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  • Baseball: Hitting, scoring are both way down in MLB

    PHOENIX (AP) — Scoring in the first half of the season dropped to its lowest level in 19 years and the major league batting average shrunk to its smallest midseason figure since 1985, confirmation that the Steroids Era has ended and that a new Age of the Pitcher is taking hold.
    There were 8.4 runs per game prior to the All-Star break, according to STATS LLC, down 6 percent from last year’s 8.9 at the midpoint and 20 percent from the peak of 10.5 in 2000.
    “The pitchers in the National League — it’s crazy,” San Francisco’s Pedro Sandoval said Monday, a day before the All-Star game. “We’ve got Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.”

  • Tennis: Federer, Nadal and Williams all advance

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams — players with a combined 12 Wimbledon titles — all won in straight sets Saturday to move into the fourth round and keep up their pursuit of even more championship trophies at the All England Club.
    Six-time champion Federer beat David Nalbandian 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to move closer to equaling the record of seven Wimbledon singles titles held by Pete Sampras and 1880s player Willie Renshaw. Two-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal committed only three unforced errors in a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-0 victory over Gilles Muller, a 92nd-ranked wild card from Luxembourg.

  • Basketball: Cavaliers take Irving as first pick of draft

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyrie Irving probably secured his spot atop the NBA draft when he went to Cleveland and beat his future coach in a shooting contest.
    Yet even surrounded by family and friends from his nearby hometown, Irving couldn’t relax Thursday.
    “When David Stern came up there and said that the Cleveland Cavaliers have five more minutes on the clock, that felt like the longest five minutes of my life,” Irving said.
    Imagine how Jimmer Fredette felt.
    The sweet-shooting NCAA player of the year had to wait 2½ hours from the time he was picked by Milwaukee to the time he officially became a member of the Sacramento Kings after being involved in the biggest trade of draft day.

  • Tennis: Longest match sequel turns into dull affair

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Inevitably, the sequel didn’t live up to the original. Not even close.
    The replay of the longest match in tennis history turned out to be a ho-hum Part II, with John Isner beating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in two hours in the first round at Wimbledon.
    It was a far cry from the 2010 epic, in which Isner triumphed 70-68 in the fifth set of a marathon that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and stretched over three days.
    “Nothing’s going to live up to that match,” the American said after winning Tuesday’s contest 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (6). “It wasn’t going to go that long.”

  • McIlroy wins US Open by 8 shots--video extra

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Every time Rory McIlroy lined up a shot Sunday, there was some sort of record on the line, some kind of history to be made.

    That was this year's U.S. Open version of suspense. There was never any doubt that the kid from Northern Ireland was going to win it.

    In complete control of his emotions and his game, McIlroy never slipped. He won his first major championship by shooting a 2-under 69 at ultra-soft Congressional and closed his four-day onslaught at 16-under 268, eight shots ahead of Jason Day and four shots better than the U.S. Open scoring record formerly held by four players, including men named Woods and Nicklaus.

  • Football: Owners, players will meet again Tuesday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching a labor deal soon is hardly a done deal in the NFL.
    Team owners will be updated on recent negotiations with the players when they meet in Chicago on Tuesday. They’ve been told to prepare to stay an extra day because of the complexity of the proposals both sides have discussed in sessions over the last three weeks.
    Getting the required 24 of 32 owners to agree on anything can be difficult, let alone something as complex as a new collective bargaining agreement. And there has been enough pushback from owners that progress made recently might not lead to an agreement in the next few weeks.

  • Golf: McIlroy moving into record territory at US Open

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Rory McIlroy holed out from the fairway for eagle on the eighth hole at the U.S. Open to move to 10-under par, building a six-shot lead at the midway point of Friday's second round.

    McIlroy's short approach hit the back of the green and bounced twice, then spun backward about 20 feet and dropped into the cup. He thrust both hands in the air and Phil Mickelson, playing in his threesome, applauded.

  • Hockey: Bruins win Game 7 and the Cup

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — While the Boston Bruins beelined across the ice to mob him at the buzzer, Tim Thomas tapped both goalposts, sank to his knees and rubbed the ice in front of his empty goal.
    Thomas drew a virtual line in his crease throughout these crazy, contentious Stanley Cup finals, and Boston’s brilliant goalie just wouldn’t allow the Vancouver Canucks to cross it whenever it really mattered.
    After 39 years without a championship, the Bruins ripped the Cup — and several thousand hearts — out of a Canadian city that has waited four decades itself for one sip.
    Thomas was just too good and now the Cup is headed back to the Hub of Hockey.

  • Football: League, players and lawyers meet again

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners are meeting with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland.
    A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the negotiations have continued Wednesday and they include lawyers for both sides.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

  • Hockey: Bruins force Game 7

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins left their home ice for the final time in a jubilant line, waving and clapping back at the adoring Garden crowd. Tim Thomas returned for one last loop as the first star in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, triumphantly waving his stick above his head.
    With three blowout victories at home in the Stanley Cup finals, the Bruins picked a wonderful way to leave town for the last time this season.
    Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in the first 8:35 to chase Roberto Luongo from another game in Boston, and the Bruins sent the Stanley Cup finals to a decisive seventh game with a 5-2 victory over the Canucks on Monday night.