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Ohtani, backed by Ward's slam, leads Angels past Tigers 7-5

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Shohei Ohtani yielded five hits and a run over six strong innings, and Taylor Ward hit his first career grand slam in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. Ohtani (3-1) also drew two walks at the plate in another two-way performance for the… Read

GOLF

Co-leader Oosthuizen back in familiar spot at U.S. Open

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Perennial major contender Louis Oosthuizen found himself back in familiar territory, tied for the lead with two holes left when first-round play was halted for the day by darkness at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on Thursday. A month after finishing equal second with Brooks Koepka behind Phil Mickelson… Read

TENNIS

Nadal, Osaka both out of Wimbledon; she'll go to Olympics

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Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka are sitting out Wimbledon, leaving the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament without two of the sport's biggest stars as it returns after being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, announced via a series of… Read

AUTO RACING

Hamilton and Mercedes hoping for return to form at French GP

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Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team hope to find a positive sense of deja vu and a return to winning form at this weekend’s French Grand Prix following two shattering street circuit defeats. The seven-time champion and the defending champion team were well beaten in both Monte Carlo and Baku,… Read

GOLF

Hataoka tied for lead at Meijer Classic

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Japan's Nasa Hataoka, who is seeking her fourth win on the LPGA Tour, fired a 65 in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic to finish in a four-way tie for the lead on Thursday. The 2021 U.S. Women's Open runner-up Hataoka is level with Lauren Stephenson, Leona Maguire… Read

TENNIS

U.S. Open to welcome back tennis fans at 100% capacity

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The U.S. Open will welcome back spectators for the year's final Grand Slam tennis event at 100 per cent capacity, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) announced Thursday. After being forced to shut out fans last year due to COVID-19, the tournament will begin selling tickets for the August 30-September 12… Read

SOCCER

Belgium beats Denmark 2-1 in game marked by Eriksen tribute

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Substitute Kevin de Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a European Championship game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half. De Bruyne came on after halftime for his first appearance since sustaining… Read

TENNIS

Humbert upsets Zverev for Halle Open quarterfinal spot

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Ugo Humbert upset Alexander Zverev in the second round of the grass-court Halle Open on Thursday to leave Andrey Rublev as the only seeded player to reach the quarterfinals. The third-seeded Zverev hit 20 aces but it wasn't enough as Humbert won a close match 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3. Zverev… Read

SOCCER

Man City to open Premier League title defense against Spurs

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Manchester City will open the Premier League season with a trip to Tottenham as part of a tough start to the champions' title defense. The league's 2021-22 schedule was released Wednesday and threw up the intriguing prospect of Tottenham striker Harry Kane playing in the opening round on Aug. 14… Read

TENNIS

Osaka still set to play Wimbledon, say organizers

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Wimbledon organizers say Japanese star Naomi Osaka is still down to play at the Grand Slam event which starts later this month and has not given any indication she will skip it. The 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam winner said following her withdrawal from the French Open that she was taking… Read

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