Tennis

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 29, 2019 - 12:02 pm
He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10...
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File-This Aug. 23, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams, of the United States, looking up at the scoreboard during her match against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. She also tied a record for most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 and collected a tour-leading 37 titles in all during the decade. Gymnast Simone Biles finished second in the vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. Swimmer Katie Ledecky was third, followed by ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
December 28, 2019 - 12:32 pm
Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
December 27, 2019 - 12:05 pm
He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, front row from left: Flavien Prat on Country House, Tyler Gaffalione on War of Will, Luis Saez on Maximum Security and John Velazquez on Code of Honor compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 26, 2019 - 2:41 pm
Your scholarship as a sports fan is up for renewal. Not to worry. Just answer a dozen questions from 2019 and you're on your way. The passing grade? That's up to the crew in the replay booth. JANUARY President Donald Trump served "massive amounts" of burgers, fries and pizza at the White House to...
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In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 photo, Roger Federer talks to the Associated Press reporter during an exclusive interview in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
December 19, 2019 - 1:05 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roger Federer arrives for his interview at the precise appointed time, steering his white sedan into a parking spot in an industrial area dotted by art galleries about 15 minutes from his luxury apartment in this home-away-from-home. After obliging a selfie...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal, foreground, takes a selfie with fellow players and team staff posing with the trophy after Spain defeated Canada 2-0 to win the Davis Cup final in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 24, 2019 - 5:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal gave all he had on the Caja Mágica center court in Madrid. The top-ranked Spanish star even admitted he risked getting injured by playing eight matches — five singles, three doubles — in six days at the Davis Cup Finals, the new World Cup of men’s team tennis. Nadal won...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, and Feliciano Lopez celebrate after winning their Davis Cup semifinal doubles match against Great Britain's Jamie Murray and his partner Neal Skupski in Madrid, Spain, early Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 23, 2019 - 6:04 pm
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal won his singles and doubles in leading Spain to a 2-1 comeback win over Britain to put the hosts back in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Nadal and Feliciano López defeated Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) in the decisive doubles to secure Spain its first...
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Workers add the finishing touches at the Plaza de Toros bullfighting ring that has been converted into a tennis court to host an exhibition tennis match between Swiss great Roger Federer and German rival Alexander Zverev, in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
November 22, 2019 - 4:05 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — For 73 years, Mexico City’s Plaza de Toros bullring has hosted hundreds of bullfights, but on Saturday it will become a tennis court, as Roger Federer faces Germany’s Alexander Zverev. Saturday’s match is the fourth stop in a tour of Latin America by the tennis greats. It will be...
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Russia's Karen Khachanov, right, and Andrey Rublev celebrate after winning the Davis Cup quarterfinal doubles match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 22, 2019 - 3:17 pm
MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic played singles and doubles but couldn’t prevent Serbia from losing to Russia 2-1 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday, while Britain made the last four by beating Germany without Andy Murray. Djokovic defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to even the score at 1-1, then...
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Great Britain's Andy Murray serves during the Davis Cup tennis match against Netherlands' Tallon Griekspoor in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
November 20, 2019 - 10:09 am
MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray had been in a similar position before, struggling and needing a big comeback to pull off an important victory. And like he’s done so many times in his career, he again came through with a big rally, this time to give Britain a point in his return to the Davis Cup. Murray...
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