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July 14, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and Rafael Nadal have resumed their Wimbledon semifinal. Three-time champion Djokovic was leading two-time champion Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 when play was stopped last night because of Wimbledon’s 11 p.m. curfew. The start of the match had been delayed by the other men’s semifinal, in which Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.

LONDON (AP) — Once the men’s semifinal ends, Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final. Williams is bidding for her eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam title in all, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record. Williams missed the tournament last year while pregnant. Kerber is a former No. 1 who has won two major trophies.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium and England meet today in the one World Cup game that no-one wants to play, the third-place game. A win would give England its best result since winning the World Cup in 1966, while Belgium could beat its previous best of fourth in 1986.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chase Utley retirement tour is underway. Utley announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of the season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder statesman role with the Dodgers. The six-time All-Star said he’s leaving to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NL Central-leading Brewers are hoping for good news on slugger Eric Thames, a day after he left a game with a tight right hamstring. Thames was making a rare start in right field and was injured while playing a ball hit into the corner. Milwaukee has asked Thames recently to handle more outfield duties to make space for All-Star Jesus Aguilar at first base, but now the Brewers may be without their hulking leadoff hitter. Milwaukee has a doubleheader today in Pittsburgh.

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