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Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team ...

Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women’s soccer at Olympics

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time. Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of goals and the Swedes stunned the United States at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in the women's soccer ...

LaVine cleared, USA Basketball awaits 3 NBA Finals players

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday's matchup against France, the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus ...

Repeat? Spain reigned, US upset last time Japan hosted hoops

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer When major international basketball last came to the Tokyo area, the U.S. sent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. All great players. Just not good enough. "We lost," Paul said. The 2006 world championship was perhaps the last ...

Let the fashion policing begin on opening day of Tokyo Games

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively ...

After Olympics, Grant Hill to take USA Basketball men’s lead

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Grant Hill was not looking for new things to do. He's on the board of trustees at Duke, his alma mater where he played for Mike Krzyzewski. He's an investor, broadcaster, public speaker, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, co-owner and vice chairman of ...

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

By EDDIE PELLS and PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writers American champion Sha'Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, told of her ban Friday on the ...

Mohoric posts first Tour stage win after long breakaway

LE CREUSOT, France (AP) — Matej Mohoric posted his first stage win in the Tour de France on Friday following a long breakaway in the race's longest stage. The 249-kilometer (155-mile) hilly trek from Vierzon to Le Creusot was the longest in 21 years. Mohoric was part of a group that formed ...

Overdue Sabalenka on verge of breakthrough at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — No. 2-seeded Aryna Sabalenka is into the second week at Wimbledon and on the verge of a career breakthrough. The hard-hitting Belarusian beat qualifier María Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0, 6-3 Friday to reach the fourth round, and she might be overdue for a deep run in ...

Without Giannis, Bucks beat Hawks 123-112 for 3-2 lead

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Even without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks figured out a way to end their recent habit of slow starts. Now they're just one win away from finishing off the Atlanta Hawks and earning their first NBA Finals berth in ...