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Self-driving cars cruise Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO - The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.This marks the first time that the pod-like, two-seat ...

Hamilton wants his F1 focus on winning races

SILVERSTONE, England - Much of the recent intrigue in Formula One has been over who will run the championship in the future after Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari investors linked up with the Miami Dolphins owner to explore a takeover bid.On the track, the 2015 title race itself is offering few ...

IndyCar ready to tweak rules to aid safety

The CEO of IndyCar said Wednesday that the series went too far with the rules package for last weekend's race at California, where many drivers sharply criticized what they said was dangerous pack racing.Despite the admission, chief executive Mark Miles warned that criticism of IndyCar by its ...

Tracks unite to ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.The facilities vowed to have the most "welcoming environments in all ...

Mustangs coach bolts

MUNISING - Munising High School boys basketball coach Lance Johnson resigned from his position Thursday to take a job at a downstate school.After one year at the helm for the Mustangs, Johnson accepted a job to be boys basketball coach at Reeths-Puffer High School, a Class A school in suburban ...

LL baseball, softball start tourneys on Monday

MARQUETTE - Little League baseball and softball all-star tournaments start play on Monday for area teams, but don't really get busy until the following weekend.Several area teams in 11- and 12-year-old baseball and softball, along with Junior softball, begin on Monday at fields in Marquette, ...

Serena pulls victory out of jaws of defeat at Wimbledon

LONDON - Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title - and for the third leg of a calendar-year ...

AP makes its projections for All-Star teams

NEW YORK - Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.Our picks for the July 14 showcase in Cincinnati - without any regard to fan or player balloting.We'll abide by MLB roster rules: 34 spots ...

Tuning in to watch in droves

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet.Today's adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World ...

England, Germany play for third place tonight

EDMONTON, Alberta - Though Mark Sampson already knew what answer he would get, England's coach felt obligated to ask defender Laura Bassett whether she was emotionally ready for one more game at the Women's World Cup."She looked back in my eye, and said, 'I'm in for the team,'" Sampson ...

Woods 4 back in crowded pack at PGA Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Jhonattan Vegas hasn't had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie Scott Langley for the lead after the second round Friday. They were at ...

Oilers sign overall No. 1 pick

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Connor McDavid played 66 junior games for the Erie Otters this season and seven more at the world junior championship. Even when the hockey stopped, there was more to do.McDavid went to Quebec City for the CHL awards, Buffalo for the NHL scouting combine, Edmonton for a ...

Westwood alumni keep playing

ISHPEMING - Despite Joe Ogea's 5-for-5, 5-RBI night, the Class of 2000 succumbed to 1996, 17-13, at the Westwood High School Alumni Softball Tournament on Thursday at Sunnyside Field in Ishpeming Township.Joe Giotto went 4 for 4 with a pair of inside-the-park homers and 4 RBIs for the winners ...

Daytona adds soft walls, backs away from Confederate flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR's most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday.Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a $400 million renovation, has come close to covering the speedway in ...

Just 3 US riders in Tour de France

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht.Andrew Talansky was a given, his best shot for an ...

Ex-Electrician signs deal with L.A. Kings

LOS ANGELES - A Kingsford native who played for the Marquette Electricians has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, the team announced on Wednesday.Kevin Gravel, 23, is a 6-foot-4, defenseman who appeared in 58 regular-season games last year in ...

Lynch, Blues dominate Ishpeming

ISHPEMING - Marquette County's American Legion baseball teams showed how wide the gap is between their programs on Thursday night.The seasoned Marquette Blues got a two-hit, 12-strikeout performance from ace pitcher Riley Lynch in an 11-0 mercy rule-shortened victory over the Ishpeming Blues ...

Westwood alums begin tourney

ISHPEMING - A half-dozen games kicked off the start of the annual Westwood High School Alumni Softball Tournament on Wednesday.On Wednesday, the new Class of 2015 defeated the NICE Staff team, 6-1. Mitch Messing was 2 for 2 with a run scored while teammate Cristine Larson was the winning ...

Extra inning win nets Storm split

HANCOCK - The good breaks couldn't go on forever for the Copper Country Post 186 American Legion baseball team Wednesday.A bloop single capped a three-run rally to tie Game 2 of a doubleheader with Ishpeming on Wednesday, but a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh helped the Marquette ...

Blues clinch crown with Tuesday sweep

GLADSTONE - Marquette Blues head coach Derek Swajanen and his team made a list of goals they wished to accomplish this season.After sweeping the Gladstone Indians 8-2 and 9-2 on the road Tuesday, they've met their first goal - clinching the regular-season title in the Mid-Pen American Legion ...