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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.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
MOSCOW — Croatia awaits Sunday’s Cup final against France, having had the most success at the World Cup since Yugoslavia descended into war in 1991 and spawned seven different FIFA nations. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.
SOC--THAILAND-CAVA-COACHES AND TRUST
The day-to-day wisdom imparted by coaches is rarely all that groundbreaking: maintain focus, support teammates, keep chin up. Sometimes, such advice can lead to victory. In the case of 12 soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave, it helped save their lives. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 750 words, photos.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR-LEWD FACILITY
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The team doctor being investigated for sexually abuse decades ago at Ohio State liked to linger in the showers alongside athletes. But he wasn’t the only one leering at young men inside the recreation center where many teams practiced and university employees exercised. By Mark Gillispie, John Seewer and Mitch Stacy. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— PELOSI-OHIO STATE-JORDAN — House Democratic leader says Republican congressman should have known about wrestlers’ abuse. By Alan Fram. SENT: 350 words, photos.
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. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--BRITISH OPEN-FACTS AND FIGURES, GLF--BRITISH OPEN-HOLE BY HOLE, GLF--BRITISH OPEN-YARDAGE-PAR.
LONDON — After so much speculation about a possible Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, 10 years after their last, the tennis world instead will get a semifinal featuring another outstanding rivalry: Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 580 words, photos.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE
A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA HISTORY — Croatia, France share history apart from soccer. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-BELGIUM-ENGLAND — Third-place game set for Saturday, a match in which at least one player tries to find meaning. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at what’s coming, with World Cup down to two matches. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-TACTICS AND TRENDS — Neymar’s play-acting draws jokes, criticism. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi and the major league-leading Red Sox go for their 10th straight victory when David Price (9-6) pitches against All-Star lefty J.A. Happ (10-5) and the Toronto Blue Jays. Benintendi has six consecutive multihit games and has scored in all of them. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
CLEVELAND — Two of baseball’s best pitchers square off when Corey Kluber (12-4) of the first-place Cleveland Indians faces Luis Severino (14-2) of the New York Yankees in the opener of a four-game series. Severino leads the majors in wins. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Baby Braves are struggling with growing pains. They fell back into a tie for the NL East lead by beating Toronto on Wednesday night — only their second win in eight games. The slump may dictate what moves may be made to stay in the playoff chase. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
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: 550 words, photos.
— OLY--TOKYO 2020-HEAT CONCERNS — Tokyo 2020 Olympics to explore all options to combat extreme summer heat. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— OLY--TOKYO 2020-TORCH RELAY — Tokyo 2020 torch relay to start in Fukushima, an area hit by 2011 earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster. SENT: 150 words.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — With a loss possibly ending his great career at age 39, Manny Pacquiao fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on Sunday in a welterweight title bout. The fight comes a year after Pacquiao was upset by Australia’s Jeff Horn. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 550 words, photos.
GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. — Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau highlights the start of the John Deere Classic. One spot to the British Open is available to the leading player from the top five not already exempt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — David Toms begins play in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, looking to build on his win at the U.S. Senior Open. Bernhard Langer hopes to extend his record with an 11th senior major championship. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m.
GLF--SCOTTISH OPEN -MICKELSON
GULLANE, Scotland — Phil Mickelson wishes he could take back the moment when he swatted a moving ball at the U.S. Open. He says all he can do now is try to “act a little better.” Mickelson is tuning up for the British Open at the Scottish Open. SENT: 350 words.
— GLF--SCOTTISH OPEN — First round of Scottish Open, a links course warmup for British Open. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Sei Young Kim, coming off a record week, is in LPGA field for Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 7 p.m.
— GLF--SENIOR WOMEN — Opening round of inaugural US Senior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.
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: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TORONTO — Paul Tracy was known not only for his success on the track but his dustups with other IndyCar drivers. He says drivers these days are unwilling to embrace a “bad guy” persona, something he contends is needed to market the sport. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-TRUCKS — Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR tripleheader race weekend begins with Truck Series race. UPCOMING. 350 words. Race starts 7:30 p.m.
TOUR DE FRANCE
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
MUR DE BRETAGNE, France — Daniel Martin of Ireland wins the sixth stage of the Tour de France while Greg Van Avermaet keeps the yellow jersey for a third straight day. Defending champion Chris Froome finishes eight seconds behind Martin and is 62 seconds off Van Avermaet’s overall lead. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Plenty of poultry on menu Friday for Tour’s longest stage. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TURIN, Italy — A look at how Turin is reacting to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, and how the new Juventus signing will settle into life in the city. By Daniella Matar. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Oliver Ekman-Larsson watched Shane Doan lead the Arizona Coyotes for seven seasons before the captain retired in 2017. Now, after signing an eight-year contract extension to remain in the desert, Ekman-Larsson is poised for a primary leadership role. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State finally reached the Top 25 status that athletic director Debbie Yow long sought. Yow, however, tells the AP she must balance the joy from the Wolfpack’s best overall sports season with the federal corruption investigation ensnaring the men’s basketball team. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— BKC--OKLAHOMA-MANEK — Brady Manek’s strong freshman season for Oklahoma got lost in Trae Young’s dynamic play. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — Las Vegas NBA summer league resumes with eight games. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Games start 4 p.m.
— BKN--CHARLES OAKLEY-CASINO ARREST — Ex-NBA star Charles Oakley arrested at Las Vegas casino, accused of fraud. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
Thursday’s Time Schedule
Oakland at Houston, 2:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Dallas at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.