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For China, Li Na wins

PARIS – Li Na ended China’s long wait for a Grand Slam champion Saturday, beating Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the French Open final.The Australian Open runner-up celebrated by falling flat...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Rafa vs. Roger: They’re baaaack

PARIS – There was a time when a Grand Slam final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was a regular occurrence.Over a 12-major span from the 2006 French Open to the 2009 Australian Open, seven...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

A’s: Awesome pitching. Anemic offense.

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics had the AL’s best pitching last season. They also had one of the league’s worst offenses. So both areas figured to even out this year, if only because there...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

The Brew Crew: Draft critical in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers built from within, getting top picks and gems late in the draft to have the best farm system in baseball only a few years ago.The approach netted them top...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Dice-K walks onto the 60-day disabled list

BOSTON – Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, maybe next week.Boston manager Terry Francona made the expected announcement after...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Calm and collected, both teams confident

DALLAS – After two days of intense film study and painstaking analysis of the final 14 possessions in their end-of-game collapse in Game 2 of the NBA finals, the Miami Heat finally came up with the...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Canucks’ Burrows bites back in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Everybody knew Alex Burrows was fast. Just not this fast.With the second-speediest overtime goal in NHL playoff and finals history, Vancouver’s bitingly talented...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Revenge? U.S. women only have eyes for World Cup

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The last time they hooked up, Mexico beat the U.S. women for the first time, grabbed an automatic spot in the upcoming World Cup, and forced the Americans to take a circuitous...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

World Cup champs knock out Americans 4-nil

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After allowing three goals in a 13-minute span, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard pounded his hands on his thighs in frustration.And there was still another half to go.“When...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Shaq-Fu kicks playing days, Superman soars into retirement

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Shaquille O’Neal changed from his gray T-shirt and sweat pants into a three-piece suit, then walked by some of the souvenirs he accrued during his NBA days for the final time as...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Celebration? What celebration?

MIAMI – Once again, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade basked in the roar of the crowd in their home arena, only to be accused of celebrating prematurely.Again, they pleaded innocent.The Miami Heat’s...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Heat try to avoid collapse hangover

DALLAS – Dwyane Wade knows in the NBA finals, collapses can carry over.Wade was in the Dirk Nowitzki role five years ago, summoning a desperate charge to rescue a team that was down but refused to...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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