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Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports book director who has been setting NASCAR odds since 1995, analyzes the field for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Wilder excited to defend WBC heavyweight title in home state

Deontay Wilder, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, will make the first defense of his title Saturday against Eric Molina on a Showtime-televised card in Birmingham, Ala. “I’m excited about coming to my home state of Alabama,” Wilder said.

Army-Navy refusal to move game bad for college football

The decision by the parties associated with the Army-Navy game to stick to their date a week after the other schools have finished playing hurts college football. Navy should switch or be ineligible for a New Year’s Six game.

Despite drought, bettors believe in U.S. women’s soccer team

The U.S. soccer team is favored to win the Women’s World Cup, which began Saturday in Canada. The Americans are around plus-200. Germany, champions in 2003 and 2007, is the second choice at plus-300. Defending champion Japan, France and Brazil are around 7-1.

No surprise that NFL canceled fantasy football convention in Las Vegas

That the NFL continues to brazenly champion an anti-gambling stance when it knows a profit margin that handsomely lines the pockets of owners is directly linked to those who wager on games and play fantasy football is a disingenuous ruse that has grown boring.

American Pharoah wins Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown — PHOTOS

American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

Patrick, Calipari trade shots over Wildcats tourney run

John Calipari and Dan Patrick have a long, good-natured history of busting each other’s chops. But tensions ran high between them Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show” after the host asked the Kentucky coach if he would have been better off using a short rotation instead of a platoon in the NCAA Tournament.

Book claims Iverson was drunk during ‘practice’ rant

Allen Iverson was drunk during his infamous “practice” rant, according to “Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” a book written by Kent Babb of the Washington Post that was released this week.

Serena Williams wins French Open, claims 20th Grand Slam

World number one Serena Williams survived a mid-match meltdown to beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 to win the French Open on Saturday, her 20th grand slam singles trophy.