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4 Wimbledon, French Open matches flagged for unusual betting

LONDON – The Tennis Integrity Unit says a total of four matches at Wimbledon and the French Open have been flagged for unusual betting patterns. The TIU’s quarterly report, released Wednesday, says...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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The Alps behind him, Chris Froome has one hand on Tour de Francewin No. 4

COL D’IZOARD, France – On the highest mountain-top finish of the 104th Tour de France, in a rocky moonscape where the air thins, only the hardiest organisms survive. A few pine trees, tough old...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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After Olympic crash, Van Vleuten wins La Course stage

COL D’IZOARD, France – Annemiek van Vleuten won the first stage of the La Course women’s race Thursday before Stage 18 of the Tour de France, attacking on the climb to the Col d’Izoard pass in the...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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An All-American start to the British Open

SOUTHPORT, England – The wind off the Irish Sea pushed away the rain clouds and bathed Royal Birkdale in sunshine, Stars and Stripes. The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor....

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Brooks Koepka rested, far from rusty at British Open

SOUTHPORT, England – Brooks Koepka isn’t willing to share details of his trip to Las Vegas right after he won the U.S. Open, which is probably just as well. The sly grin that accompanied his short...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 30 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Alex Bowman to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in No. 88 car

INDIANAPOLIS – Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that the 24-year-old Bowman will replace one of the series’...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Matt Kuchar has it all – except for the wins that really matter

SOUTHPORT, England – The smile is still there, and so is the week-in, week-out consistency that has made Matt Kuchar a very rich man. He’s also got an Olympic medal, though tellingly it’s not gold....

DATE: July 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 30 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Pep talk from caddie inspires Rory McIlroy at British Open

SOUTHPORT, England – Rory McIlroy was standing on the sixth tee and already doubting his chances of making the weekend at the British Open when his negative thoughts were interrupted by his caddie,...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | UPDATED: 30 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Biting criticism for El Salvador soccer players for gnawing on U.S.

PHILADELPHIA – Pushing and shoving? Of course. Pinching? Borderline. But biting? Retired stars Landon Donovan, Alexi Lalas and Steve McManaman said lengthy suspensions are needed to stop players...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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The Juice will be loose: O.J. Simpson granted parole

LOVELOCK, Nev. – O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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U.S. soccer survives biting, beats El Salvador to reach Gold Cup semifinals

PHILADELPHIA — Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 on Wednesday night in an ugly CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal during which...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Nolan Arenado hits 3 homers, sends Rockies to sweep of Padres

DENVER — To fire up Nolan Arenado, just give him a day off. His manager mandated he sit a game, and Arenado stewed over it for a night before taking it out on the baseball. Arenado lined three...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports