PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ Practice rounds can be pure joy at Pebble Beach, especially the seven-hole stroll along the Pacific coast. The U.S. Open flags on every pin are a reminder of the grind that awaits. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.
GLF--US OPEN-ANDERSON'S LEGACY
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ It's hard to blame Brooks Koepka for not knowing much about the man whose record he's chasing. For decades, pretty much everyone forgot about him. His name is Willie Anderson. And though Anderson will never be confused with Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, his accomplishment back in 1905 - winning his third consecutive U.S. Open - is something nobody has been able to match. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BKN--NBA FINALS PREVIEW
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight championship. Winning for injured teammate Kevin Durant certainly ranks No. 1 heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals. By Janie Mccauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. _ Kevin Durant confirmed what everyone most feared: He underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Durant posted on social media Wednesday the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return from a strained right calf that sidelined him a month. By Janie Mccauley. SENT: 800 words.
BOSTON _ The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, with the winner skating away with the most iconic trophy in North American sports. The Bruins last won it in 2011, while the Blues never have. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. By 0300 GMT.
REIMS, France _ The goals were one thing, the celebration another. The U.S. women’s national team faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand. The victory broke the World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Alex Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most in tournament history. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 730 words, photos.
NICE, France _ France recovered from a terrible own goal to beat Norway 2-1 on Wednesday as the host nation remained undefeated at the Women's World Cup. Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after video review determined Ingrid Syrstad Engen had fouled Marion Torrent in the area. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 200 words, photos.
GRENOBLE, France _ Asisat Oshoala became the second Nigerian player to score in two different Women's World Cup tournaments with a late goal in a 2-0 victory over South Korea on Wednesday. SENT: 200 words, photos.
MADRID _ Real Madrid has signed French left back Ferland Mendy from Lyon, making the defender the third addition to its squad this summer. Madrid announced Wednesday that Mendy will sign a six-year contract, with Lyon saying the transfer was worth 48 million euros ($54 million). SENT: 300 words.
SAO PAULO _ Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda says forward Alexis Sanchez has recovered from an ankle problem and could start the team's Copa America opener against Japan on Monday. SENT: 300 words, photos.
TAUNTON, England _ Crowds booing. Chants of "Cheat, cheat, cheat!" It became the background noise at the Cricket World Cup for David Warner, something he expected in England in the wake of a 12-month ban from the Australian team for his involvement in a ball-tampering saga last year. By John Pye. SENT: 800 words, photos.
TAUNTON, England _ David Warner erased any lingering doubt about his batting since his comeback from a 12-month ban with an almost run-a-ball century to help Australia hold off Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday. Warner wasn't exactly back to his best, but he still reached his first hundred for Australia since 2017 from 102 balls, stroking 11 boundaries and a six in the process. By John Pye. SENT: 700 words, photos.
NOTTINGHAM, England _ KL Rahul has been challenged by India batting coach Sanjay Bangar to adjust quickly to opening the innings after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of at least their next three Cricket World Cup games. Bangar confirmed Dhawan broke his left thumb last Sunday against Australia while scoring a match-winning century. His absence is a blow to India. By Foster Niumata. SENT: 350 words, photos.
ROANNE, France _ Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will miss this year's race after a "bad crash" in training on Wednesday. Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said Froome sustained a suspected fractured femur in a 60 kph (40 mph) crash. SENT: 200 words, photos.
STUTTGART, Germany _ Milos Raonic edged past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) Wednesday to reach the Stuttgart Open quarterfinals. Raonic, who lost last year's final to Roger Federer and also needed a tiebreaker to get past Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday, hit 24 aces to beat Tsonga in 2 hours, 27 minutes. SENT: 200 words.
So much for Warren Gatland being "done" with the British and Irish Lions. The New Zealander will be back at the helm of the famous rugby team for a record-tying third time after being selected as head coach of the Lions' 2021 tour of South Africa. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
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