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Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo has a message to referees in Russia: Protect Neymar. Speaking to “PodcastOne Sports Now,” Ronaldo told guest host Rob Harris that critics of Neymar’s theatrics during games are “stupid and don’t understand about football.” Harris gets the verdict from another former World Cup winner, Lothar Matthaeus, on the quarterfinals in Russia.
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LONDON — Novak Djokovic takes on Britain’s Kyle Edmund at Centre Court, while Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber also try to reach the fourth round as Week 1 wraps up at Wimbledon on Saturday. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Play begins at 6:30 a.m.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
SAMARA, Russia — England and Sweden are both looking to reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the 1990s when they meet in Samara in an all-European quarterfinal match. England, the 1966 champion, was most recently in the last four in 1990 while Sweden was there in 1994. By Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 10 a.m.
— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates on World Cup developments around Russia and throughout the world.
DETROIT — Jordan Zimmermann denied Bartolo Colon’s bid at baseball history, striking out 11 batters in eight innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 3-1. Colon was trying to break a tie with Dennis Martinez to become the winningest Latin-American pitcher in major league history. Colon, who remained at 245 wins, allowed three runs — including homers by James McCann and JaCoby Jones — in eight innings. SENT: 715 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run that lifted the Washington Nationals past the Miami Marlins 3-2. Reynolds hit Kyle Barraclough’s 3-1 pitch into the visitors’ bullpen in left-center for his eighth home run. Washington defeated Miami for the 13th consecutive game dating to last season. SENT: 682 words, photos.
— BBN--METS-MEJIA-DRUG SUSPENSION — By Adry Torres. SENT: 597 words, photos.
— BBO--DRAFT DEADLINE — SENT: 287 words, photos.
— BBO--CUBS PITCHER DRUG SUSPENSION — SENT: 181 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian fans hugged, teared up and hung their heads Friday after their national team was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium. The stinging 2-1 defeat came just as the Selecao, as the team is known, had begun to gather steam, and Brazilians dared to hope that a victory could wash away years of recession, political uncertainty — and a humiliating defeat to Germany four years ago. By Beatrice Christofaro and Marcelo Silva de Sousa. SENT: 644 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS — DeMarcus Cousins has signed his deal with the Golden State Warriors, and says he’s going to wait until he’s “100 percent ready” before trying to play on his surgically repaired Achilles. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 a.m.
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LAS VEGAS — Tony Parker agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, ending a 17-year run with the Spurs. And he’s not the only veteran on the move, with Oklahoma City and Carmelo Anthony having mutually agreed they will part ways and Dwight Howard set to sign with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 891 words, photos.
— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 757 words, photos.
— BKN--LAKERS-RONDO — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 562 words, photos.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Kelly Kraft is about to find out whether he’s ready to handle the lead entering the weekend for the first time on the PGA Tour. Kraft shot a 7-under 63 in the second round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Friday to take a one-stroke edge over first-round leader Webb Simpson and Anirban Lahiri of India. Kraft posted his career-best round at the Old White TPC. He was at 13-under 127. SENT: 620 words, photos.
ONEIDA, Wis. — Sei Young Kim birdied her first four holes to shoot a 7-under 65 and surge to the lead after the second round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kim was at 16-under 128, four shots ahead of Yu Liu. Kim could have had a much bigger lead but missed makeable birdie putts on her 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Liu made the big move of the day with a 9-under 63 to grab sole possession of second place. SENT: 655 words.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Larson won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway when Justin Haley’s late pass in overtime was ruled illegal. A part-time driver in the series, Haley used a stellar move to pull off a stunning pass that looked as if it would lead him to victory lane. But Haley crossed below the double-yellow line around the inside of the famed track, and NASCAR ruled it an improper pass. By Mark Long. SENT: 411 words, photos.
— MMA--UFC 226 — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 817 words, photos
— MMA--ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE — By Greg Beacham. SENT: 383 words.
Saturday’s Time Schedule
Sweden vs. England at Samara, Russia, 10 a.m.
Russia vs. Croatia at Sochi, Russia, 2 p.m.
Baltimore at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.
St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.
Oakland at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.
Texas at Detroit, 4:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Houston, 4:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
Colorado at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Boston at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 10:10 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota United at Houston, 9 p.m.
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Columbus at LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m.
Orlando City at Los Angeles FC, 11 p.m.
San Jose at Portland, 11 p.m.