Sports Commentary: Why Wimbledon Still Thrills

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town, Virginia Beach, Va., to give a speech Tuesday on how he would go about reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.

If you've stepped foot in a comic book store in the past few years, you'll have noticed a distinct shift. Superheroes, once almost entirely white men, have become more diverse.

There's been a biracial Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and just last week, Marvel announced that the new Iron Man will be a teenage African-American girl.

Joining this lineup today is Kong Kenan, a Chinese boy who, as part of a reboot of the DC comics universe, is one of four characters taking up Superman's mantle.

On Tuesday, an international tribunal soundly rejected Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea, an area where China has been building islands and increasing its military activity.

The case before the international tribunal in the Hague was brought by the Philippines, challenging what's widely seen as a territorial grab by Beijing. The tribunal essentially agreed. Beijing immediately said the decision was null and void and that it would ignore it. There are concerns now that the tribunal's decision could inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats up, some African-Americans see firearms as critical to their safety, especially in times of racial tension.


NCAA Tournament Action


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Morehead State has earned its first NCAA
men's basketball victory in a quarter-century. Now comes the hard
Kenneth Faried (fah-REED') scored 14 points and grabbed 21
rebounds as the Eagles silenced Alabama State 58-43 in the
tournament play-in game. Maze Stallworth chipped in 11 points for
Morehead, which jumped out to a 25-12 lead despite shooting 36
percent in the first half.
The Eagles are off until Friday, when they face No. 1 seed
Louisville at Dayton.


UNDATED (AP) - The NIT got under way with eight games Tuesday
Davidson was a 70-63 winner against South Carolina while Rhode
Island pulled out a 68-62 win at Niagara.
Penn State needed overtime to oust George Mason 77-73 and
Kentucky defeated UNLV 70-60.
Notre Dame got by Alabama-Birmingham 70-64, San Diego State
whipped Weber State 65-49, New Mexico finished off Nebraska 83-71
and St. Mary's eliminated Washington State 68-57.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Ty Lawson's troublesome toe could keep
him sidelined in North Carolina's NCAA tournament opener.
Lawson hasn't played since injuring his right big toe before the
regular-season finale against Duke. Without him, the Tar Heels lost
in the ACC semifinals.
Coach Roy Williams says Lawson's recovery is going slower than
he had expected.


UNDATED (AP) - Top-ranked Connecticut heads up a list of 14
women's basketball teams in the NCAA tournament that have perfect
graduation rates.
The study was conducted by The Institute for Diversity and
Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
Of the other No. 1 seeds, Duke has a 90 percent graduation rate,
Oklahoma is at 69 percent and Maryland is at 67 percent.
The other schools with 100-percent graduation rates are DePaul,
Evansville, Florida, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Sacred
Heart, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Villanova.
Of the tournament teams reporting graduation rates, all but two
were at least 60 percent. Fewer than half of men's tournament teams
had graduation rates of at least 60 percent.