State & National News

June 29, 2014 - 7:43pm
1 week 5 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ronnie Ash began his day by becoming the first in the world since 2012 to break the 13-second barrier in the 110 hurdles.

He ended it on a golf cart being driven slowly out of Hornet Stadium, bandages around his right ankle and left wrist, with two big bags of ice secured tightly around his right knee and left shoulder.

It was the result of a nasty spill Sunday midway through the final after tumbling over one of the hurdles...

June 29, 2014 - 7:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — When Costa Rica sealed its first berth in the World Cup quarterfinals, the celebrating Ticos sprinted straight for Keylor Navas and mobbed him in celebration.

Michael Umana had driven home the penalty kick that clinched the 5-3 shootout victory over Greece, but he didn't seem to mind that his teammates streamed right past him.

It was Navas, after all, who made a slew of spectacular saves of blistering shots and point-blank...

June 29, 2014 - 7:29pm
1 week 5 days ago

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Matt Hagan won the Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday to end an 11-event victory drought, beating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Funny Car final.

Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car season champion, had a pass of 4.098 seconds at 310.48 mph in his Dodge Charger for his 11th career victory and first since the since the season-ending race in Pomona last year.

"We've been working at it this year," said Hagan, a three-...

June 29, 2014 - 7:26pm
1 week 5 days ago

BEIT MILLEIT, Lebanon (AP) — The Lebanese have few things to celebrate these days. The country has been gripped for the past weeks by a spate of suicide bombings, political upheaval and a raging civil war next door in Syria. But at least for few hours Sunday, this tiny Mediterranean country had something to cheer about.

Miguel Layun, playing for Mexico in the World Cup, is of Lebanese origin.

In Beit Milleit, his northern Lebanese ancestral village,...

June 29, 2014 - 7:18pm
1 week 5 days ago

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Stacy Lewis has worked tirelessly over her career to embrace the overwhelming support in her adopted state of Arkansas.

The recovering introvert finally found a way to do so while overcoming her self-imposed pressure Sunday — shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying for a much-sought after official win in the NW Arkansas Championship.

Lewis earned an unofficial rain-shortened win at the tournament as an amateur in 2007, but she had...

June 29, 2014 - 7:16pm
1 week 5 days ago

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Brittney Griner blocked 11 shots to set a single-game WNBA record and added 21 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 80-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.

The game came down to the final possession. Skylar Diggins drew a double team on an inbounds play and launched a contested shot that bounced off the rim and to Candice Dupree. Diana Taurasi cleared the ball into the frontcourt to end the game.

Penny Taylor went 10 for...

June 29, 2014 - 7:14pm
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Free-scoring France takes on Nigeria and Germany faces Algeria as the second round continues at the World Cup on Monday with two games pitching European teams against African opponents.

Eight goals in its first two group games have made France an exciting team to watch and the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Not least because Nigeria's preparations have been overshadowed by widespread reports of problems over player bonuses.

June 29, 2014 - 7:11pm
1 week 5 days ago

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Westbrook pulled away on a one-lap dash to the checkered flag Sunday to win the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

Westbrook teamed with Michael Valiante in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP. Alex Brundle was second, 0.877 seconds back in the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan/Nissan he shared with Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung.

Westbrook passed Brundle after a restart...

June 29, 2014 - 7:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular month on the mound with yet another dominant victory, he struggled to muster much excitement about his performance or even the Los Angeles Dodgers' leap to the top of the standings.

Kershaw knows it's only June. But what a month it's been for the Dodgers and their incredible left-hander.

Kershaw struck out 13 during seven innings of five-hit ball, and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer...

June 29, 2014 - 7:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic says it is up to his players whether or not they choose to observe the Ramadan fast during Monday's World Cup game against Germany.

Observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan but can, and sometimes do, skip it if travelling or working hard.

Halilhodzic said Sunday that fasting, which includes food and liquids, was "a private issue and players will do exactly as they wish."...

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