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Auto racing: Joey Logano makes big play for NASCAR championship with win at Martinsville

Joey Logano earned a shot at NASCAR’s Cup title by using an old fashioned bump-and-run on Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Truex slid sideways …


Thai owner of Leicester City soccer team dies in helicopter crash

The Thai billionaire owner of English Premier League team Leicester City was among five people who died after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from …


Red Bulls win the Supporters’ Shield; MLS playoffs set

The race for the Supporters’ Shield came down to the final regular-season games, with the New York Red Bulls claiming the award for most points this season with a 1-0 …


Roger Federer wins 99th title

Roger Federer won his 99th career ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors final.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens to win season-ending WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals trophy.


Golf capsules: Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, Nelly Korda win big

Xander Schauffele gave the Americans a sweep of the World Golf Championships and quickly put a winless sophomore season behind him.


Late rally lets Tony Finau keep 3-shot lead in HSBC Champions

Tony Finau finished with three straight birdies for a 2-under 70 and took advantage of a late collapse by defending champion Justin Rose to keep his three-shot lead Saturday in …


WTA Finals: Sloane Stephens rallies to reach final vs. Elina Svitolina

Sloane Stephens overcame a terrible start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina. “I came …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Olympic champion Simone Biles fights through kidney stone at gymnastics world championships

A bout with a kidney stone did little to slow down Simone Biles. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion easily posted the top score during the early portions of qualifying at …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Cameron Champ shoots 65, takes one-stroke lead at Sanderson Farms

Cameron Champ shot a 7-under 65 in wet, windy and unseasonably cool conditions at the Country Club of Jackson to take the first-round lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship. On …


Karolina Pliskova reaches WTA Finals semifinals with win over Kvitova

Karolina Pliskova won the first set to eliminate Petra Kvitova and then won the second set to advance to the semifinals at the WTA Finals. Pliskova beat Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 …


Ewart Shadoff takes early lead at LPGA Taiwan Championship

Jodi Ewart Shadoff shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shadoff carded seven birdies in a bogey-free round at …


Patrick Reed opens with 64 to take lead at HSBC Champions

Patrick Reed returns from his post-Ryder Cup break with a bogey-free round in windy conditions for an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. Reed putted for …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 2:35 p.m.

Saudi government funds won’t pay for new FIFA events

FIFA says new competitions that will bring in $25 billion are not funded directly by any nation, including Saudi Arabia. Documents seen by The Associated Press show that FIFA told …


Ryan Armour back at Sanderson Farms after breakout season

Ryan Armour’s attempt at winning back-to-back Sanderson Farms Championships will involve fighting fatigue as much as what the golf course throws his way. The 42-year-old will start his title defense …


Brooks Koepka makes debut at No. 1 and hopes to keep rolling

Brooks Koepka is having the kind of year he only imagined in his dreams, and he’s not ready for it to end. He won two majors, was PGA Tour player …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens win in 3 sets at WTA Finals

Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber both earned three-set victories at the WTA Finals on Wednesday to leave their group wide open ahead of the last round. Stephens beat Kiki Bertens …


Golf notes: Paul Azinger does not plan on using ‘choke’ in replacing Miller

Paul Azinger used to say for years that the only thing that made a player choke was cash or prestige. So he’s not afraid to use the word “choke.”


WWE women’s movement takes hit with Saudi Arabia involvement

The WWE women’s movement has taken a serious hit as the company nears event in Saudi Arabia. The WWE has touted Sunday’s all-female Evolution event Sunday in New York as …


Doug Ferguson: Brooks Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result …


Caroline Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year’s WTA Finals

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki earned her first victory at this year’s WTA Finals. She beat Petra Kvitova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Wozniacki is now 1-1 in her group while Kvitova is …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

NBC hires Paul Azinger to replace Johnny Miller

NBC Sports is hiring Paul Azinger as its lead golf analyst with hopes he can deliver his own brand of the sharp, candid observations that made Johnny Miller such a …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix as Hamilton F1 title bid denied

Kimi Raikkonen’s second stint with Ferrari has been long on frustration and short on victories. That finally changed Sunday at the U.S. Grand Prix where the Finnish driver earned his …


American Nathan Chen wins Skate America men’s title

Nathan Chen ran away with the Skate America men’s title Saturday.


Lionel Messi breaks right arm, out for about 3 weeks

Lionel Messi has broken a bone in his right arm and will be sidelined for about three weeks.


Carlota Ciganda shoots 67 to share lead at LPGA Shanghai

Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.


Wimbledon to introduce final-set tiebreakers in 2019

The All England Club says it will introduce final-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon next year when a match reaches 12-12. The grass-court Grand Slam tournament is the second of the four …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching would boost tennis

Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity. Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used banned hand signals to try to help Williams …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

Another gymnastics official faces charge in Nassar fallout

The Texas indictment of former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny for allegedly tampering with evidence is the latest fallout from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. …


Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

The Women’s Tennis Association says No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a lower back injury. Halep’s withdrawal means Kiki Bertens qualifies for the final …