Update on the latest sports
Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with 2-set win
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments — and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago.
Williams dominated much of her semifinal Thursday, beating 13th-seeded Julia Goerges (GUR’-guhs) of Germany 6-2, 6-4 at Centre Court to close in on what would be an eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th major trophy overall.
Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament last year while pregnant.
Kerber used a seven-game run to seize control of her semifinal and collect a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko.
Marlins suspend business relationship with Papa John’s
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Marlins have suspended their business relationship with Papa John’s after the company’s chairman of the board apologized for using a racial slur and resigned. In a statement Thursday, the Marlins said “derogatory and insensitive comments” by John Schnatter (SHNAH’-tur) weren’t reflective of the values of the baseball franchise.
Papa John’s announced late Wednesday that Schnatter had resigned. Forbes said Schnatter used the N-word during a media training exercise in May.
A Marlins promotion with Papa John’s had offered discounted pizza.
In other baseball news:
—The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to Wednesday night. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace him on the roster. Devers was batting.241 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs this season, his first full year in the majors.
Thunder re-sign G Raymond Felton
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed guard Raymond Felton. The Thunder made the announcement Thursday without details on the deal.
Felton appeared in all 82 games last season and averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds as Russell Westbrook’s backup.
Felton has appeared in 938 career games, with averages of 11.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds. The 13-year NBA veteran ranks eighth among all active players with 5,044 assists. In college, Felton helped North Carolina win the 2005 national championship and was selected to the all-tournament team.
In other NBA news:
— The Chicago Bulls have waived guard Sean Kilpatrick. Signed in late March, Kilpatrick averaged 15.4 points in nine games for Chicago after spending time last season with the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 10.3 points in four seasons after going undrafted out of Cincinnati.
— Free agent forward Jonas Jerebko has signed with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors plan to formally introduce Jerebko on Monday. Jerebko has played nine NBA seasons with Utah, Boston and Detroit.
— Casino regulators in Nevada are accusing former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley of gambling fraud. The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Thursday said Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. The agency says in a statement that Oakley is suspected of “adding to or reducing his wager” on a game after the outcome was known. The felony count carries between one and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Oakley was booked and later released from jail.
Blackhawks unload Hossa’s contract in trade with Coyotes
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Coyotes, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract.
The Blackhawks also sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle (OH’-ster-lee) and a third-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Coyotes for forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. Kruger was drafted by Chicago and spent his first seven seasons with the Blackhawks before he was traded to Vegas last July.
The 39-year-old Hossa didn’t play last season because of severe side effects from medication to treat a progressive skin disorder. He isn’t expected to play again, but he is signed through the 2020-21 season at a $5.275 million cap hit.
Thursday’s trade gets Hossa’s contract off Chicago’s books, but it comes at a heavy cost. Hinostroza, a 24-year-old Chicago native, set career highs with seven goals and 18 assists in 50 games last season, and the 26-year-old Oesterle also showed promising signs last year.
SPORTS BETTING-NEW JERSEY
New Jersey businesses get $16M in sports bets in 1st 2 weeks
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — 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.
Figures released Thursday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the Borgata, Ocean Resort and Monmouth Park racetrack saw gross sports betting revenue of nearly $3.5 million on those bets.
Regulators caution that bets involving future outcomes, such as the winner of baseball’s World Series or football’s Super Bowl, won’t be paid out for months.
The casinos and the track are the only places legally taking sports bets right now. Of completed events that were the subject of betting, they retained 7.8 percent of the amount wagered, or about $1.2 million.
NFL announces latest winners of research competition
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has three new winners of a research competition aimed at improving equipment and player safety.
The league announced the results Thursday along with the Football Research group of Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
FieldTurf, Corsair Innovations and Yobel Technologies captured HeadHealthTECH Challenge IV. The goal is to stimulate research and innovation in protective equipment, including helmets, turf systems and shoulder pads.
The TECH Challenge has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to help advance the development of 11 new technologies.
In other NFL news:
— The New York Giants have signed guard Zac Kerin and waived first-year offensive lineman Ethan Cooper. The moves by the Giants come less than two weeks before the opening of training camp.
— Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home invasion. Police responded early Tuesday to a report of a violent attack at a home in Milton, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. A lawyer for Delicia Cordon says Cordon was hurt when a man tried to take bracelets from her wrist and hit her in the face with a gun.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SWAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
SWAC to hold 2018 football title game in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southwestern Athletic Conference has decided to continue holding its football championship game and bring it back to Birmingham.
The league announced Thursday the football championship will return to Legion Field on Dec. 1. The men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will be held at Bill Harris Arena next March. Both are one-year deals with the city of Birmingham.
The SWAC had announced last year that it would end the championship game for football after the 2017 game. It decided to keep playing it because of renewed support from member schools.
The football championship was held at Legion Field from 1999- 2012 before moving to NRG Stadium in Houston. The basketball tournaments were previously held in Birmingham before moving to Houston.
Mickelson says he will try to act better on golf course
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson says he wishes he could take back the moment when he swatted a moving golf ball at the U.S. Open. He says all he can do now is try to act a little better.
Mickelson spoke on Thursday after opening with an even-par 70 in the Scottish Open.
He has apologized previously for his actions on the Saturday in the U.S. Open, where he ran after a putt and hit it back toward the hole as it was rolling off the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills. Mickelson was penalized two shots and later said he did it on purpose.
Mickelson says he has done plenty of “dumb stuff” in his career. He says whatever backlash he suffers from other players and fans is his own fault.
USOC picks golf executive Sarah Hirshland as CEO
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee has hired U.S. Golf Association executive Sarah Hirshland as its CEO.
Hirshland will leave her post as the chief commercial officer for the USGA, where she negotiated media-rights and sponsorship deals. Before that, she worked with Casey Wasserman, the chair of the LA 2028 Olympic effort, at Wasserman Media Group.
Her new role puts Hirshland in charge of stabilizing an organization that has been hammered by sex-abuse scandals spanning several Olympic sports.
Scott Blackmun was essentially forced out of the position after the USOC came under fire from victims of Larry Nassar and others for not doing all it could to protect athletes who had been sexually abused.
TOKYO 2020-HEAT CONCERNS
Heat is on Tokyo 2020 organizers to combat high temperatures
TOKYO (AP) — The head of an IOC inspection team says organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will explore all options to combat the extreme summer heat that will likely prevail in the Japanese capital during the games.
John Coates was in Tokyo for a two-day inspection of the city’s preparations for the games which are just two years away.
The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9 when temperatures in central Tokyo can exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s common to see thousands of people rushed to hospitals with heatstroke during those months.