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Royals fan whose cancer fight gained attention dies

A Kansas boy whose fight against cancer and love of the Kansas City Royals received national attention during last year’s World Series has died. He was 7.

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Former Tiger Carroll says he’s heading to Raptors

When DeMarre Carroll’s left knee buckled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the breakout season that put him on the precipice of a big payday nearly went right down the drain.

Defense leads U.S. to the Women’s World Cup final

It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.

At hot-for-Wimbledon, Venus and Serena on collision course

Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

All set for start of Tour de France

The Tour de France is like a good bouillabaisse, the traditional Mediterranean seafood stew. Take out one ingredient, and it does not taste the same.

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Quintana paces White Sox to 7-1 win over Cardinals

Melky Cabrera homered to back a strong outing from Jose Quintana, and the Chicago White Sox pulled away late to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Wednesday night in a game interrupted by three rain delays.

Own goal gives Japan win against England in World Cup

England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.

Blues sign Lehtera, lose Jackman

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.

Cavaliers break the bank on Day 1 of free agency

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert promised LeBron James he would do whatever it took financially to surround him with a team capable of ending the city’s 51-year championship drought.

Carrasco loses no-hitter with a strike to go in 9th

Carlos Carrasco was one strike away from throwing Cleveland’s first no-hitter in 34 years and already considering ways to celebrate.

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Altuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win

Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Houston Astros complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night.

White Sox activate reliever Jennings from 15-day DL

The Chicago White Sox activated reliever Dan Jennings from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Junior Guerra to Triple-A Charlotte.

Wednesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on July 1, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 11-2 on Wednesday, ending Boston's winning streak at three.

Cards' Garcia ruled out for Thursday, no DL move expected

Jaime Garcia has been pushed back again and won't start Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals because of what the pitcher calls a mild left groin strain.

Attention shifts from No. 1 McIlroy to Spieth halfway through the year

The No. 1 player in golf already has three wins in 2015, including a World Golf Championship, and he has finished in the top 10 at both majors. Halfway through the year, however, Rory McIlroy is playing second fiddle.

Spieth is racking up the points with two majors remaining

Jordan Spieth already has accumulated the second-most FedEx Cup points in the regular season, and there’s still two majors, a World Golf Championship and the John Deere Classic on his schedule before the playoffs begin.

Athletes adjusting to cameras all over arenas, stadiums

When LeBron James pulls into the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, there are cameras waiting.

Blatter not traveling to Women's World Cup final

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will skip the Women’s World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game’s ruling body.

Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Zverev tries to join exclusive group

Since 2006, only five teenagers have managed to reach the men’s third round at Wimbledon — and three of them went on to become Grand Slam champions: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Marin Cilic.

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