France set to welcome home Cup champions

(Photo by

PARIS (AP) The members of France's victorious World Cup team returned home from Russia to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome Monday, and that was before the formal homage that awaited them in Paris.

Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer's eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Airport personnel and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them "merci" on behalf of a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.

"Eternal Happiness" read Monday's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months - even years.

Harper headlines HR Derby field in DC

NEW YORK (AP) - Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday's games. Freeman, the top NL vote-getter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers. (MORE)

Police: Emery's drowning not suspicious

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) The drowning of former NHL goalie Ray Emery does not appear suspicious, police said.

The 35-year-old player whose career spanned 11 seasons drowned in Hamilton Harbour on Sunday. (MORE)

Ronaldo meets media, snubs age criticism

TURIN, Italy (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo believes age is just a number as he vows to do his best to bring Juventus the Champions League success it craves.

Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million), and the world player of the year penned a four-year contract with the Serie A champion. (MORE)

Spieth emotional in returning claret jug

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) Jordan Spieth figured someone from the R&A would be waiting for him when he pulled into the parking lot at Carnoustie to take back the silver claret jug. Instead, he was part of a ceremony with enough pomp to drive home the point.

His reign as British Open champion was over. (MORE)

 Esiason leaving MNF radio broadcasts

 Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon, 13th major

 Bucs rally in 10 to sweep 5 from Brewers

 Verlander loses in first game vs. Tigers

 Brantley's HR in 8th gets Tribe by Yanks


Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2018 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.