WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Petra Kvitova has plenty of experience on the grass courts of Wimbledon. After all, she’s a two-time champion at the All England Club.
But that doesn’t mean everything is easy for her once she steps onto the green courts in southwest London.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic famously decided not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — which prevented him from playing at the Australian Open in January following a legal saga that ended with his deportation from that country, and, as things currently stand, will prevent him from entering the United States to compete at the U.S.
Boylen set to lead USA Basketball into World Cup qualifiers
Former NBA PG Rod Strickland hired as LIU basketball coach
Hornets forward Miles Bridges arrested on eve of free agency
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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
The NFL and Deshaun Watson’s legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day Wednesday, with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on Thursday.
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — LIV Golf’s first U.S. event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out against the Saudi Arabia-funded tour.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The recurring cries of “Come on, Andy!” at Centre Court meandered somewhere along the continuum from pushing to pleading as two-time champion Andy Murray’s shortest stay at Wimbledon came to a close.
ST HELENS, England (AP) — The British sports minister confused rugby league with rival rugby union on Thursday.
Nadine Dorries stunned a rugby league audience in St Helens by referring to Jonny Wilkinson's match-winning dropped goal for England in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup final in Sydney.
The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube.
The league announced Thursday that it is partnering with Contract with Black America Institute, an economic inclusion-focused initiative led by artist and entrepreneur O’Shea Jackson, who is known as Ice Cube.
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that Formula One should ignore “old voices” and reject racism as it focus on becoming more inclusive.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Goalie Craig Anderson is putting off retirement for now, returning to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday for a one-year contract.
The 41-year-old Anderson also played for Buffalo last season, going 17-12-2 and leading the team in wins despite missing a lengthy stretch with a neck injury.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Bahrain Victorious team at the Tour de France was raided by police for the second time this week on Thursday, a day before the tour's grand start in Denmark.
The team confirmed in a statement that the hotel rooms and vehicles of riders and staff in suburban Copenhagen were searched by Danish officers, and they “fully cooperated with all the officers’ requests, and the search was completed within two hours.
GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Cameron Green and Alex Carey fired Australia to a 101-run first-innings lead against Sri Lanka after two days of the first test on Thursday.
Australia was 313-8 at stumps after a rain-affected day, in reply to Sri Lanka's 212 all out.
ميلانو (أ ب)- اشاد دوري الدرجة الأولى الإيطالي بتعديل قانون إيطالي الغي حدا مدته ثلاث سنوات على عقود حقوق البث التلفزيوني الأجنبية.
وقال لورنزو كاسيني، رئيس دوري الدرجة الأولى الإيطالي لكرة القدم، يوم الخميس ”القواعد الجديدة ستساعد في زيادة الإيرادات ، مع عائدات أكبر سيكون لها تأثير إيجابي على نظام كرة القدم بأكمله”.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona sold some of its television rights for more than 200 million euros to help its finances, the club said on Thursday.
The Catalan club said investment firm Sixth Street will invest 207.5 million euros ($215 million) in exchange for 10% of the club’s Spanish league TV rights for the next 25 years.
ميلانو (أ ب)- دوري الدرجة الاولى الايطالي يشيد بتعديل قانون خاص بحقوق البث التلفزيوني الاجنبي.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird became the WNBA's leader in career wins with 324 on Wednesday night as the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 88-78.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Wales will debut flanker Tommy Reffell in the first test against world champion South Africa while George North returned to the lineup on Thursday for the first time since early 2021.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus bid official farewells to Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi and Álvaro Morata on Thursday.
Dybala’s and Bernardeschi’s contracts expired on Thursday and they leave the club as free agents.
MILAN (AP) — Serie A is hailing a change to Italian law that abolishes a three-year limit on contracts for foreign TV rights.
The change should also eliminate long delays in formulating contracts.
كوبنهاغن، الدنمارك (أ ب)- داهمت الشرطة مقر إقامة فريق البحرين فيكتوريوس في سباق فرنسا للدراجات للمرة الثانية هذا الأسبوع يوم الخميس، قبل يوم من انطلاق الجولة الكبرى في الدنمارك.
وأكد الفريق ما جاء في بيان من أن غرف الفريق بفندق في ضواحي كوبنهاغن ومركبات الدراجين والعاملين خضعت لتفتيش الشرطة الدنماركية وان اعضاء الفريق”تعاونوا بشكل كامل مع جميع طلبات الضباط، وتم الانتهاء من التفتيش في غضون ساعتين.
كوبنهاغن، الدنمارك (أ ب)- الدنمارك: تفتيش غرف فندق فريق البحرين للدراجات لثاني مرة خلال اسبوع.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Second-rower Cadeyrn Neville will become the oldest Wallabies player in more than 20 years to make his test rugby debut after his surprise inclusion in the Australia side to face England on Saturday in Perth.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Whether Shohei Ohtani is unleashing his 101 mph fastball or dispensing his large array of breaking balls, the Angels' two-way ace has overpowered every opponent during his shutout surge through June.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Santiago Moreno scored a pair of goals in the space of two minutes in the first half and the Portland Timbers hung on to beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Darwin Quintero scored a second-half goal for the Dynamo, who have not won in Portland since 2011.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, Jason Castro lined a two-run homer in the ninth and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 2-0 Wednesday to send New York to its first three-game losing streak this season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose.
Chicago catcher Willson Contreras pointed toward the dugout and let out a roar.
TORONTO (AP) — J.D. Martinez drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.
TORONTO (AP) — Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.
The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.
SEATTLE (AP) — Mason Toye scored two goals to lead Montreal to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.
Toye tied it at 1 in the 18th minute and scored the go-ahead goal in the 62nd for Montreal (9-6-2).
PHOENIX (AP) — Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and seven assists, Sophie Cunningham added 14 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 99-78 on Wednesday night.
Phoenix (9-12) beat Indiana for a seventh straight time, including an 83-71 victory on Monday.
Winger Leicester Fainga’anuku has been named to make his test debut as part of a COVID-hit All Blacks team in Saturday’s first rugby test against Ireland.
For the visitors, flyhalf Johnny Sexton will captain an experienced and consistent Ireland lineup in his 106th test match and combine with New Zealand-born scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park .
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Vincent Sevigny and Cam MacDonald scored early and the host Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup, beating the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Avisaíl García hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Federico Navarro scored in the 68th minute and the Chicago Fire beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Gabriel Slonina saved both of the shots he faced for Fire (4-8-5).
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brenner completed a hat trick in the 70th minute and Cincinnati tied New York City FC 4-4 on Wednesday night.
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian teen Jacen Russell-Rowe had two assists to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old Russell-Rowe, from Brampton, Ontario, is a former Toronto FC academy player.
A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC's young roster can help him at least partially rediscover the fountain of youth.
In return, the veteran Italian defender looks to help the club capture its first Major League Soccer championship.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer took their next steps Wednesday toward returning to New York's rotation.
DeGrom, sidelined since last July 7, threw 27 pitches to hitters in Port St.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has that look: four or five days of stubble when he takes the mound, a focused glare, a game-day demeanor that if not quite ornery is admittedly intense.
“I can't be that guy that rolls in on start day and is just kind of like loosey-goosey and having fun with guys and then try to turn it on when I take the field,” he said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings acquired high-scoring forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for their first-round pick in the upcoming draft and prospect Brock Faber.
PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Wednesday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez claimed not taking a peek at where his 12th home run of the season finally came to rest.
Maybe he should have. Not many homers at T-Mobile Park land where the 21-year-old deposited his latest longball.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A stolen Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team has been found in Southern California, authorities said Wednesday.
Jordyn Poulter reported the medal stolen May 25 after the Olympian discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim, police said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Haase hit a two-run homer to break a 1-all tie in the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Wednesday.
It was Haase’s fifth home run of the season and his second in the last three games.