Update on the latest in sports:
Croatia tops England to reach World Cup Final
Croatia was pushed to extra time for the third consecutive game at the World Cup and once again, rallied from a goal down to win, this time earning a berth in Sunday’s final.
Mario Mandzukic blasted a shot past England goalkeeper Jordan PIckford in the 109th minute, lifting Croatia to a 2-1 win in the World Cup semifinal in Moscow. The outcome sends Croatia to the title game of the World Cup for the first time and ended England’s hopes of reaching its first World Cup final since winning the title in 1966.
England took the early lead on Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute free kick and Croatia equalized on an Ivan Perisic volley in the 68th minute.
Croatia will return to Lizhniki Stadium on Sunday to face France in the final.
For England, there’s a match with Belgium in the World Cup third place game on Saturday.
Federer stunned in Wimbledon QF; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner win
LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer was a point away from a neat, straight-sets victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday, but he failed to convert.
What followed over the next two-plus hours was a stunning rally by South African Kevin Anderson who beat the top-seeded Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in a 4-hour, 14-minute battle.
In Friday’s semifinals, Anderson will face No. 9 John Isner, the 33-year-old American who reached his first major semifinal in his 41st try by eliminating 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nich) of Canada 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3.
The other men’s semifinal will be a battle between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich).
Nadal, who’s won two of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, edged 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic, whose 12 major championships include three from the All England Club, got to his first Grand Slam semifinal since 2016 by beating No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Posey hits game-winning single in 13th, Giants beat Cubs
UNDATED (AP) — Buster Posey delivered an 13th inning single off the right-field wall in the 13th inning to drive in the winning run as the San Francisco Giants edged the Chicago Cubs 5-4.
It was Pose’s fifth career game-ending hit.
The winning rally was set up as Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1) and Andrew McCutchen singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday. Washington (46-46) lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500. The Nationals entered the season as favorites to win a third consecutive NL East title.
— C.J. Cron’s three-run home run in the seventh inning carried the Tampa Bay Rays to their fifth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Cron and Kiermaier each had three hits for the Rays, who have won 14 of 18.
— Brian Dozier went deep for the second straight game, hitting a two-run homer in the Minnesota Twins’ 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Dozier has 15 homers on the season.
Philadelphia’s Nola to start Saturday to line up for All-Star appearance
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have adjusted their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Miami Marlins to allow ace Aaron Nola to pitch in the All-Star Game Tuesday night in Washington.
Nola will move up one day and will draw a Saturday start and Zach Eflin will pitch for the Phils on Sunday.
Nola has a 2.27 ERA with 126 strikeouts over 19 starts and he leads the National League with 12 wins.
The 25-year-old right-hander is the youngest Philadelphia pitcher selected to an All-Star game since then-23-year-old Cole Hamels got the honor in 2007.
In other MLB news:
— St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas has been removed from the National League’s active roster for the All-Star Game because he’s scheduled to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. Mikolas will be replaced on the NL pitching staff by Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling.
— The Phillies have activated right-hander Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list. Velasquez had been out with a bruised right forearm.
— The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with a neck strain. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said, “It’s something he gets once a year.” Cashner received an injection on Wednesday to treat the injury.
Giants, Redskins make picks in NFL’s supplemental draft
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Giants have spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and Washington has selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round Wednesday.
New York will surrender its third-round pick in next April’s draft in Nashville, while the Redskins give up a sixth-rounder.
Both players were ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season and entered the supplemental draft.
Not selected were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.
In other NFL news:
—Police say Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was attacked during a run-in with a facility-service employee at the airport in Atlanta. Atlanta police say Jones confronted ABM Industries employee Frank Ragin after Ragin made a “gesture” toward the football player Tuesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Police say words were exchanged before Ragin struck Jones with a closed fist, causing a cut to Jones’ face. Ragin was arrested on two counts of battery and taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.
—The ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says through her lawyer that the Buffalo Bills running back orchestrated an attack that left her bloody amid attempts to get her to leave his suburban Atlanta mansion. Attorney Tanya Mitchell Graham says in a statement to news outlets that her client was physically assaulted by a man who entered the home with no signs of forced entry and demanded specific items of jewelry that had been given to her by McCoy. McCoy and the woman have been in court over his attempts to evict her from the home.
Former Michigan State, Lions coach Darryl Rogers dies
UNDATED (AP) — Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took coached the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83.
The Lions said Rogers’ family confirmed his death Wednesday.
Rogers coached Michigan State from 1976-79, going 24-18-2. The 1978 team, which included star flanker Kirk Gibson, won its final seven games to finish tied for first in the conference.
Rogers also coached at Arizona State from 1980-84 before heading to the NFL.
In other football news
—Two-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be inducted into Florida’s ring of honor, becoming the sixth player to receive the honor. The school announced Wednesday that Tebow will be recognized during the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 6. His name will be unveiled on a wall inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An attorney representing a group of former Louisville men’s basketball players says they have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four.
John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, described the NCAA as “a morally bankrupt organization” that exploits student-athletes during a Wednesday news conference.
The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.
The governing body in February denied the school’s appeal and vacated 123 victories, including their third NCAA title, following an escort’s book allegations in October 2015 that former basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties. Louisville removed the championship banner from its home arena soon afterward.
Triple Crown winner Justify dealing with swelling in ankle
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify has swelling in his left front ankle and he’s been taken out of training to see if the swelling subsides.
Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Baffert told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that Justify will ship to Del Mar and be part of his stable based at the track for the summer meet that begins July 18.