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July 11, 2018


Federer, Nadal, Djokovic headline men’s quarterfinals

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) headline Wednesday’s men’s quarterfinal lineup at Wimbledon as they bid to reach the last four at the same Grand Slam for the time since the 2012 French Open.

Defending champion Federer is playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court as he takes on eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson. It is the first time since 2015 that the eight-time champion will play away from Centre Court.

Federer has failed to extend his own record for the longest streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon after dropping a set to Anderson. After Federer had taken a 6-2, 7-6 lead, Anderson won the third set 7-5.

Anderson also ended Federer’s streak of service games without being broken at Wimbledon at 85.

Djokovic plays 24th-seeded Kei Nishikori, Nadal faces fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, and 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) faces ninth-seeded John Isner (IHZ’-nur), who is playing in his first Wimbledon quarterfinal.


England tries to reach its first World Cup final since 1966, Croatia its first ever

Eds: Match starts at 2 p.m. EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — England tries to reach its first World Cup final since 1966 and Croatia attempts to get into its first ever when they meet Wednesday in Moscow.

The winner will play France in Sunday’s final. France advanced to its first final since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium on Tuesday.


Bryant back with the Cubbies

UNDATED (AP) — Kris Bryant is in San Francisco, hoping to play in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants Wednesday afternoon

Bryant has been out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He played rehab games for Double-A Tennessee Monday and Tuesday before flying to the Bay Area. The 2016 NL MVP is hitting .280 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) will try to bounce back for San Francisco after allowing 10 hits and five runs in his return from the DL last week.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Mets ace Jacob deGrom makes his final scheduled start before heading to the All-Star Game when New York tries to split a four-game series with first-place Philadelphia. Despite leading the majors with a 1.79 ERA, deGrom is 1-4 in his last nine starts and the Mets have won only two of those games. Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez is expected back from the 10-day disabled list after recovering from a bruised forearm. Velasquez was hit just below the right elbow by a line drive on June 30. He retrieved the ball and threw it left-handed to first base to get the out, falling to the ground in pain immediately afterward.

— The Indians return to the park following an excruciating loss Tuesday, when relievers Cody Allen and Dan Otero combined to allow seven two-out runs in the ninth inning of a 7-4 loss to Cincinnati. Trevor Bauer opened the game with eight scoreless innings for Cleveland, but Allen allowed six runs in the ninth and Otero allowed another before the Reds finally made the last out on the basepaths. Cleveland’s bullpen entered Tuesday with a 5.13 ERA, better only than the Rockies (5.28) and Royals (5.35). The Reds try to complete a surprising three-game sweep behind Tyler Mahle (7-6, 3.66).

— Arizona Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller makes his fourth start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander will face the Rockies at Coors Field and try to improve on his first three starts, during which he’s allowed 20 hits and 14 earned runs in 14 innings. One positive note for the 27-year-old Miller has been his 18 strikeouts.


Sabres hire Steve Smith to coaching staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley has hired Steve Smith to his staff.

Smith was a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Edmonton during a 16-year career, also playing for the Blackhawks and Flames. He has nine years of experience as an NHL assistant, including the past four in Carolina.

Smith will oversee the Sabres defensemen, a group expected to include Rasmus Dahlin, the first player selected in the draft last month.


Lawyer: NFL star LeSean McCoy orchestrated assault of woman

ATLANTA (AP) — The lawyer for the ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says 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 Tuesday morning by a man who entered the home with no signs of forced entry. The man demanded specific items of jewelry that had been gifted to her from McCoy, who had requested them back on many occasions.

The Associated Press is not identifying the woman, pending further details of the attack.

McCoy and the woman have been in court over his attempts to evict her from the home.

An image of the ex-girlfriend’s bloodied and beaten face was shown in a social media post blaming McCoy for the assault. The football player denied the allegations Tuesday.


2 Ohio State ex-officials say they knew of no abuse by doc

(Information in the following story is from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two former top administrators say they weren’t aware of allegations of sexual abuse by an Ohio State University doctor when they worked there in the 1990s.

Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom tell The Columbus Dispatch they don’t remember receiving any complaints about the now-dead doctor, Richard Strauss.

He worked there for two decades as a member of the faculty and medical staff and a team doctor before retiring in 1998. Ohio State says allegations of sexual misconduct by Strauss have been raised by former athletes from 14 sports and other people since such allegations were first brought forward months ago.

An independent investigation is underway about those claims and about whether the university knew of concerns about Strauss.

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