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June 3, 2015 - 9:34am
6 min 57 sec ago

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Organizers of the Dennis Hastert Yorkville Invitational say they will likely rename the wrestling tournament.

Yorkville Wrestling Club executive board president Chad Stevens tells The (Aurora) Beacon-News (http://trib.in/1JofN2E ) the tournament will still take place "but it won't be named the Dennis Hastert anymore."

The decision comes after the former U.S. House speaker from suburban Chicago was indicted last week on...

June 3, 2015 - 9:28am
6 min 57 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah has gotten his first look at Belmont Park, jogging the mile-and-a-half around the huge oval with ease.

Trainer Bob Baffert was on hand for the exercise Wednesday morning and happy to get it over with.

Baffert says that "all I can do is get the horse ready the best I can."

Anerican Pharoah will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in Saturday's Belmont....

June 3, 2015 - 9:26am
6 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams overpowered Sara Errani to reach the French Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win Wednesday.

A two-time champion in Paris, Williams extended her unbeaten record against the 2012 French Open runner-up to nine matches.

It was a stark contrast to Williams' three previous matches, when the 19-time Grand Slam champion got off to sluggish starts and lost the opening set.

Williams broke for a 2-0 lead but...

June 3, 2015 - 8:56am
6 min 57 sec ago

ROME (AP) — With the world leading times in both the 100 and 200 meters this season, Justin Gatlin says he — not Usain Bolt — is the man to beat right now.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's Golden Gala meet, Gatlin says "having two world leads does put me in position to say entering a race, 'OK, I'm the man to go out there and go against.'"

Gatlin beat Bolt at the Stadio Olimpico two years ago, although the Jamaican is not entered this year....

June 3, 2015 - 8:31am
6 min 57 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on Wednesday as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body's 111-year history continued to unfold.

Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, while South African officials denied they made a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Blatter spoke to FIFA staff for about 10 minutes on Wednesday morning,...

June 3, 2015 - 8:16am
6 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:

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3:23 p.m.

Top-ranked Serena Williams has reached the French Open semifinals after beating former finalist Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3.

Williams, who is seeking a 20th Grand Slam title, cruised through the first set in 27 minutes but the 17th-seeded Italian, who lost the final in 2012, tested her somewhat more in the second set.

Williams next...

June 3, 2015 - 7:48am
6 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Titleholder Czech Republic will travel to Romania in the first round of the 2016 Fed Cup.

The Czechs have made it to the final again this year, facing Russia in November.

Also, on the weekend of Feb. 6-7, last year's finalist Germany will host Switzerland.

France will open against Italy, and the Netherlands will travel to Russia.

The draw was on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

In...

June 3, 2015 - 7:30am
6 min 56 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias prize for sports for their "brilliant record" playing basketball for Spain and their respective NBA teams.

The award foundation said in a statement on Wednesday the pair was being recognized for their "sporting standards" as well as being ambassadors for "the Spanish brand."

Pau, aged 34, and Marc, 30, have won world, Olympic, and European championships....

June 3, 2015 - 6:57am
6 min 56 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African sports minister denies $10 million payment was a World Cup bribe.

June 3, 2015 - 6:02am
6 min 57 sec ago

1320 GMT (9:20 a.m. EDT)

The Jordanian Football Association says it is studying FIFA rules to see whether they allow for the possibility of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein succeeding President Sepp Blatter without going to an election first.

Jordanian FA deputy chief Salah Sabra told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the organization's legal department is looking into the matter.

Sabra says there is no FIFA statute prescribing a...

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