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  • PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014

    LONDON (AP) — With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014. The World Cup was in Brazil, but the five-time champions couldn’t make it past the semifinals, losing big to eventual champion Germany 7-1. For the country itself, the World Cup was a success. Hosted…

  • Djokovic, Williams get top ITF annual awards

    LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been selected as the International Tennis Federation’s world champions for 2014. Djokovic won the annual award for a fourth time, while Williams claimed it for a fifth time. Djokovic won Wimbledon for his seventh Grand Slam title and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Williams won the…

  • Money Leaders

    HORSE RACING Through Dec. 14 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockeys Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Javier Castellano 1,309 304 228 201 $24,722,194 Joel Rosario 1,207 210 203 174 $21,326,518 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 1,422 284 240 220 $19,930,049 John Velazquez 894 156 138 112 $19,187,188 Jose Ortiz 1,251 223 205 179 $16,167,627 Mike Smith 541 111…

  • Rome 2024 Olympic bid could also involve Vatican

    ROME (AP) — Sailing in Sardinia. Boxing in Florence. Basketball in Milan. Water polo in Naples. And how about badminton or archery in St. Peter’s Square? Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced Monday that Rome will propose a cost-conscious bid to host the 2024 Olympics that will take advantage of IOC President Thomas Bach’s newly approved…

  • All 100 top-ranked men set for Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — All 100 top-ranked men and 99 of the top 100 women have entered to play the Australian Open in January. Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said in a statement Saturday that the field for the tournament beginning Jan. 19 was one of the “deepest and strongest” in the Grand Slam…

  • CiCi Bellis clinches year-end No. 1 junior ranking

    PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — American teen CiCi Bellis has clinched the world’s year-end No. 1 junior ranking. The 15-year-old Bellis was the sensation of this year’s U.S. Open, stunning Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round to become the youngest player to win a match at that Grand Slam tournament since Anna Kournikova…

  • CiCi Bellis clinches year-end No. 1 junior ranking

    PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — American teen CiCi Bellis has clinched the world’s year-end No. 1 junior ranking. The 15-year-old Bellis was the sensation of this year’s U.S. Open, stunning Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round to become the youngest player to win a match at that Grand Slam tournament since Anna Kournikova…

  • ATP prize money to surpass $100 million in 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Total prize money on the ATP tour will surpass $100 million for the first time in 2015. The ATP says prize-money increases on the World Tour will rise steadily over the next four years and reach $135 million by 2018. The biggest increase will come in the top-tier Masters 1000 tournaments, with…

  • Murray hopes for crowd support in London

    LONDON (AP) — Playing in England for the first time since coming out in favor of Scottish independence, Andy Murray is hoping he won’t get rejected by fans. The Scot, who qualified for the ATP Finals starting Sunday in London following a late run of form, made his position clear on the eve of September’s…

  • Djokovic eyeing third consecutive title at Finals

    SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — Becoming a father has not affected Novak Djokovic’s drive and motivation. The top-ranked Serb won his 20th Masters title in Paris last week in his first tournament since the birth of his baby boy, Stefan. Childcare duties have not lessened his desire to finish the year as…

  • Kvitova to open Fed Cup final against Petkovic

    KAREL JANICEK Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Petra Kvitova will attempt to overcome a losing record against Andrea Petkovic of Germany to give the Czech Republic a good start toward a third Fed Cup title in four years. The Wimbledon champion has a 3-4 record versus the 14th-ranked Petkovic, who won their last two contests…

  • Venus and Serena to open revamped DC tennis center

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams will help unveil renovations of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington. The Department of Parks and Recreation facility has undergone an $18 million renovation that will be unveiled Friday. The facility, which opened in 2001, will have six new outdoor courts and six indoor…

  • Tennis’ Oudin says heart procedure went well

    The Associated Press American tennis pro Melanie Oudin is home after a procedure for a heart condition. The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist wrote on Twitter on Thursday that her trip to an Atlanta hospital “went extremely well.” She added: “Just wanted to thank you guys for your kind thoughts and prayers. It means a lot…

  • Halep parts ways with coach after less than a year

    The Associated Press Fourth-ranked Simona Halep has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette after less than a year. A statement posted on Halep’s Facebook page Thursday said: “My collaboration with Wim Fissette will come to an end, following a mutual agreement. It was a good and beautiful year. I want to thank him and wish…

  • Tennis’ Melanie Oudin needs heart, eye procedures

    HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, then surgery later this month for an eye problem. “I don’t think my luck could get any worse. I just can’t wait for 2014 to be over,” the 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said in…