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Naomi Osaka, the champion of U.S. Open women's singles, smiles during a press conference in Yokohama, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 13, 2018 - 1:38 am
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese. The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan...
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Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stand outside the family home, in Baltimore, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, of the suspect in a mass shooting earlier in the day in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 27, 2018 - 9:47 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A champion gamer's decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition — killing two people and wounding nine others before killing himself — has prompted calls from gamers for more security at esports tournaments. "It's very clear that we need to be more...
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Martin Truex talks with a crew member during practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
August 17, 2018 - 11:34 pm
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. needs sponsorship to stay with his championship-winning race team. Truex is locked in a fierce battle with former champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in his push to defend last year's Cup Series title. His Furniture Row Racing team is in the...
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Simone Biles practices on the floor during a training session at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 15, 2018 - 10:34 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Simone Biles is not here to save gymnastics. Or at least USA Gymnastics. The reigning Olympic champion understands how bumpy of a ride it has been for her sport's national governing body since she stepped off the podium in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, a fourth Olympic gold medal...
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Justin Thomas points the Gary Player Cup trophy after winning the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
August 05, 2018 - 8:06 pm
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Nervous at the start, Justin Thomas was in full control at the Bridgestone Invitational to the end. He had a four-shot lead and faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would only determine his margin of victory. And then he nearly lost it. He marked his ball, turned...
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo, Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The biggest win for Tiger Woods this year was simply getting a chance to play. He narrowly qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational, which is being held for the last time on the Firestone course where Woods has won eight times. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
August 01, 2018 - 4:37 pm
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — This is one farewell party Tiger Woods didn't want to miss. Firestone will host the world's best players for the last time at the Bridgestone Invitational, and it wouldn't be the same without Woods. He has won it eight times, a PGA Tour record for most victories on the same golf...
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The crew for NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. work on the race car before auto racing practice, Friday, July 20, 2018, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
July 20, 2018 - 4:43 pm
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has a sudden thirst for sponsorship cash. Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team had about three weeks' notice that 5-hour Energy was set to leave the defending NASCAR champion as a primary sponsor at the end of the season. After a 10-year relationship, the...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2018 file photo, Bologna's Simone Verdi celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Bologna and Verona at the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium in Bologna, Italy. The Decreto Dignita, which was approved by Italy’s council of ministers on Monday, July 2, 2018, will come into effect on January 1, 2019, all advertising of gambling-related products and services will be banned, while sports clubs will also be prohibited from carrying sponsors from that industry. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP, file)
July 05, 2018 - 4:47 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian soccer's top league has expressed "extreme worry" after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy. The Decreto Dignita, which was approved by Italy's council of ministers on Monday, will come into effect on January 1...
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Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy clears the ball during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
June 17, 2018 - 5:04 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, NASCAR CEO and Chairman, Brian France, talks to reporters during a news conference before a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race practice in Homestead, Fla. NASCAR President Brent Dewar has told employees the France family “remains dedicated to the long term growth of our sport.” The memo was sent to employees on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, one day after a media report said the France family was exploring the sale of its stake in the nation’s top auto racing series. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, FIle)
May 08, 2018 - 8:40 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If NASCAR is for sale, the France family isn't saying. An attempt to calm employees about the future of the struggling, family owned racing series came Tuesday from NASCAR President Brent Dewar, but his memo said only that there would be no comment on "industry rumors." It's...
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