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IOC praises Tokyo 2020 plans amid main stadium concerns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 07:32 AM

TOKYO (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates praised preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday while trying to calm concerns over the rising cost of the new National Stadium.

The Tokyo municipal government has been arguing with the central government over how costs of the new stadium will be shared.

The Japanese government said on Monday it expects the overall costs will soar to $2 billion, almost double the original estimate of $1.3 billion.

Bush Center displays rare Honus Wagner baseball card

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 07:21 AM

DALLAS (AP) — One of the rarest, most valuable specimens of sports memorabilia is at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University.

The T206 Honus Wagner baseball card went on display Wednesday. It's regarded by collectors as the "Holy Grail" of baseball cards. An example recently sold at auction for $1.3 million.

The Latest: Vandeweghe eliminates Pliskova at Wimbledon

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 06:47 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):


1:20 p.m.

CoCo Vandeweghe eliminated 11th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old American will next face 22nd-seeded Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion. Vandeweghe beat Stosur in the second round of this year's Australian Open.


12:55 p.m.

Italian cyclist Appollonio tests positive for EPO

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 05:07 AM

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says Italian rider Davide Appollonio has tested positive for the endurance-boosting hormone EPO.

The UCI says Appollonio is provisionally suspended pending a disciplinary case.

Appollonio rides for the second-tier Androni Giocattoli team which is not entered in the Tour de France that starts on Saturday.

The team announced last year that riders signed contracts agreeing to pay fines of 100,000 euros ($110,000) plus compensation if they were caught doping.

California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 04:40 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that.

Here is the Illinois Scorecard from the Associated Press:

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 03:01 AM



Chicago Cubs 1, N.Y. Mets 0

Chicago White Sox 2, St. Louis 1, 11 innings


Quad Cities 2, Beloit 1, 12 innings, comp. of susp. game

Kane County 4, Burlington 2

Peoria 7, Clinton 2


New York 89, Chicago 81



New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 02:12 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of primarily Muslim girls in Minneapolis has designed their own sportswear that is aimed at being both practical and modest.

When the girls played in traditional dress, they risked tripping on long skirts. Or a head scarf could come undone during a crucial play.

The solution: athletic wear that allows the girls to move freely while preserving their modesty.

Grandal's 4 RBIs lift Dodgers to 6-4 win over D-backs in 10

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 02:01 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Yasmani Grandal homered early and hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to finish with four RBIs, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Howie Kendrick tied the game with a run-scoring single in the seventh and put the Dodgers ahead by hitting a homer on the second pitch of the 10th from David Hernandez (0-1). Grandal, who had a two-run shot in the second inning, made it 6-3 with his double into the corner in left.

AP Source: Leonard, Spurs agree on parameters of 5-year deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 01:35 AM

Kawhi Leonard has agreed on the basic parameters of a deal to remain with the San Antonio Spurs.

A person with knowledge of the terms tells The Associated Press that Leonard agreed to a five-year contract that could be worth around $90 million. Leonard agreed to the deal just minutes after the NBA's free-agent window opened at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract isn't finalized.

The deal cannot be completed until July 9, per league rules.

Right-leaning McCain comes up short in foul ball bid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 01:31 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The ball from the left and John McCain leaned to the right.

Not much surprise from the Republican senator from Arizona.

An avid Arizona Diamondbacks fan, McCain was taking in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night when a foul ball flew in his direction.

The foul by Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins landed in the seats, took a big bounce and caromed into McCain's lap. He wasn't able to react fast enough, throwing his hands up in disgust as the ball rolled back toward the field.

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