Women's sports

Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after a shot to Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 06, 2019 - 12:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting to Grand Slam finals has not been the hard part for Serena Williams since returning to tennis after having a baby. It's what comes next that's been the problem. Despite repeated injuries, despite a lack of proper preparation, Williams keeps putting herself in position to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2010, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a media conference at the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie, La. There's Spygate and deflated footballs, a bullying incident and a bounties case. Those are just a few of the biggest scandals that have plagued the NFL just in the past 15 years, excluding all the players suspended for allegations of domestic violence. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
September 06, 2019 - 9:11 am
There's Spygate and Deflategate, bullying and bounties. Those are just a few of the NFL's biggest scandals in just the past 15 years. And that's not taking into account all the players suspended for allegations of domestic violence. The most divisive of all — Colin Kaepernick's protest for social...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2019, file photo, Netherlands' Jackie Groenen celebrates after scoring during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France. The first-ever Manchester derby in the Women’s Super League opens the season when the competition is still a boost in crowds after the big interest in England’s run to the Women’s World Cup semifinals. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
September 05, 2019 - 10:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — From her new home in Manchester, Jackie Groenen will gaze across to the nearby stands of Old Trafford visualizing the day she can play in the stadium. Groenen can dream big this year. Even before helping the Netherlands reach its first Women's World Cup final in July, Groenen had...
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Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 05, 2019 - 10:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — By no means was Serena Williams perfect at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal. She faced three break points in the opening game and managed to pull it out. She trailed 40-love in the second, then came through again. Another trio of break points arrived later in that initial set...
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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after defeating Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 05, 2019 - 10:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It was way back in March, before Bianca Andreescu had ever won a WTA title, when she lost in the semifinals of a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. That's the last time the Canadian finished a match on the wrong side. Six months and two titles later, that's the way 15th-seeded...
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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after scoring a point against Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 05, 2019 - 8:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu has reached the final in her U.S. Open debut by beating No. 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6 (3), 7-5. The 19-year-old Andreescu is appearing in only her fourth...
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Class of 2019 inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, from left to right, Chuck Cooper III, accepting on behalf of his late father Chuck Cooper, Susan Braun, accepting on behalf of her later father Carl Braun, Al Attles,Vlade Divac, Ron Coville accepting on behalf of his father-in-law, Bill Fitch, Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Dick Barnett for Tennessee A&I, Linda Price for Wayland Baptist, Teresa Weatherspoon, and Paul Westphal, pose for a photo during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
September 05, 2019 - 2:54 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Vlade Divac and Jack Sikma were big men who could pass and hit a jump shot, helping redefine the post position in the NBA. They were the centers of attention Thursday, receiving their orange jackets in advance of Friday's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball...
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DELETES REFERENCE TO OUDIN BEATING THREE OTHER SEEDED PLAYERS ALONG THE WAY - Retired tennis player Melanie Oudin coaches young players at Windward Lake Club, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Alpharetta, Ga. In 2009, Oudin pulled off four upsets at the U.S. Open, including against Maria Sharapova, to become the youngest quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 1999. (AP Photo/John Amis)
September 05, 2019 - 7:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, Melanie Oudin says with a laugh, she still has the shoes. If you followed tennis at all in 2009 or watched even a bit of that year's U.S. Open, you know the ones: size 9½, pink-and-yellow, with the word "BELIEVE" in all caps on the heel. And you know Oudin (oo-DAN'): a 5-foot-6...
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Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, tapes his racket grip before facing Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the fifth set during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 04, 2019 - 11:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Plenty of Roger Federer wannabes had the same experience when they first tried tennis. They would retreat to the baseline, wait for the ball to come, take a swing, and whack ... into the bottom of the net. So the next ball would come, they would swing a little harder, and whack .....
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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hits a return to Diego Schwartzman, of Argentina, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 04, 2019 - 9:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Rafael Nadal has reached his 33rd Grand Slam semifinal and prevented Diego Schwartzman from making it to his first. Nadal beat Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in Arthur Ashe Stadium to move a step closer to a...
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