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LONDON — Even after more than a year away from tennis, Serena Williams shows she’s still capable of dominance. She defeats Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4, putting her one win from an eighth Wimbledon championship. She will face Angelique Kerber for the crown Saturday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 900 words, photos.
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BOSTON — Mookie Betts ended a marathon at-bat with a grand slam, helping the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and a 10-game winning streak. Boston has the best record in the big leagues. SENT: 775 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols hit two home runs to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the career list with 630, and the Los Angeles Angels rolled to an 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. SENT: 700 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the major leagues. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP
LAS VEGAS — The NBA Summer League tournament is shaping up to be the most unpredictable bet in Las Vegas. The 30th and final seed advanced Thursday along with a No. 26 and a No. 27, after the Nos. 24, 25 and 29 seeds all won a day earlier. SENT: 700 words.
NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal said. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 270 words, photo.
Carnoustie is known more for its calamities than its champions, notably the collapse by Frenchman Jean Van de Velde. Of the six previous British Opens at Carnoustie, Ben Hogan is the only player to hold a 54-hole lead. The world’s best golfers next week await perhaps the toughest links course. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. —Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 on to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic. SENT: 450 words, photos.
GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Kenny Perry and Mike Small shot 7-under 65s to share a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the fourth of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 700 words, photos.
WHEATON, Ill. — Elaine Crosby shoots a 3-under-par 70 at Chicago Golf Club for the lead after one round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. SENT: 430 words, photos.
DENVER — The U.S. Olympic Committee hires Sarah Hirshland as its CEO, placing the executive at the U.S. Golf Association in charge of stabilizing an organization that has been hammered by sex-abuse scandals spanning several Olympic sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 8000 words, photos.
OCEANPORT, N.J. — Two casinos and a racetrack in New Jersey took in $16.4 million in sports bets during the first two weeks such wagers were legal in the state. They kept almost 8 percent of the amount wagered. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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Friday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Texas at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Arizona at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Seattle at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Phoenix at Connecticut, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Las Vegas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.