Women's sports

Argentinian Barcelona player Lionel Messi poses with United States forward Megan Rapinoe after they received the Best FIFA Men's, Women's player award during the Best FIFA soccer awards ceremony, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 24, 2019 - 8:00 am
MILAN (AP) — Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan's iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday. Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women's World Cup title in July, as was Jill...
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Dancers preform during the Best FIFA soccer awards ceremony, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Virgil van Dijk is up against five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the FIFA best player award and United States forward Megan Rapinoe is the favorite for the women's award. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 23, 2019 - 2:40 pm
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on FIFA Best awards at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The women's team of the 2018-19 season, as voted on by soccer players, has been announced at the FIFA Best ceremony. The goalkeeper is Sari van Veenendaal of Atletico Madrid and the Netherlands...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Nastia Liukin arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Liukin is part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
September 23, 2019 - 10:20 am
When she was a kid, Nastia Liukin watched the Olympics on TV and thought how cool it might be to one day meet some of America's greatest athletes. Then, she became one. Now, she'll be in the Hall of Fame with them. The champion gymnast and once-shunned track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos were...
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September 22, 2019 - 3:49 am
WUHAN, China (AP) — American Danielle Collins beat seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday. Williams controlled the match early, going up 5-3 in the first set before dropping nine games in a row. A major turning point occurred when...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Lynx's head coach Cheryl Reeve instructs her players during a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles. Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
September 18, 2019 - 3:35 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by one...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, New York Liberty coach Katie Smith watches during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. “It’s awesome to be able to have that pick,” Smith said. “We’re going to be able to add a really elite piece to what we already have. It’s a silver lining to a year where we battled and came up short. It’s something we can look towards the future and add a piece that will help us compete for a championship.” (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 17, 2019 - 6:53 pm
The New York Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year's WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history. One of the original WNBA teams, the Liberty won the draft lottery Tuesday night. New York had the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick with a 44.2% chance. "It's awesome to be able to...
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FILE _ In this Aug. 18, 2013, file photo, from front left to right, Russia's Mariya Savinova, Kenya's Eunice Jepkoech Sum, United States' Alysia Johnson Montano and United States' Brenda Martinez compete in the women's 800-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Montano will receive bronze medals she was cheated out of by Savinova who finished ahead of her at the 2011 and 2013 world championships but was later disqualified for doping. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
September 16, 2019 - 3:20 pm
American Alysia Montaño will receive bronze medals she was cheated out of by a Russian who finished ahead of her at the 2011 and 2013 world championships but was later disqualified for doping. Montaño said Monday on social media that she had been invited to world championships in Doha, Qatar, where...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever's Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore shocked the basketball world when she stepped away from the WNBA earlier in 2019 before the season began. She’s spent a lot of her time away from the game trying to help a family friend, Jonathan Irons, get his conviction overturned. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 16, 2019 - 9:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore startled basketball when she stepped away from the WNBA before the season. She has spent a lot of her time trying to help a family friend overturn a conviction. Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997, convicted in the nonfatal shooting of a homeowner during a...
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In this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 16, 2019 - 4:21 am
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. Now he's training for next year's Olympics without a guarantee he can compete. Mollaei was the...
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Suzann Pettersen of Europe plays out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the Fourballs match against the US in the Solheim cup at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
September 15, 2019 - 11:39 am
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Europe has reclaimed the Solheim Cup in astonishing fashion by beating the United States 14 ½-13 ½, with Suzann Pettersen holing the clinching putt on No. 18 in the last singles match on the course. About 30 seconds after European player Bronte Law secured a 2-and-1 win...
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