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Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to Fiji

Samoa scored a last-gasp try to defeat Canada 21-20 and set up a Pacific Nations Cup final showdown with archrival Fiji here on Wednesday. The powerful Samoans looked to be slipping to a shock defeat after Canada’s Sale Sharks wing Phil Mackenzie raced over for an opportunistic converted try to ...

Jul 30, 2015

Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

Roger Federer pulled out of next month’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Tennis Canada, Valerie Tetreault, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer “wants to make sure he will be (in) top shape for” the U.S. Open, ...

Jul 30, 2015

McIlroy to miss Firestone title defense

Rory McIlroy has told the PGA Tour he will not play the Bridgestone Invitational next week as he recovers from his ankle injury. It will be the second straight tournament that McIlroy will miss as the defending champion. He injured his left ankle while ...

Brady takes fight to court as Kraft rips NFL

Jul 30, 2015

Brady takes fight to court as Kraft rips NFL

Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after ...

Welter embraces role as NFL trailblazer

Jul 29, 2015

Welter embraces role as NFL trailblazer

Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend. It’s only ...

Jul 29, 2015

Penguins send Sutter to Canucks

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford ranks versatile center Brandon Sutter among his favorite players. One Rutherford has now traded twice. The Penguins sent the 26-year-old Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Alex Clendening. The ...

Jul 29, 2015

Retiring Fish loses to Sela in first round

The first stop of Mardy Fish’s farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Israel’s Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Fish said it was a success just to play only his second competitive match of the year. He ...

Tiger stays calm with season on line

Jul 29, 2015

Tiger stays calm with season on line

Tiger Woods knows he’s played poorly over the past two years. Now, he’s facing the prospect of an early end to his season. Normally, the Quicken Loans National would be the beginning of a busy stretch of golf for Woods, including the year’s final ...

Goodell upholds Brady's four-game ban

Jul 29, 2015

Goodell upholds Brady's four-game ban

The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of “Deflategate.” Then the players’ union said it would take it all to court. Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using ...

Jul 28, 2015

Japan earns synchronized swimming bronze at worlds

Japan won the bronze in the team technical routine of the women’s synchronized swimming at the FINA World Aquatics Championships on Monday, the second medal in the biennial event for Japan since 2007 following a bronze in duet a day earlier. Japan, performing last ...