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  • Sharapova bounced by Lisicki, 6-4, 6-3

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All at once, there was a frenzy of activity at a wet and windy All England Club early Monday afternoon.
    Top-seeded and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, a big hitter in her own right, was overpowered in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki. Four-time title winner Serena Williams was locked in a three-set tussle against a wild-card entry from Kazakhstan who is ranked 65th but is responsible for the only perfect set in women’s professional tennis.
    Defending champion Petra Kvitova was trying to come back after dropping her opening set.

  • Tiger Woods squeaks out a win at Congressional


    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Congressional reopened its gates Sunday to thousands of spectators who got what they expected in the AT&T National — another win by Tiger Woods.

    Only this win didn't follow a typical script.

    Caught in a tense duel with Bo Van Pelt on another sweltering day, it looked as though Woods blinked first until Van Pelt matched him with mistakes of his own. Woods closed with a 2-under 69 and won by two shots when Van Pelt finished with his third straight bogey and had to settle for a 71.

  • Bolt upset by Blake in Jamaican 100 finals

      KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — When the Olympics start, it will be Usain Bolt doing the chasing.

    The World's Fastest Man wasn't even the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night.

    Instead, that honor was snatched away by Yohan Blake, the man they call "The Beast," who blew away Bolt out of the starting blocks and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset the world-record holder by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

    How big a shocker? Time will tell. One thing for sure, however, is that the math for the London Olympics has changed dramatically.

  • Feds File Doping Charges Against Armstrong

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout the best years of his career.

  • College Football Gets Playoff, BCS Is Dead

    College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the major football conferences.

  • Much has changed since Title IX

    NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Emily Miller remembers learning about Title IX during history class, probably sometime in junior high. She’s a little fuzzy on the details, including how and why it came about.
    Every time she steps on the soccer field, though, she feels its effect.
    At 16, Miller can’t even imagine who she’d be without the game. She’s played since kindergarten, and credits soccer for her independence and self-confidence. She’s now a starter on the varsity team at New Trier High School in suburban Chicago.
    “Soccer,” she said, “is what makes me Emily Miller.”

  • 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.