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LONDON — Serena Williams tries to get to her first semifinal since having a baby, taking on Camila Giorgi of Italy in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. With the top 10 women having all been eliminated, No. 11 Angela Kerber faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina in another quarterfinal. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Play starts at 8 a.m. ET.
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BRAZIL-FEMALE SPORTS JOURNALISTS
RIO DE JANEIRO — Female Brazilian sports journalists have issued a plea to fans and others who harass them or otherwise try to prevent them from doing their jobs, and incidents during reports from the World Cup have drawn attention to their LetHerWork movement. For years, they say, they have been groped, kissed and insulted while they covered games and news conferences. Back at the office, they faced skepticism that a woman could effectively cover sports. By Yesica Fisch. SENT: 598 words, photos.
The four teams left in the World Cup are all European, yet their roots reach across borders and seas, tracing histories of colonization and migration. At a time when populist politicians are trying to choke off or reroute migration flows, what matters to the devoted fans of France, England, Belgium and Croatia isn’t where the players’ ancestors came from, but whether they shine on the field. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 11 am.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — France, back in the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 2006, looks to reach the finals for the third time. Les Bleus won their only title at home in 1998, then beat Portugal in the semis 12 years ago before falling to Italy on penalty kicks in the championship game. Belgium is back in the semis for the second time, having lost 2-0 to Argentina in its last visit in 1986. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 2 p.m.
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LOS ANGELES — It’s official. LeBron is a Laker. The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent Monday night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player’s decision to leave Cleveland for the 16-time champion franchise on the West Coast. James’ representatives at Klutch Sports Group tweeted a photo of James signing his contract. James’ agency already announced last week that the superstar had agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million with the Lakers. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 577 words, photos.
— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — SENT: 981 words, photos.
— BKN--NUGGETS-JOKIC & BARTON — By Pat Graham. SENT: 746 words, photos.
BOSTON — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer, Steve Pearce added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 for their 14th win in 17 games. The Red Sox have a 2 1/2-game lead in the AL East — their biggest since April. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 747 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Aaron Nola was an All-Star in every facet against the New York Mets. The ace right-hander allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and lashed a three-run double that sent the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 3-1 for a split of their twinight doubleheader. Nola improved to 12-2 to take over the NL wins list. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,201 words, photos.
— BBN--ALL-STARS-POSEY OUT — By Janie McCauley. SENT: 346 words, photos.
— BBN--DODGERS-PUIG — SENT: 146 words, photos.
— BBN--METS-FRAZIER DL — By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 553 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school in October 2015 instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. An arbitrator last week ruled in favor of the University of Southern California, saying Sarkisian concealed his condition from the school. In a statement Monday, Sarkisian said he was “disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on.” SENT: 253 words.
— DUKE-AD — By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 527 words, photos.
Tuesday’s Time Schedule
France vs. Belgium at St. Petersburg, Russia, 2 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Los Angeles at Seattle, 3 p.m.
Phoenix at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Las Vegas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.