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  • Wimbledon men’s draw a 3-way race

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he’ll be hoisting the trophy in two weeks.
    None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same.
    It’s tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year’s championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday.
    “They’ve, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit,” said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
    They sure have.
    It has been either Nadal or Djokovic has won each of the past nine major tournaments.

  • James posts triple-double as Heat rout Thunder for title

    MIAMI (AP) — Music blared and confetti fell, the only celebration LeBron James really wanted in Miami.

    Not that one two summers ago, the welcoming rally where he boasted of multiple titles, perhaps without realizing how hard it would be to win just one.

    He dreamed of this moment, with teammates surrounding him and the NBA championship trophy beside him.

    "You know, my dream has become a reality now, and it's the best feeling I ever had," James said.

    James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Miami Heat in a 121-106 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals in five games.

  • Champs! James' Triple-Double Lifts Heat to Title
  • Raw Video: Miami Celebrates Heat Championship

    Crowds gathered around American Airlines Arena in Miami to celebrate, after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to win the NBA Championship.

  • James, Heat on verge of NBA championship

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has never been here before.
    He’s been in nearly every imaginable situation everything over his nine seasons marked by three MVP awards, three trips to the NBA Finals with two teams and one decision that changed everything.
    And now this: For the first time, he’s one win from a championship.
    “I have a job to do,” James said Wednesday. “And my job is not done.”

  • Horses travel to London in style

    LONDON (AP) — They didn’t have to absolutely, positively get them there overnight, but when the U.S. Equestrian Federation sent some of its horses to London for the Olympics, it was a special delivery.
    The elite U.S. three-day eventing equine squad landed in London on Monday on a FedEx flight, having taken the red eye from Newark, N.J. They’re not the first competitors to arrive as the countdown to the games clicks to less than 40 days away, but they are among the most pampered.
    “They are all special,” said Tim Dutta, who owns the international horse transport company that organized the trip. “We are working on everybody’s dream.”

  • Clemens’ acquittal is latest blow for federal prosecutors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Bonds. Guilty on a technicality. At least that’s how much of the public sees it. It’s all that came out of a seven-year investigation into baseball’s home run king.
    Lance Armstrong. Not even prosecuted. A two-year, multi-continent investigation brought to a close this year with no charges filed.
    Now Roger Clemens. Acquitted on all counts. A five-year investigation ended with the top pitcher of his generation celebrating with family hugs inside the courtroom.
    After three expensive failures, the government is done, it seems, with the business of pursuing high-profile cases of drugs-in-sports — with a track record not worth bragging about.

  • Webb Simpson wins the U.S. Open

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Webb Simpson has won the U.S. Open for his first major title.

    Simpson saved par on the hilly 18th hole with a chip from the rough to about 4 feet, closing with a 2-under 68 to hold off Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson in a foggy final round at The Olympic Club on Sunday. Simpson finished at 1-over 281.

    Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell were a shot back.

    McDowell missed a birdie putt from about 25 feet on the final hole that would have forced an 18-hole playoff Monday. The Northern Irishman won the title at Pebble Beach two years ago.

  • Miami escapes with 100-96 win Thursday

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James had received plenty of help from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and now he had to finish it on his own.

    With what Wade called the loudest crowd he'd ever heard booing, certain James had just fouled Kevin Durant, the league's MVP walked to the free throw line with 7.1 seconds left and the Miami Heat's huge lead down to two points.

    The guy who has endured too many fourth-quarter failures wasn't letting another NBA Finals game get away.

  • Armstrong faces more doping charges

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong is facing more doping allegations just a few months after he thought he had finally put them to rest.

    Although federal investigators in February closed a two-year investigation without bringing criminal charges, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed new doping charges that could strip the seven-time Tour de France winner of his victories in cycling's premier race.

    Armstrong insists he is innocent.