Germany hopes to be 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

FILE - This June 28, 2017, file photo shows the refurbished Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, where the opening match and final of the World Cup will be played when the soccer world gathers at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the European portion of Russia starting June 14 for a 32-day, 64-match championship. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century.

Mariners overcome Trout’s 2 HRs in 5-3 win vs Angels

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz, right, hugs teammate Kyle Seager after Cruz hit a two-run home run to score Jean Segura during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — A healthy and confident Nelson Cruz usually means good things are on the horizon for the Seattle Mariners.

Ahead of World Cup, amputee soccer teams compete in Ecuador

In this June 9, 2018 photo, players from the Manta Club rest as one gets physical therapy attention at the half of their match against Fuerzas Armadas during a national soccer tournament for players with amputated limbs, in Quito, Ecuador. Some of the players are hoping to be selected for a national team that will compete in the 15th World Amputee Football Federation's World Cup taking place later this year in Guadalajara, Mexico. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The players race down the field chasing a soccer ball and trying to kick it into their opponents’ goal. Unlike most soccer players the world over, many of these athletes compete while using crutches. Others are missing arms.

Earl Thomas is skipping Seahawks mandatory minicamp

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, center, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) react on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Seattle. Thomas is putting the pressure on the Seattle Seahawks for a new contract, saying he will not participate in any team activities until his contract situation is resolved. That includes the upcoming mandatory minicamp. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Earl Thomas is putting the pressure on the Seattle Seahawks for a new contract, saying he will not participate in any team activities until his contract situation is resolved.

Indiana Fever still looking for first victory

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Indiana Fever coach Pokey Chatman shouts instructions during the first half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Minnesota Lynx in Indianapolis. It's been a tough start to the season for the Fever. The team has lost its first eight games - the worst start in franchise history. Indiana had a good shot at its first victory Sunday, June 10, 2018, but fell to New York 78-75. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — It’s been a tough start to the season for the Indiana Fever.

Washington honors champion Capitals with parade

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia,, and center Nicklas Backstrom, of Sweden, right, hold up the Stanley Cup as the Capitols arrive at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., Friday, June 8, 2018, the day after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Stanley Cup-champion Capitals will celebrate the city’s first major four pro sports championship in 26 years with a parade down Constitution Avenue this morning.

Mickelson takes another shot at elusive US Open

This photo taken May 10, 2018, shows Phil Mickelson hitting from the 11th tee during the first round of the Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Mickelson doesn't need to be reminded that this is his 27th appearance in the U.S. Open, more than any of the 156 players at Shinnecock Hills and and needs this title to complete the career Grand Slam. He wouldn't want to be reminded that 65 players, including the last four major champions, were not even born when Mickelson was low amateur in his first U.S. Open in 1990 at Medinah. "I just can't believe that time has flown by so fast," he said Monday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky,File)

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson is running out of time.

What we learned at this year’s French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria's Dominic Thiem in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

PARIS — Rafael Nadal’s 11th French Open title raised his Grand Slam trophy count to 17, three away from the men’s record held by Roger Federer.

Telemundo hopes viewers like World Cup better in Spanish

Argentine sportscaster and legendary Telemundo soccer broadcaster Andrés Cantor poses during an interview about his 2018 World Cup assignment, Wednesday May 16, 2018, in New York. Getting ready to broadcast its first World Cup, Telemundo hopes Cantor can persuade American viewers that soccer is better in Spanish. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK — Andres Cantor screamed “Goal!” for 38 seconds, four fortissimo shrieks of shock, elation and hysteria that exceeded even the usual volcanic standard set by the Pavarotti of the pitch. Getting ready to broadcast its first World Cup, Telemundo hopes his huge-capacity lungs persuade American viewers that soccer is better in Spanish.

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