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Williams reaches semifinals...NFL players file grievance...Kucherov gets extension

July 10, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Seven-time champion Serena Williams has advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy. Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener. Williams will next face Julia Goerges of Germany, who advanced to her first Wimbledon semifinal with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens. With Angelique Kerber also having made the last four, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semifinals since 1931.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the league challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The policy allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room, but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field or the sidelines.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays will try for their 13th win in 14 games at home when they host the Detroit Tigers in the middle game of their series. Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd will start against a Rays bullpen day. Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single in the 10th inning Monday night to lift the Rays to a 10-9 win in the series opener.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston’s Justin Verlander and St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas will both be seeking their 10th win of the season tonight. Verlander will try to become the ninth in the American League to reach double digits when he opposes Oakland’s Sean Manaea in Houston. Mikolas will aim to become the fifth in the NL with 10 wins when he faces Dylan Covey of the White Sox in Chicago.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million in salary and annual bonuses. The 25-year-old would have been a restricted free agent next summer with one year left on a deal that will pay him nearly $4.8 million for the 2018-19 season. Now he is set to stay with the Lightning through the 2026-27 season.

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