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July 12, 2014 - 1:56pm
5 min 43 sec ago

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Pablo Cuevas advanced to the Swedish Open final by defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-3 Saturday.

The 28-year-old Uruguayan, who has fought a serious knee injury for the past three years, trailed 5-1 in the tie-breaker before rallying to take the first set at the Bastad Tennis Stadium.

Cuevas will play his first ATP final on Sunday against the fifth-seeded Joao Sousa.

The Portuguese beat...

July 12, 2014 - 1:55pm
5 min 43 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is returning home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month old son.

The team broke the news to Segura after Friday night's game, a 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was placed on the bereavement list Saturday.

Segura's mother attended Friday's game and told several of the wives of Brewers players. And they told Segura.

The Brewers recalled Elian...

July 12, 2014 - 1:54pm
5 min 43 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the All-Star game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins see the mid-summer party as more than a way to distract from another disappointing season.

In some ways, it's a referendum on the success of outdoor baseball in the chilly north country and the first chance 5-year-old Target Field has had to take center stage.

The Twins' new urban jewel of a ballpark opened in 2010 but has hosted only one postseason series. So...

July 12, 2014 - 1:37pm
5 min 42 sec ago

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods returned to Royal Liverpool on Saturday for the first time since he won his third British Open title in 2006.

The links course looked the same — except for the color of the grass.

Woods eight years ago played on a links that was baked out and brown from weeks of sunshine. The course was so firm and fast that he famously hit driver only once in 72 holes on his way to a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco....

July 12, 2014 - 1:31pm
5 min 42 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany sees the possibility of becoming the first European team to win the World Cup in the Americas as an extra incentive for Sunday's final against Argentina.

Coach Joachim Loew says his team is aware that it can write history since South American teams have dominated on the continent in previous tournament.

Germany beat Argentina 4-0 in the quarterfinals in 2010 in South Africa but Loew called the Argentine defense "much...

July 12, 2014 - 1:22pm
15 min 44 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-hander Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

McAllister began the season in Cleveland's rotation and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore back on May 22. He was activated on June 20 and sent to the minors the following day. McAllister is 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 starts for the Indians.

Right-hander Vinnie Pestano was...

July 12, 2014 - 1:19pm
15 min 44 sec ago

Jeremy Lin is still on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, even after the Houston Rockets failed to land coveted forward Chris Bosh in free agency.

Two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that the Rockets still plan to execute the trade that will send the point guard to Los Angeles for cash considerations. The people requested anonymity because the trade has not been officially announced.

The Rockets first lined up the...

July 12, 2014 - 1:14pm
15 min 44 sec ago

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — The chairman of the new Race Team Alliance says the group would allow other NASCAR teams to join and is focused on promoting the sport.

Rob Kauffman says the group is not immediately trying to renegotiate the teams' cut of an $8.2 billion television package that kicks in next year.

The owners first met in June and soon informed NASCAR the group was forming. NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday there is no animosity from the...

July 12, 2014 - 1:13pm
25 min 43 sec ago

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at a private club in Maryland with ESPN co-host Michael Wilbon.

One of Obama's partners late last month was Tony Kornheiser. Kornheiser is Wilbon's sidekick on the sports show "Pardon the Interruption"

Obama's venue Saturday was TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland. The club has a championship course on 220 rolling acres in Montgomery County.

The White House...

July 12, 2014 - 12:56pm
35 min 41 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preparing to perform at her third World Cup, pop star Shakira says she thanks football for changing her life.

Shakira says she "will never forget that I met the love of my life at the World Cup."

She and Spain defender Gerard Pique met when promoting her 2010 World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka — Time for Africa," and the couple have an 18-month-old son.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's closing ceremony concert, Shakira...

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