Men's sports

Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States' Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beat Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 10:27 pm
France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 07, 2019 - 5:26 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 60 games Saturday for taking a diuretic, a big blow to the rotation of a first-place team heading toward the postseason. Major League Baseball said Pineda tested positive for the banned substance and the suspension takes...
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson looks at the speeds during practice for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 07, 2019 - 5:22 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson wants to keep things simple this weekend. Win and he's back in the playoffs. Anything else complicates his strategy. The seven-time NASCAR champion heads into Sunday's regular-season finale two spots and 18 points out of the 16-car playoff, putting him in danger...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 07, 2019 - 3:52 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day...
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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 07, 2019 - 3:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal shrugged his shoulders once, twice, three times. If his words weren't going to make his position clear, his body language would. The question: Would he like to end up with the record for most Grand Slam titles won by a man? The answer, essentially: Yes, of course. And...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo, Zion Williamson, of the Duke University Basketball team, arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Duke says an investigation has found no evidence that Williamson received improper benefits. School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday, Sept. 7, that a "thorough and objective" probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found "no evidence to support any allegation" that would have jeopardized Williamson's eligibility. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
September 07, 2019 - 1:37 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits. School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a "thorough and objective" probe led by investigators outside the athletic department...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States' Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 11:58 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The MVP was good. The USA was better. And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn't Giannis — but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an ill-...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, holds the award of UEFA Champions League forward of the season 2018/19 as he poses with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 07, 2019 - 9:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...
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Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander is mobbed by teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 07, 2019 - 3:07 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK IN ACTION Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander takes the mound for the first time since throwing his third career no-hitter Sunday at Toronto. Verlander struck out 14 and walked one in the 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. He is 7-1 with a 1.76...
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U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen (1) untangles red streamers from his legs after fans showered the field with them when Mexico scored a goal during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. Mexico won 3-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
September 07, 2019 - 2:35 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The soccer gap between Mexico and the United States is far wider than the Rio Grande that separates the nations. Exactly a year before the start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Mexico handed the Americans their most one-sided loss in the rivalry since 2009. Javier...
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