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Cubs win bizarre NLDS Game 5, advance to face Dodgers

WASHINGTON — The Chicago Cubs win whenever they need to, with whatever it takes, even a seven-out save by Wade Davis to preserve a shrinking lead and a “did that really happen?” four-run inning against [Read entire story]

Strasburg forceful; Hendricks is better

WASHINGTON — Relying on precision rather than power, Kyle Hendricks pitched the Chicago Cubs to another winning start in October. Hendricks outdueled Stephen Strasburg on the mound, and the Cubs opened [Read entire story]

Rafael Nadal beats Kevin Anderson for 3rd US Open, 16th major

NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal entered the 2017 Grand Slam season on a 2½-year drought without so much as one appearance in a major final, let alone a title. He ends it having reasserted himself, capped by a U.S. Open final [Read entire story]

Juan Martin del Potro rallies from 2-set deficit to win at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Juan Martin del Potro’s stay at the U.S. Open really should be over. Nearly was. The 2009 champion at Flushing Meadows had a fever and thought about quitting while dropping the opening [Read entire story]

Sharapova’s Slam return ends; Venus Williams to US Open QFs

NEW YORK — Maybe this was just one three-setter too many for Maria Sharapova. Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots. Still, the five-time major [Read entire story]

Sharapova wins another 3-setter to reach US Open’s 3rd round

NEW YORK — No one, not even Maria Sharapova herself, knew quite what to expect from her return to Grand Slam tennis at the U.S. Open. It had been 19 months since she had entered a major tournament. She [Read entire story]

Federer overcomes slow start, lapses to edge teen Tiafoe at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Roger Federer already has dropped two more sets at the U.S. Open than he did during his entire two weeks en route to the title at Wimbledon. Worried about a recent back problem that kept him [Read entire story]

Roger Federer gets record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title

LONDON — After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears. [...] Federer wasn’t focused on the notion of [Read entire story]

Garbiñe Muguruza beats Venus Williams in Wimbledon final

LONDON — As a kid, Garbiñe Muguruza sat in awe in front of the TV as the Williams sisters accumulated Grand Slam titles. [...] Muguruza is all grown up, an emerging player in her own right — and, as of Saturday, [Read entire story]

Wimbledon’s round of 16 focuses on the Big 4

LONDON — As usual, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are playing well at Wimbledon, leading the way into Week2. “It’s their turf,” said Ernests Gulbis, who stood in Djokovic’s way in [Read entire story]

Venus Williams wins, then struggles with questions

The wave of emotion came as Williams attempted to answer a question about the two-car crash that police say she caused June 9 in Florida; a 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died 13 days later. Williams’ 7-6 [Read entire story]

Novak Djokovic opens defense of French Open title with a win

PARIS — If Novak Djokovic was hoping to take a little pressure and attention off himself after some rough results, he very well might have found the perfect way to do that by adding Andre Agassi as a coaching [Read entire story]

No. 1 Kerber out of French Open in 1st round

PARIS — A French Open already missing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova is now without top-ranked Angelique Kerber, too, lending even more of a feeling that the women’s championship is anyone’s to win. Kerber [Read entire story]

Wizards edge Celtics, force Game 7

WASHINGTON — John Wall stood atop the scorer’s table after the game, popping his jersey, yelling and celebrating his three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that propelled his Washington Wizards [Read entire story]