Men's sports

In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, a boys pops a wheelie as he rides his bicycle past a mural featuring Lionel Messi in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Soccer wasn't always Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his hometown, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and occasionally stealing lemons from a neighbor to make juice. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 09, 2019 - 9:12 am
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia on Monday Dec. 9, 2019 from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
December 09, 2019 - 8:01 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, employees work in Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. Russia is accused of manipulating an archive of doping data from a laboratory in Moscow, which was meant to be a peace offering to the World Anti-Doping Agency to solve earlier disputes. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
December 09, 2019 - 3:47 am
The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. Here is a timeline of the drug use, doping investigations and cover-ups: February 2014 — Russian President...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Xander Schauffele of the United States watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan. Schauffele, often an afterthought among young American stars, makes his U.S. team debut at the Presidents Cup this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
December 09, 2019 - 12:05 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Steve Stricker cared only about securing a spot in the first U.S. Open in his home state of Wisconsin. Still, there was something about the PGA Tour rookie in his group during a 36-hole qualifier that intrigued him. It wasn't just the name: Xander Schauffele. It...
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FILE - This July 16, 1981 file photo shows baseball union leader Marvin Miller speaking to reporters after rejecting a proposal to end a baseball strike, in New York. Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Howard, File)
December 08, 2019 - 6:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons delivers his speech during the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony in St. Louis. Simmons, an eight-time All-Star during a 21-year big league career, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Huy Mach /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, file)
December 08, 2019 - 6:50 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ted Simmons can thank WAR, on-base percentage and other modern measures of baseball players for helping him reach the Hall of Fame 31 years after he retired. The eight-time All-Star catcher was elected to the Hall by a veterans committee after falling one vote short two years ago...
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Legendary Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz poses for a photo with a fan after making a surprise appearance at the Day of Legends baseball event at the Quisqueya Stadium, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Dominican-American retired professional baseball player was shot in the back in his native country six months ago by a hired gunman who drove up on a motorcycle and fired at close range, hitting him in the torso. They said the intended target was another man. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
December 08, 2019 - 5:00 pm
SANTO DOMINGO (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity. The Dominican-born superstar was greeted by a standing ovation and raucous cheers...
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Britain's Anthony Joshua celebrates after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. to win their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
December 08, 2019 - 2:30 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Anthony Joshua is set for a London homecoming to start his second reign as world heavyweight champion, with his next fight likely to take place at the recently built stadium of Premier League soccer club Tottenham. Joshua reclaimed his WBA, WBO and IBF titles early...
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Leicester's Jamie Vardy smiles after scoring his side's fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
December 08, 2019 - 10:59 am
LONDON (AP) — A club-record eighth successive Premier League victory for Leicester. An eighth straight game scoring for Jamie Vardy. Leicester has rolled the clock back four years with another title challenge that gathered more momentum with Vardy netting twice in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on...
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Britain's Anthony Joshua celebrates after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. on points to win their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia early Sunday Dec. 8, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
December 08, 2019 - 10:24 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — It’s not all about the devastating knockout for Anthony Joshua anymore. He’s not going to go desperately chasing Deontay Wilder for the elusive belt in his heavyweight collection, either. This is Joshua 2.0. After what he describes as a “roller coaster” year, the British...
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