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Police had previously responded to Bills star’s home

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home ...

Ex-Knicks star Charles Oakley arrested at Las Vegas casino

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said Thursday. Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las ...

New Jersey businesses get $16M in sports bets in 1st 2 weeks

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Two casinos and a racetrack in New Jersey took in $16.4 million in sports bets during the first two weeks such wagers were legal in the state. Figures released Thursday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the Borgata and ...

Wimbledon glance: Nadal, Djokovic to renew rivalry in semis

LONDON (AP) — A quick look at Wimbledon: LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY: This is the first time all four male semifinalists at a Grand Slam tournament are in their 30s. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic renew their rivalry in one semifinal, while Kevin Anderson and John Isner meet in the other. This will ...

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed. "I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled ...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what’s ahead at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup , which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. PUMP UP THE VOLUME Will Smith, Nicky ...

Dumoulin and Bardet lose time at Tour after bikes break

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Sometimes in cycling the bike can be the rider's biggest enemy. Tour de France contenders Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet both lost significant time in the overall standings after spokes on their wheels snapped near the uphill ...

Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Yes, this will be Serena Williams' 10th Wimbledon final. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era. Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if ...

Famous dive in last France-Croatia World Cup match

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took pace the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup. Les Bleus led Croatia by a goal in their 1998 semifinal at Stade de France when French defender Laurent Blanc gave Slaven Bilic a ...

Harper headlines Home Run Derby field, will face Freeman

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night. The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers ...