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July 15, 2018


France clinches World Cup with 4-2 win over Croatia

MOSCOW (AP) — France is celebrating its second World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring World Cup final since 1966.

Dramatic moments in the match included the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final, along with a brief pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.

Nineteen-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored the fourth goal, becoming just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. The first was soccer great Pele, who was 17 when he scored twice Brazil’s 5-2 win over Sweden in the 1958 final.

The French players received their medals during a downpour that also drenched Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Croatia.

Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. France won the crown on home soil in 1998.


Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time. Djokovic won his 13th Grand Slam title Sunday by defeating first-time Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6.

Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, holding five set points to force a fourth set. Djokovic held steady, saving all five of those, then was as superior in the tiebreaker as he was most of the sun-drenched afternoon.

It’s Djokovic’s first major trophy in more than two years. He has struggled with a painful right elbow that eventually required surgery, and as his losses accumulated, his ranking fell out of the top 20 for the first time in more than a decade. He grew so frustrated with his form that he spoke about skipping the grass-court circuit.

At No. 21, Djokovic is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon titlist since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.


Brantley’s homer lifts Indians to 5-2 win over Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — Michael Brantley homered leading off the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians headed into the All-Star break with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday to split their four-game series.

One of six Cleveland players who will be in Washington for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Brantley broke a 2-2 tie by belting a pitch from Chad Green into the seats in right for his 12th homer. The Indians added two more runs in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Yan Gomes and Green’s wild pitch.

Carlos Carrasco earned his first win in relief since July 19, 2014. The right-hander was available after pitching only five innings in Wednesday night’s 19-4 blowout of Cincinnati.

Neil Walker homered for the Yankees, who enter the break 29 games over .500 and have the majors’ second-best record. However, the Yankees are trailing the scorching Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

Elsewhere in the majors:

—Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs along with Brock Holt, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the All-Star break with their best record since 1949. It was the 12th win in 13 games for the AL East-leading Red Sox (68-30), who own the major league’s best record.

— John Hicks hit one of Detroit’s four home runs off Justin Verlander, and the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros. Verlander allowed a season-high six runs on six hits, striking out 12, as he lost his third straight decision. This was Verlander’s first time facing his former team since being traded to Houston last year. Verlander won 183 games as a Tiger from 2005-2017.

— Manny Machado homered before making an early exit on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5. Machado was removed in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay, presumably to prevent the All-Star shortstop from playing on a sloppy field.

—Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada each homered and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 10-1 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Moncada was 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored a day after leaving a game with a bruised right knee.

—Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in an eight-run fifth inning, and the Miami Marlins overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-5. The Marlins began the day with the worst record in the NL East, but they took the series against the division-leading Phils and have gone 21-18 since June 5.

—Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner each hit a two-run single in Washington’s five-run seventh inning, helping the Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-1. Matt Adams added two hits and scored a run as Washington salvaged a split of its four-game set against New York. A preseason favorite to win the NL East and contend for a World Series championship, the disappointing Nationals hit the All-Star break with a 48-48 record, good for third in the division.

—Julio Teheran pitched six-plus scoreless innings, and the Atlanta Braves used a four-run third inning to beat Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Sunday. It was a needed confidence boost before the All-Star break for Atlanta, which had lost eight of 10 and began the afternoon second in the NL East after leading the division for nearly six weeks. Arizona has lost 10 of 16, but it began the day leading the NL West by one-half game.

—Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler each homered to give interim manager Mike Shildt a win in his debut as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Sunday. The Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny late Saturday after an 8-2 loss.

—Josh Bell hit a game-ending two-run double in the 10th inning to send the Pirates to 7-6 victory over the Brewers, giving Pittsburgh a five-game sweep of Milwaukee and its sixth straight win overall. With rain falling, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran singled to put runners on the corners for Bell, who drove a pitch from Dan Jennings into the right-center field gap. The relay throw beat Moran home but trickled through the legs of catcher Erik Kratz.


Machado removal from Orioles game fuels trade rumors

UNDATED (AP) — Orioles shortstop Manny Machado was removed from Baltimore’s game against Texas in the fifth inning, setting off speculation the All-Star had been traded. The exit came shortly after a 26-minute rain delay Sunday left the field at Camden Yards in poor, sloppy condition.

Because Machado is expected to be dealt by the last-place Orioles before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, his departure from the game was seemingly notable. But Machado was later seen in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

Machado hit his 24th home run and walked before his exit.

In other MLB news:

—The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the family medical emergency list and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa. Bote returns to the majors for his fourth stint this season. He hit .300 with one homer and nine RBIs in his first 19 games with the Cubs. Almora is hitting .319, third in the NL going into Sunday, with four homers and 28 RBIs.

—The Milwaukee Brewers placed infielder Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right thumb strain. Villar injured his thumb sliding into third base in Milwaukee’s 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates on Saturday. Villar hit .261 with six home runs and 22 RBIs over 87 games. The Brewers recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

—Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos will miss next week’s All-Star Game after leaving Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins with left hamstring tightness. He’s expecting to land on the disabled list. Ramos had been named the American League’s starting catcher. Indians catcher Yan Gomes has been named to the AL roster in place of Ramos.

—Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is expected to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he recovers from a groin strain. Sanchez has been sidelined since June 25, but has steadily improved in recent days and is ready to return to the field. New York manager Aaron Boone said that if Sanchez continues to progress, the plan is for him to start behind the plate in the club’s first game after the All-Star break — July 20 against the Mets.

—The Pittsburgh Pirates have demoted outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled right-handed reliever Tanner Anderson. The 23-year-old Meadows was the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. He hit .298 in 48 games with Pittsburgh, but he has lost playing time to Corey Dickerson and Gregory Polanco.


Kim wins John Deere Classic in record-breaking runaway

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Michael Kim shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes and pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour.

Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under 257 — breaking Steve Stricker’s tournament record from 2010 by one shot. He also qualified for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie.

Bronson Burgoon, Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen and Sam Ryder all finished at 19 under.

Kim took all the drama out of the final round with birdies on his first three holes and secured the largest margin of victory during the tournament’s stay at TPC Deere Run, which began in 2000. J.P. Hayes (2002) and Vijay Singh (2003) won the event by four strokes.


Stone narrowly misses out on 1st 59 in European Tour history

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The elusive round of 59 on the European Tour will have to wait for another tournament.

South African golfer Brandon Stone had an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at the Scottish Open on Sunday for the first sub-60 round in the 46-year history of the European Tour. He narrowly missed it left.

Stone tapped in for a 10-under 60, for the 19th round of 60 on the tour. Eighteen players have done so, with Darren Clarke achieving it twice.

Stone was on course to win the Scottish Open after reaching 20-under par, which left him four shots clear in the clubhouse.


Suwannapura gets first LPGA Tour win at Marathon Classic

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA Tour event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par. Lincicome shot 67.


Laura Davies cruises to victory in US Senior Women’s Open

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Laura Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday’s final round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.

The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club in the USGA’s championship for women 50 and older.

A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster. The World Golf Hall of Famer from England widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey.

Davies’ lead never fell below six shots after that as she added to her extensive trophy collection. She has 85 career victories, still plays on the LPGA Tour and finished tied for second at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.

Inkster shot an even-par 73. England’s Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back. Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth.

Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298.


Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario

UNDATED (AP) — Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.

Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning.

Police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort. Emery’s body was recovered Sunday afternoon.

Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.

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