get a win every day,'' Jose … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 hours ago
  • Alibaba, Evergrande-owned football club files for China IPO in Asian first

    Alibaba, Evergrande-owned football club files for China IPO in Asian first

    Evergrande Taobao, the football team co-owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and property firm Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd, could become the first club listed in Asia after it filed for an initial public offering in China. The team, which … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • LEADING OFF: Fernandez, Cain, Moore make 1st starts of year

    LEADING OFF: Fernandez, Cain, Moore make 1st starts of year

    Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will pitch for the first time since May 2014, when he was stopped by Tommy John surgery. Max Scherzer has taken a perfect game into the sixth inning in each of his last three starts. The Nationals ace threw a one-hitter … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games

    (Adds later games) July 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games. - - - Indians 8, Rays 1 Carlos Carrasco lost his no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians settled for an 8-1 win … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said in a magazine interview that he is not corrupt and that he has a ''clear conscience'' despite corruption investigations into world soccer's governing body. Four days after being re-elected for a fifth term, … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp

    Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp

    The weeds and wild grass rose well above Reggie McKenzie's knees as the former NFL star walked the field bearing his name in the small Detroit enclave of Highland Park. With two weeks until the start of the youth football camp he's been running for … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Walsh Jennings sets sight on fourth straight gold

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Kerri Walsh Jennings is eyeing her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro next year but the American beach volleyball champion will have to complete this remarkable feat with a new partner. … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Olympics-Walsh Jennings sets sight on fourth straight gold

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, July 2 (Reuters) - Kerri Walsh Jennings is eyeing her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro next year but the American beach volleyball champion will have to complete this remarkable feat with a new … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Tennis-Rufus the hawk rules the Wimbledon skies

    By Michael Roddy LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Factbox - Heart-breaking England exits at major tournaments

    (Reuters) - An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett handed Japan a 2-1 win in their Women's World Cup semi-final in Edmonton on Wednesday as the nation credited with founding the game suffered yet more football heartache. The … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago