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July 22, 2016 - 3:52pm
15 hours 19 min ago

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr helped the United States rebound on Friday in the UL International Crown, and Melissa Reid drew kudos for a gutsy effort while playing alone for England after her partner was sidelined by an illness.

Thompson and Kerr routed Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Porani Chutichai 4 and 3 for the Americans' first two points after they were shut out in the first session of the LPGA event. The United States almost had a sweep, but...

July 22, 2016 - 3:48pm
15 hours 19 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivo Karlovic hit 26 aces and saved all four break points he faced while beating sixth-seeded Jack Sock 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) on Friday at the Citi Open to reach the hard-court tournament's semifinals for the first time since 2007.

Sock had a chance to force a third set, holding a set point at 6-5 in the second tiebreaker. But the 13th-seeded Karlovic erased that with a 133 mph ace, then delivered a 130 mph service winner to get to match point and won when...

July 22, 2016 - 3:35pm
15 hours 19 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged his country's Olympic athletes to "show the world that we are clean and can win clean" as he gave them a send-off for the Rio Games.

Kenyatta made a number of references to doping in his address to the athletes on Friday, with Kenya's distance-running reputation undermined by a series of drug scandals in recent years.

Referring to the athletes, Kenyatta said "these people don't need drugs or...

July 22, 2016 - 3:15pm
14 hours 49 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NFL says it is reviewing domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott.

A police report says Elliott denied allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend early Friday in Columbus, Ohio, causing bruises and abrasions. The report says he wasn't arrested because of conflicting versions of what happened.

Three witnesses told police they didn't see Elliott assault the 20-year-old woman. Elliott says...

July 22, 2016 - 2:45pm
15 hours 39 min ago

The NCAA is sending a questionnaire about potential discrimination laws to organizers in cities that will be or are hoping to host sanctioned college sporting events.

The NCAA board of governors' decision comes a day after the NBA announced it would pull its All-Star game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

NCAA leaders...

July 22, 2016 - 2:33pm
15 hours 59 min ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will wait another week before responding to five NCAA charges.

The school issued a statement Friday saying UNC and others involved in the case had requested an extension to Monday's response deadline. The school says it will respond to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations (NOA) on Aug. 1, then publicly release a copy a day later after a review and possible redactions to comply with privacy laws.

The school says...

July 22, 2016 - 2:13pm
16 hours 9 min ago

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay $560 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge in East Lansing, Michigan.

David Meyers, an attorney for the city, says the noise violation is not a criminal charge so no guilty plea is required. Green's attorney, James Heos, said Friday it's akin to a parking ticket.

Green was accused of striking a Michigan State...

July 22, 2016 - 1:27pm
16 hours 29 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner has discussed the various victories in her life, including winning Olympic gold, in a documentary-style video for clothing retailer H&M.

Jenner describes tearfully climbing the medal podium after winning gold in the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Games. She calls sports a "wonderful diversion from myself."

Jenner also discusses overcoming dyslexia as a child and transitioning to a woman as an adult. She says being...

July 22, 2016 - 1:15pm
16 hours 59 min ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn's athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level before making any pitch to join the conference.

UConn currently plays most sports as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

But David Benedict, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Friday, acknowledged the school aspires to be a member of the Big 12 or another Power Five league.

Benedict...

July 22, 2016 - 1:04pm
16 hours 59 min ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dennis Green, a trailblazing coach who led a Minnesota Vikings renaissance in the 1990s and also coached the Arizona Cardinals, has died. He was 67.

Green's family posted a message on the Cardinals website on Friday announcing the death. Other details were not immediately disclosed, though the Cardinals said Green had died of a heart attack.

Green spent 10 seasons in Minnesota, leading the Vikings to eight playoff appearances...

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