VANCOUVER — Atop BC Place’s championship stage Sunday, 21 U.S. women’s national team players formed a semi-circle around Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone. The squad’s longest-serving members accepted the gold-plated World Cup trophy from FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou and, on the count of three, hoisted it to the heavens.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon walked away from a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning with a bruised tailbone and forearm and a strong opinion about racing at NASCAR’s fastest tracks.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 that stretched into the early hours of Monday and featured a fence-mangling accident involving Austin Dillon at the end of the race.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — For a time when she was younger, Carli Lloyd wasn’t sure she belonged on the U.S. national team.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Nelson Cruz knew he was getting All-Star votes from the Dominican Republic. But he believes it was the Mariners fans who pushed him over the top.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The twisted brilliance of the four-year World Cup crystallizes a player’s legacy in an instant, ignores the years of dedicated training for a single moment of fast-twitch muscle memory.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Shutout, nine runs, shutout.
MONTREAL — Sunday, as kickoff approaches for the Women’s World Cup final, U.S. national team players will aim one last smile or nod toward family members and friends gathered at sold-out BC Place in Vancouver.
NFL players have a very short shelf life to make significant amounts of money so it’s tough to fault anyone who has outperformed a contract when they go knocking on the door to ask for more.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Two wins in a row might have been a rarity for the Mariners in the last six weeks, but three wins in a row seems like an impossibility.
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LONDON — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal raced away to winning starts as nervous Wimbledon officials endured a “heatwave” day on the lawns while Andy Murray had to struggle to advance into the second round.
The Championships, Wimbledon commenced Monday and it was the usual suspects coming away with victories. World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic was a first-round victor on a gorgeous day at the All England Club. Djokovic was joined in the second round by French Open titlist Stan Wawrinka.
Karl-Anthony Towns already had completed an animated hand slap with his father, hugged and kissed his mother and shook hands with several more people before he finally huddled for a brief moment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. After months of excitement and stress culminated in the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting him first overall, Towns smiled, exhaled and let out a “Wooo!”
Before anyone could bury the center position because of the Golden State Warriors’ small-ball waltz to an NBA title, the draft has arrived with a reminder that the lure of taking a potentially dominant big man will always trump modern trends.