National Sports

Fear of failure to motivate France’s stars against Australia

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With a group of players worth more than a billion dollars, anything other than a win against Australia will be deemed as a failure for France in its World Cup opener. The amount of individual talent within the France squad is ...

US Open begins on old course with a new look

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open has begun on a century-old golf course with a new look. Harold Varner hit the opening tee shot on a gorgeous Thursday morning at Shinnecock Hills, using a fairway metal to hit a fairway that was some 60 yards wide in ...

Chris Sale dominates, Red Sox beat Orioles 5-1

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday. After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale ...

QB DeShone Kizer gets a fresh start with Green Bay Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — DeShone Kizer has already had quite the NFL career after just one year in the league. But what a year it was starting for the winless Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Now Kizer is in a completely different situation with the Green ...

LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: FANTASTIC FREEMAN Freddie Freeman didn't get down on himself after his 16-game hitting streak ended on June 4. Instead, the Atlanta slugger just picked right back up where left off — extending his latest streak to ...

Kemp and Chirinos ejected after home plate collision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers have been ejected in the third inning after a home plate collision that led to a benches-clearing confrontation between the teams. With two outs, Enrique Hernandez singled to right and ...

Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning. But they're leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really ...

Jury clears Red Sox in suit brought by woman hurt by foul

BOSTON (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she suffered severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park. The jury Wednesday found that the team and principal owner John Henry were not negligent. Stephanie ...

Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century. The soccer world gathers at ...

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

By ROB HARRIS and GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writers MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The ...

Wentz eager to return, but Foles allows Eagles to wait

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season before a torn ACL forced him to the sideline, where he watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory. Wentz has a mission to return for Week 1 and is ...

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done, Trout takes aim in Seattle again

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: MIGGY'S DONE Miguel Cabrera's season is over, leaving Detroit without its biggest star at a time when there wasn't much else for Tigers fans to latch onto. Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon on a swing Tuesday ...

Trout hits 2 HRs again, Mariners belt 4 in 6-3 win vs Angels

By TODD MILLES, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — When Mike Trout gets on a power-hitting hot streak like this, it's hard for other teams to watch — and match. The Seattle Mariners have been doing just fine the past two games going toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Angels slugger. Mitch ...

Dodgers batter Colon for 8 runs in 12-5 win over Rangers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — After muddling their way through the first two months of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting their stride in June. Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig homered off ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, and the defending NL champions ...

Jets’ Bridgewater positive in comeback from ‘scary’ injury

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater remembers some of his teammates crying. They were on their knees and praying. For him. The New York Jets quarterback was with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 when he went down in a heap of agonizing pain. ...

Trotz drops hints of Capitals return amid uncertain future

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Trotz professed his love for the D.C. area and dropped at least a couple of hints during the Stanley Cup celebration that suggest he'll be back as Capitals coach next season. Trotz's contract status is the biggest question facing ...

Cain’s great escape, Anderson’s arm lift Brewers over Cubs

By CHARLES F. GARDNER, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw helped Milwaukee's offense break through against the Chicago Cubs, and Chase Anderson did the rest. Anderson pitched seven innings of one-hit ball to capitalize on a heads-up rundown escape by Cain and a ...

Gregorius homers twice, Harper hit twice, Yanks top Nats 3-0

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius was pleased after ending a long power outage with a pair of home runs. Bryce Harper felt relieved after escaping serious injury when twice hit by a pitch. CC Sabathia was just surprised, not realizing why the crowd gave him a ...

Oakland again celebrates NBA champion Warriors

By LORIN ELENI GILL, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the ...

Mickelson trying not to look ahead at another US Open chance

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is running out of time. Mickelson doesn’t need to be reminded that this is his 27th appearance in the U.S. Open, more than any of the 156 players at Shinnecock Hills. He wouldn’t want to be reminded that 65 players — including the last four major ...