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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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April 29, 2018 - 4:36 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Premier League leading scorer Mohamed Salah said Sunday he is insulted over the unauthorized use of his image and blames the Egyptian Football Association in a dispute that comes less than two months before the World Cup in Russia. The Egyptian soccer star is furious his image features...
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April 12, 2018 - 10:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. trade dispute with China (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Japan is cautiously welcoming President Donald Trump's request to his trade team to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Government spokesman...
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Drivers head into Turn 1 after a restart during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 10, 2018 - 1:17 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Monster Energy will remain the title sponsor of NASCAR's top Cup Series through 2019 in an extension announced Tuesday. Monster is not expected to be back after next year as NASCAR will re-evaluate how it sells its sponsorship. The Monster contract with NASCAR is estimated to...
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March 30, 2018 - 4:02 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — DraftKings says it has contacted potential casino partners in New Jersey with an eye to offering sports betting if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes it. The Supreme Court is considering the state's challenge to a law limiting sports betting to just four states. A ruling...
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