WASHINGTON — The ball cleared the centre field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.
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WASHINGTON—David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For J.D. Martinez, Nolan Arenado, Aaron Judge and every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game.
Tune in tomorrow night and no telling where fans will see fielders. Especially in what's become merely an exhibition—why not try a five-man outfield?
PARIS—It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.
France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow yesterday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.
BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox rolled through the pre-All-Star game portion of their schedule piling up wins. Now, they'll have a few days to sit back, relax and enjoy their historic start.
WASHINGTON — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For J.D. Martinez, Nolan Arenado, Aaron Judge and every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game.
LONDON—It was clear right from the opening game of Angelique Kerber's Wimbledon semifinal how things were going to go. She was not going to dictate or control much.
She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defence and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of nearly every point.
ATLANTA—Ozzie Albies' first career multihomer game was special.
Making his mother's wish come true was even better.
Albies snapped Atlanta's power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 yesterday to move back into a tie for the NL East lead.
LONDON—Seven-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy today.
Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener.
MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios said it feels weird to be described as an all-star after being named to the American League team for the first time in his career.
His pitching last night showed the honour isn't misplaced.
PARIS — When France’s xenophobic fringes disparage the country’s diverse World Cup team as more African than European, fans say, “So what?” And then respond with a resounding “Allez les Bleus!”