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Djokovic, Nadal race into French Open 4th round

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic seems in a hurry as he chases his ninth Grand Slam title — and the only one he’s never won — racing into the French Open fourth round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against 19-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. Rafael Nadal also is through Continue reading

What would happen if Western powers boycotted World Cup?

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — What would happen if Sepp Blatter hosts a World Cup and most of Europe, several South American powers and the United States don’t show up? Blatter was voted to a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday, but the governing bodies of soccer’s wealthiest region, the world’s biggest economy and several nations in soccer-crazed South America opposed him following a string of scandals. Continue reading

Jimmie Johnson makes drive toward NASCAR history at Dover

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. Continue reading

Contador suffers but poised to win Giro

Barring a crash in Sunday’s final stage, Alberto Contador is poised to win the Giro d’Italia after the Spaniard limited the damage on the 20th stage, a punishing 199-km trek from Saint-Vincent to Sestriere on Saturday. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider, who won the race in 2008, lost touch with his main rivals in the penultimate climb, up the narrow dirt roads to the Colle delle Finestre, but retained the overall leader’s pink jersey. At the end of the final ascent to Sestriere, Contador was sixth, two minutes 26 seconds behind stage winner Fabio Aru of Italy, who is second overall, two minutes two seconds behind with only one flat stage left to Milan. Continue reading

Nadal crushes Kuznetsov to reach last 16 in style

Rafa Nadal’s attempt to win the French Open for a 10th time picked up pace with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 third round demolition of unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov at Roland Garros on Saturday. The Spanish defending champion, seeded a lowly sixth this year after a run of patchy form, showed the quality that has made him the dominant force on clay for a decade, brushing aside his opponent with relative ease Continue reading

More flooding in Texas after week of storms

(Reuters) – Rain showers caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas early on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 21 people earlier in the week, prompting U.S. President Obama to declare a disaster in the state. Continue reading

Victims of FIFA’s scandal: small clubs, youth, local leagues

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren’t as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can’t afford to travel and developmental leagues that can’t pay referees. Players and coaches can only dream about millions reportedly syphoned off by top soccer officials Continue reading

Murray tames Kyrgios to reach last 16

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during the men’s singles match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 30, 2015. NEWS.GNOM.ES/Gonzalo Fuentes Andy Murray tamed Australian wildchild Nick Kyrgios to reach the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday, winning an entertaining tussle 6-4 6-2 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Continue reading

Mother attacked and baby snatched in Malaga

A MAN was arrested in Malaga City centre for allegedly attacking his partner and separating her from her baby. The woman, in her 30s, was attacked on Calle Refino by a man believed to be her partner who hit her and threw her to the ground before walking away with her baby. Witnesses called the police, and officers arrived at the scene to find her crying with an eight-year-old boy. Continue reading

Djokovic and Murray cut Aussie trailblazers down to size

Top seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray slapped down a pair of Australian upstarts at the French Open to reach the last 16 in impressive fashion on Saturday. Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios are touted as the next big things and pack plenty of box-office appeal but the gulf between brash raw talent and seasoned grand slam champions was evident in the Paris sunshine. Djokovic, bidding for his maiden French Open title, hurtled toward a potential quarter-final clash against defending champion Rafa Nadal with an immaculate 6-4 6-4 6-4 defeat of Kokkinakis Continue reading