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Should we go the distance?

Dear Annie: I will be moving soon — several states away — and I’m torn about the state of my relationship. I’ve been with my significant other for five years. That’s not something I can easily let go of. But we have been growing apart for some time now, and we’ve discussed that we ...

Nurse daughter is right on the money with fasting advice

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is a registered nurse, and tells me that when getting blood tests, it is not necessary to fast eight to 12 hours even though my doctor says to do so. Four hours is enough, she claims. Is this true, or is my daughter trying to be a doctor, if you know what I mean? — ...

Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, chasing Ronald Acuna Jr. and the ...

Intense NL Central to sizzle in second half

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn’t let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs manager appeared ready to take on any and all comers from the Pittsburgh ...

Serena back in finals, facing Halep

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Hours before her Wimbledon semifinal, Serena Williams spent some time deep in thought and arrived at a couple of conclusions. For one thing, she shouldn’t focus too much on trying to raise her Grand Slam title total to 24, a number achieved by just one other ...

Federer, Nadal set to face off at Wimbledon for 1st time since ’08

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All these years later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at Wimbledon for the 40th installment of their terrific rivalry — and first at the All England Club since their memorable 2008 final. “Such a long time,” Nadal said. They moved on to the ...

Sharp, Chun share Marathon Classic lead

SYLVANIA (AP) — Alena Sharp of Canada and Youngin Chun of South Korea shared the Marathon Classic lead at 7-under 64 on Thursday, a stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis and three others at Highland Meadows Golf Club. The 38-year-old Sharp, winless on the LPGA Tour, had eight birdies and a ...

Mystery, excitement for British Open’s return to Portrush

raeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score was a source of hope. And then a month later, Darren Clarke became the first Ulsterman in 64 years ...

Djokovic to take on tricky opponent

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic only has to look back a few months to remind himself that he shouldn’t underestimate his next opponent at Wimbledon. The top-ranked Serb will be facing Roberto Bautista Agut, a player who beat him in both of their meetings in 2019 — on hard ...

Surging rookie Wolff headlines field

Matthew Wolff made a name for himself by winning the 3M Open in his fourth PGA Tour start after turning pro. The 20-year-old who starred at Oklahoma State will try to make it two in a row this weekend at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Wolff was the tour’s youngest winner ...

Leonard, George officially join LA Clippers

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade ...

‘Brittle’ diabetes encompasses harder-to-control blood sugar

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 74 years old and have been a brittle Type 1 diabetic for 50 years. I have no history of heart disease. My doctor of 40 years recently retired and had me control my hemoglobin A1C to a range of 5.9-6.2. My new doctor, who is in her mid-30s, wants me to elevate my hemoglobin ...

Wanted: real customer service over the phone

Dear Annie: Am I the only one who feels life is too complicated these days and I feel absolutely powerless when it comes to calling a big company to get service? I am old enough to remember the days when we bought a television, put it in the car, drove home, plugged it in, played with the ...

Manfred: Baseballs not juiced, but decreased drag puzzling

CLEVELAND (AP) — Faced with a record onslaught of home runs that has convinced many pitchers that baseballs are juiced, Commissioner Rob Manfred says the sport has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process. A May 2018 report to Major League Baseball by professors ...

Serena reaches semis

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Slowed by a balky ankle, trailing by a service break in the third set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal, Serena Williams appeared to be in trouble Tuesday against an opponent playing the tournament of her life. Williams was down, yes. But out? No way. And now she is ...

Bieber dominant, AL prevails

CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound. A day after an awesome Home Run Derby got baseball buzzing even more about monster shots, only a couple balls flew out of Progressive Field at the All-Star Game on Tuesday ...

Wolff quickly adds a trophy to hype

Matthew Wolff is so good that as a freshman at Oklahoma State, he received a vote for the Haskins Award as the best college player without even winning a tournament. There’s a little more to the story. And it starts long before Wolff went from NCAA champion to PGA Tour winner in a span of ...

Unsolicited advice to Democrats: Slow down

WASHINGTON — In their quest to reduce former Vice President Joe Biden’s early polling lead in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, some of his rivals risk undercutting their prime focus of removing President Donald Trump from office. First New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and then California ...

Our Free Speech Crisis

The First Amendment to our Constitution was proposed by the 1788 Virginia ratification convention during its narrow 89 to 79 vote to ratify the Constitution. Virginia’s resolution held that the free exercise of religion, right to assembly and free speech could not be canceled, abridged or ...

Walking down the aisle without drama

Dear Annie: I’m getting married in a few months, and I’m paying for everything myself. My parents are divorced and not on good terms, but I have a good relationship with both of them and want them there. Recently, my mom said she expects me to ask my grandfather (her father) to walk me ...