• Berlocq, Elias advance to Croatia Open semifinals

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Carlos Berlocq put aside his poor form in quarterfinals at the Croatia Open to defeat third-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-2.

  • In this file photo taken Saturday, March 8, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, foreground, watches downhill ski competition of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Roza Khutor mountain district of Sochi, Russia, as Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko stands behind. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Russia criticized by Paralympic leaders, risks Rio ban

    LONDON (AP) — Russia faces being kicked out of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in the latest disciplinary action by a sports body infuriated at growing evidence about the country’s state-sponsored doping program.

  • Matthieu Reeb, General Secretary of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, speaks to journalists during the release of the decision in the case between the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), 68 Russian athletes and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.  (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    How Russia could challenge Olympic bans at CAS and beyond

    GENEVA (AP) — Much of the intense Olympic action before the Rio de Janeiro Games open in less than two weeks is set to play out in the law courts.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in the Strategic Initiatives Agency in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin calls for creation of new anti-doping commission

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia’s future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Kosovo opposition sprays paint on minister’s car

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Supporters of Kosovo’s main opposition political party have sprayed paint on the interior minister’s car to protest against government orders not to allow its activist from neighboring Albania to enter the country.

  • Basilashvili beats Lajovic to reach 1st final in Kitzbuehel

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Nikoloz Basilashvili became the first tennis player from Georgia to reach an ATP final on Friday after beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 at the Generali Open.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first free practice at Hungaroring racetrack near Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 22, 2016. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July, 24. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Hamilton fastest at 1st Hungarian GP practice, Rosberg next

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nico Rosberg of Mercedes posted by far the fastest lap during the second practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Sweden signs autographs at the Hungaroring racetrack, in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July, 24. (Janos Marjai/MTI via AP)

    Nico Rosberg extends contract with Mercedes through 2018

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nico Rosberg has signed a contract extension with Mercedes that will take the current championship leader through the 2018 season, the Formula One team said Friday.

  • In In this June 1, 2016 file photo, flags of some of the 193 countries fly in the breeze in front of the Secretariat building of the United Nations. The U.N. Security Council held its first informal poll Thursday, July 21 on the dozen candidates competing to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on Jan. 1, a secretive vote behind closed doors. The 15 council members decided not to reveal the results — unlike the informal "straw" polls 10 years ago, which were made public and led to Ban's election to the world's top diplomatic post. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Diplomats:Ex-Portuguese minister tops poll for next UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia’s former president Danilo Turk.

  • Marin Cilic splits with coach Goran Ivanisevic

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marin Cilic has split with coach Goran Ivanisevic after nearly three years of cooperation that included winning the U.S. Open in 2014.