State & National News

July 10, 2014 - 7:08am
12 min ago

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) — Shelby Rogers of the Unites States routed the 16th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-0 at the Gastein Ladies event on Thursday to reach her first career WTA quarterfinal.

Rogers, who is ranked 147th and had not beaten a top-50 player before, hit 11 aces and dropped serve only once while holding off 10 break points for the Spaniard, who was seeded third.

The Charleston, South Carolina native, who won three matches to...

July 10, 2014 - 7:05am
12 min ago

ARRAS, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading toward Champagne country.

The pack has set off on a 194-kilometer (120 mile) Stage 6 on Thursday — a day after defending champion Chris Froome droped out of the race after crashing twice and suffering a wrist injury.

The course from Arras to Reims is mostly flat and should favor a sprint finish, though rainy weather could have an impact.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali cemented his...

July 10, 2014 - 6:14am
12 min ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday that the hour of the final is late for Francis' routine, and acknowledged with a chuckle that Benedict wasn't known as an avid sports fan. Still, he didn't rule anything out, saying, "we'll see in the coming days...

July 10, 2014 - 5:30am
1 hour 42 min ago

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Neymar is progressing "very well" from the back injury that caused the Brazil striker to exit the World Cup.

Officials of the Spanish league club have visited Neymar at his home in Brazil where he will remain until returning to Barcelona on Aug. 5 to continue the final phase of his recovery from a fractured vertebra.

Neymar sustained the back injury in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Colombia, leaving Brazil...

July 10, 2014 - 4:39am
2 hours 31 min ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has chided a ruling party lawmaker for tweeting a salute to Adolf Hitler while praising Germany for making it to the World Cup final.

Bung Moktar Radin drew a flurry of criticism on social media with his tweet: "Well done . Bravo . Long live Hitler ." after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday.

Najib on Thursday called the remarks "unacceptable and wrong."


July 10, 2014 - 3:35am
2 hours 31 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri.

Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make

Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30...

July 10, 2014 - 3:33am
2 hours 31 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The squabble between the Chicago Cubs and the owners of the rooftop venues that peek over the walls of Wrigley Field is heading back to City Hall.

The Cubs will ask the city's landmarks commission Thursday to approve a massive $500 million renovation project that is even more extensive than the project that the same commission and then the City Council approved last year.

The Cubs are pushing for five more signs to go with the...

July 10, 2014 - 3:05am
2 hours 31 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.

When Lionel Messi's Argentina takes on Germany in Sunday's World Cup final, it looks at first glance like a meeting between brilliant individual scoring talent and the tight discipline of a collective unit.

But this game will be about much more than that.

Argentina has shown that it can play just as...

July 10, 2014 - 1:44am
2 hours 31 min ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Chris Colabello hit a two-run double, Brian Dozier scored twice and the Twins put up eight runs in the first four innings to chase an ineffective Roenis Elias (7-8). The rookie lasted a career-low 3 1-3 innings, yielding seven runs — six earned — and seven hits with three walks....

July 10, 2014 - 1:27am
2 hours 42 min ago

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