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Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole. Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey in a playoff on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

Nadal leads Spanish players’ criticism

LONDON — Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer along with other high-profile figures in Spanish tennis have signed an open letter criticizing their federation over the poor running of the sport in the latest development of an ongoing feud. A total of 44 people put their name on Sunday to a seven-point statement that hit out at general poor organization along with a lack of transparency by the Spanish federation.

Backers of Boston Olympics forecast surplus

BOSTON — Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games unveiled a revised plan for the Games on Monday that they said would run a $210 million operating surplus, addressing concerns the event would leave city taxpayers on the hook. The forecast operating budget of $4.595 billion excludes hefty capital costs including an estimated $2.8 billion to build an Olympic Village for housing athletes and a $1.2 billion temporary stadium that would host athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies and then be disassembled ...

U.S., Germany have rich shared soccer history

The lexicon of American soccer has grown in many ways as the nation has embraced the world’s game. Few fans bat an eye anymore upon hearing the words pitch, nil or tiki-taka.

Germany breaks French hearts in penalty shoot-out

EDMONTON Alberta — Germany beat France in a penalty shootout after their thrilling Women’s World Cup quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time on Friday. The Germans triumphed 5-4 in the shootout after Claire Levogez, chosen as the fifth kicker for France, saw her low shot saved by Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.

Watson in three-way tie for U.S. Senior Open lead

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tom Watson retained his place atop the U.S. Senior Open leaderboard on Friday after shooting a one-under 69 in the second round, but was joined at the top by American Jeff Maggert and Australian Peter Fowler at Del Paso Country Club in California. Playing in the stifling Sacramento heat, the 65-year-old drained four birdies but also had three bogies to drop into a share of the lead with Maggert and Fowler at a five-under 135.

Powell powers to 100m win, Fraser-Pryce sets mark

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former world record holder Asafa Powell surged to the 100 meters title at the Jamaican national trials on Friday in a time of 9.84 seconds, while 2011 world champion Yohan Blake failed to make it out of his semi-final. In the women’s final, double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce scorched home in 10.79 seconds, the best in the world this year, to lay down a marker ahead of her 100m title defense at August’s world championships in Beijing.

Sandberg resigns as manager of struggling Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Ryne Sandberg has resigned as manager of the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, the Major League Baseball team said on Friday. Sandberg, a Hall of Famer and former second baseman with the Chicago Cubs, compiled a 119-159 career record over parts of three seasons with the Phillies.

Lloyd’s goal carries U.S. women past China

OTTAWA, Ontario — Throughout this World Cup, United States coach Jill Ellis has preached the value of improving performances over the course of the tournament.

Canadiens goaltender Price wins Hart Trophy

MONTREAL, Quebec — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a busy night at the NHL’s annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, taking home the Hart Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player and three other honors. Price also won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie, the Ted Lindsay award for the most outstanding player in the league as voted by the players, and the William M. Jennings Trophy.

Two sought in FIFA scandal put on house arrest

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine businessmen Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who are wanted by U.S. prosecutors as part of the FIFA graft investigation, on Wednesday were denied their request to fight extradition as free men and were placed under house arrest, legal documents showed. Hugo Jinkis, 70, and his son Mariano, 40, were among 14 current and former FIFA officials and corporate executives indicted in the United States last month on charges of racketeering and corruption that rocked the soccer world.

Latvian big man Porzingis out to disprove stereotype

NEW YORK CITY — Kristaps Porzingis has the height and shooting touch that makes NBA scouts drool, and the slender Latvian is determined to show he has the passion and toughness to thrive in the world’s top league. The 19-year-old Latvian, who has been playing professionally in Spain, was selected fourth overal by the New York Knicks in Thursday’s NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Herdman chooses Canada over England

EDMONTON, Alberta — John Herdman had a choice to make in 2013 — continue as the head coach of Canada and guide them to a Women’s World Cup on home soil or return home with the goal of taking charge of the England side. The 39-year-old made his decision and on Saturday will lead out Canada against his homeland in a tasty quarter-final showdown at B.C. Place.

U.S. best ‘yet to come’

OTTAWA, Ontario — Carli Lloyd isn’t happy about how the U.S. women have been playing so far during the World Cup, and she isn’t afraid to say so publicly. As the United States began preparations for its quarterfinal matchup with China, the Delran, N. J. native laid out her views in a frank exchange with reporters at Wednesday’s practice.