Women's sports

Boxing promoters Eddie Hearn and managing partner of Skill Challenge Entertainment Omar Khalil sit, during a press conference at The Savoy Hotel, London, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Anthony Joshua's promoters say his world heavyweight title rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 7. (Ian Walton/PA via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 4:14 pm
LONDON (AP) — Putting profits ahead of politics, Anthony Joshua's promoter dismisses concerns over the boxer's decision to fight in the kingdom. The human rights organization Amnesty International contends Joshua will be engaging in "sportswashing" — giving the Saudi government a chance to cleanse...
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August 12, 2019 - 3:22 pm
Former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Monday. Markgraf will oversee the search for a new coach to replace Jill Ellis, who is leaving the team in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United...
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August 12, 2019 - 12:17 pm
A person with knowledge of the hiring says former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because the appointment had not yet been formally announced by U.S. Soccer. Yahoo...
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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, celebrates after defeating Sofia Kenin, of the United States, during the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 6:58 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the Rogers Cup title match with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin on Saturday, becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to make the women's final. The 19-year-old Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, will face Serena Williams on Sunday...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, Bryson DeChambeau, of the United States, looks at his putt on the fourth green during the first round of the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. DeChambeau wasted no time defending himself against accusations of slow play Saturday, Aug. 10, after harsh criticism on social media stemming from a video showing him taking more than two minutes to hit an 8-foot putt at The Northern Trust. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
August 10, 2019 - 5:48 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau wasted no time defending himself against accusations of slow play Saturday after harsh criticism on social media stemming from a video showing him taking more than two minutes to hit an 8-foot putt. Among those who criticized him on Twitter was Eddie...
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Serena Williams, right, of the United States, smiles as she shakes hands with Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after defeating her in two sets during quarterfinal Rogers Cup tennis tournament action in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 9:27 am
TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 Friday night in a rematch of their U.S. Open final. Williams faced Osaka for the first time since losing to her in a contentious 2018 U.S. Open final. The 37-year-old...
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Simone Biles celebrates after competing on the beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 10, 2019 - 1:09 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The competition isn't the judges. Or the rest of the field. Or even the sport she's dominated for the better part of a decade. Simone Biles conquered all of them long ago. What drives Biles is the voice in her head, the one that tells the best gymnast in the world that...
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Serena Williams, of the United States, returns the ball to Ekaterina Alexandrova, of Russia, during the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 08, 2019 - 9:55 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams won for the second straight night at the Rogers Cup, beating Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals. Playing her first event since losing the Wimbledon final, Williams opened with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens of Belgium...
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Simona Halep is a Romania returns a shot to Jennifer Brady of the US during round 2 of the Rogers Cup Women's tennis tournament in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 07, 2019 - 7:55 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams won her first match since losing the Wimbledon final, beating Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Rogers Cup. The 37-year-old Williams has won the event three times, all in Toronto. She will face Russia's Ekaterina...
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Simone Biles stretches during practice for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 07, 2019 - 4:43 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mix of rage, disappointment and grief are still there. Just under the surface. And while Simone Biles tries to stay focused on the healing process more than 18 months after the Olympic gymnastics champion revealed she was among the hundreds of athletes abused by...
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