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Latest Slam loss for Williams comes at Wimbledon
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

By HOWARD FENDRICH

Associated Press

 

LONDON — As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry.

Not the so-so serving. Or the bad backhands. This was a larger problem.

"Right now, she doesn't have her usual ability to respond and turn matches around," said Patrick Mouratoglou, who has worked with Williams since 2012. "It was obvious when she trailed 3-0 in the second set. Nothing happened."

 
Huertas leads Colombian sweep of Houston podium
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

HOUSTON — Moments after Colombia wrapped up its victory over Uruguay in the World Cup, a trio of Colombian drivers headed to the rain-soaked podium at the Grand Prix of Houston.

One by one, Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz unfurled their yellow, blue and red flags in a celebratory Saturday for their country. It was the first all-Colombian podium in IndyCar history.

Huertas, a 23-year-old rookie, used strategy to grab his first career victory. He was followed by Montoya, in his highest finish in this year's return to IndyCar, then Munoz, who was moved to third-place when Graham Rahal wrecked Tony Kanaan on an aborted final restart.

 
Former coach Gibbs considers name 'prideful'
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

SPARTA, Ky.  — Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name.

The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that's viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.

 
Brazil squeaks past Chile, next up is Colombia
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Saturday, June 28, 2014 4:55 PM )

Associated Press

 

RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar pointed his right index finger in the air and then formed the shape of a heart with his thumbs and fingers loftily raised above his head.

The 22-year-old striker had just slotted the winning penalty as Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a dramatic shootout after the score was locked 1-1 at the end of extra time, setting the World Cup hosts on course for a showdown against a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia lineup that beat Uruguay 2-0 later Saturday to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

As Chile's last penalty hit the post, it seemed as though the population of Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief that its beloved team was still in the World Cup.

 

 
Bradley says no satisfaction yet for US WCup team
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 8:00 PM

By RONALD BLUM

Associated Press

 

SAO PAULO — Maybe this is a sign the U.S. national team has matured: While much of America celebrated advancement to the World Cup knockout stage, Michael Bradley thinks the accomplishment has to be viewed with perspective.

"It's something to be proud of, getting out of the group, especially given how difficult it was, but we want more," the 26-year-old midfielder said Saturday. "There's no feeling of satisfaction at the moment. We want to be here for another few games. We want to continue to push and push and see how far we can take this."

 
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