LLWS expansion to include Cuba, 2 U.S. regions

The Little League World Series is getting bigger. And a team from Cuba will be making the trip to the tournament no later than 2022 under an expanded format announced Saturday. The expansion is set for 2021, bringing the number of teams at the Baseball World Series from 16 to 20. Also, four teams will be added to the Softball World Series, raising that total to 12. Cuba, Panama and Puerto Rico are to gain direct entry to the LLWS on a rotating basis, with each having a chance two…

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Federer puts Wimbledon in rear view, eyes Open

NEW YORK — Roger Federer wasn’t sad that he lost a historic Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic in July, a five-set 13-12 epic that was the first decided by a final-set tiebreaker at the Grand Slam event. “I was just more upset, rather than being sad,” Federer said during his pre-US Open news conference Friday. “I think being upset made me get over that final much easier than being sad, dwelling over it too much.” Still, he admitted that scenes and moments from that excruciating 4-hour, 57-minute final — Federer…

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Serena, Sharapova to meet in US Open 1st round

NEW YORK — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet at the US Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match. The past US Open champions, two of the biggest stars in women’s tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday for the final major of the year. Williams and Sharapova have met in the finals of the other three majors and the 2012 Olympics but have never played each other in the US Open. Williams owns a 19-2 record in their…

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Mayfield reaches out to Giants’ Jones to clear air

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday that he has reached out to Daniel Jones regarding his recently published comments about the New York Giants rookie quarterback. Mayfield said the two quarterbacks texted and that Jones took the conversation well. As part of an article published Tuesday by GQ, Mayfield said that the Giants’ decision to select Jones with the sixth overall draft pick “blows my mind.” Mayfield reiterated Wednesday that his comments about Jones were taken out of context.

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Minnesota’s Opara eager to show former club SKC what it’s missing in MLS Rivalry Week

11:00 AM ET Austin LindbergESPN FC As much as things have changed for Ike Opara, at the office, it’s business as usual. Last season, he shepherded a defense that ranked fourth in Major League Soccer in both goals against and expected goals against. This season, the back line he leads ranks fourth in goals against and seventh in expected goals against. What has changed is that those defenses are on two different teams: Sporting Kansas City in 2018 and Minnesota United this season. And the change in fortunes of those…

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