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Brown stuns Nadal; Murray, big guns continue to fire

LONDON — Two-times champion Rafa Nadal crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany.

Capitals sign winger Williams from Kings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals signed former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract on Wednesday after the right winger renowned for his big-game prowess ended his seven-season stint in Los Angeles. “Justin is a proven winner and we feel he will be a great addition to our club” Washington general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters.

U.S. asks Swiss to extradite seven

ZURICH, Germany — The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer’s governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday. The move marks the start of a legal process expected to last several months during which the officials, who have been in jail since being detained on U.S. arrest warrants in May, will either keep fighting extradition to the United States or agree to go.

Hamilton gets his hands on a proper trophy

SILVERSTONE, England — Double world champion Lewis Hamilton was handed one of the sport’s most prestigious trophies on Thursday.The Mercedes driver received the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded annually since 1959 to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s championship, at Silverstone.

Green returning to champions Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State forward Draymond Green announced on Wednesday he has signed a five-year deal to stay with the NBA champions. While earlier reports said negotiations had reached an impasse, Green posted a video on sports site Bleacher Report to say he was delighted to return to the organization.

Mariners on wrong end of shutout against A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Scott Kazmir allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, shortstop Marcus Semien homered, and the Oakland A's defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday night at the Coliseum

Lloyd maintains focus amid stellar run to the top

For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd’s soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot.

Djokovic, Serena turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

LONDON -- With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were eager to escape the Wimbledon furnace as quickly as possible.

M’s pitch consecutive shutouts

SAN DIEGO — Robinson Cano drove in three runs with a homer, a bases-loaded single and a double and Taijuan Walker picked up his fifth straight win Wednesday afternoon as the Seattle Mariners right-hander and four relievers combined for a three-hit, 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Montgomery credits success to different approach on and off mound

SAN DIEGO — Development doesn’t have a singular and unified direction in baseball. The path for position players and pitchers to reach the big leagues varies with turns, missteps, injuries, failures and reversals. It’s a journey that sometimes leads to nowhere.

Lidstrom headlines Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015

DETROIT, Mich. — Sweden’s Nicklas Lidstrom, one of the NHL’s most decorated defensemen and a trailblazing leader, was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the shrine’s seven-member Class of 2015. Lidstrom was joined by fellow National Hockey League players Sergei Fedorov of Russia, Canadian Chris Pronger and American Phil Housley, while American Angela Ruggiero became the fourth woman ever elected for induction.

Jamaica banking on youth and experience

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica are banking on a mix of youth and experience to continue their dominance in the sprint events at the Aug. 22-30 world championships in Beijing event after some strong performances at its four-day trials. The full team will not be named until the Aug. 10 deadline but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who scorched home in 10.79 seconds in the 100 meters, will lead the women’s unit even though no decision has been made about defending her 200m crown.

De La Hoya balks on comeback

BRISTOL, Conn. — Boxing Hall of Famer and former Olympic champion Oscar De La Hoya, after pondering a return to the ring, said on Monday that he would remain retired. “As a professional athlete and someone who has spent almost his entire life in boxing, not a day goes by when I don’t think about coming back,” De La Hoya, 42, said in a statement.

Froome ready for rocky Tour de France

PARIS — Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title although micro managers Team Sky will struggle to control the race like they usually do. Froome, who claimed the 2013 Tour having won almost every race he entered in the build-up to the three-week extravaganza, took a rockier road this year before taking overall victory in the Criterium du Dauphine, the prestigious warm-up for the Tour.

Retentive Japan not underestimating England

EDMONTON, Alberta — England may be being written off by some as rank outsiders for their Women’s World Cup semi-final against defending champions Japan, but their opponents certainly aren’t underestimating them.

Serena Williams, Djokovic, Wawrinka win Wimbledon openers

LONDON — The All England Club gates swung open a week later than usual for the start of the 129th Wimbledon Championships on Monday with sunshine greeting the world's top players and fans streaming in to watch them.

Messi bemoans scoring difficulties

CONCEPCION, Chile — World Cup runners-up Argentina came to the Copa America in Chile as favorites and were expected to put plenty of goals past their opponents. Instead they are the lowest scoring team to reach the semi-finals in which they clash with Paraguay in the southern city of Concepcion on Tuesday.

Japan stadium to cost over $2 billion

TOKYO — Japan’s trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on Monday. The new stadium, which will replace a now-destroyed venue built for the 1964 Summer Games, has been beset by woes including sky rocketing costs.