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July 14, 2018

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON-MEN

Djokovic outlasts Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has advanced to his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.

The match — which began on Friday evening — finished after 5 hours, 14 minutes as Djokovic secured the only break of the fifth set.

It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history, trailing only Kevin Anderson’s 26-24 victory over John Isner on Friday. That match was the second-longest of any match in Wimbledon history at 6 hours, 36 minutes.

Three-time champion Djokovic will face Anderson in Sunday’s final.

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON-WOMEN

10 months after having baby, Williams in Wimbledon final

LONDON (AP) — About 10 months after having a baby, Serena Williams plays in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

Williams is bidding for her eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam title in all, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.

Saturday’s matchup is a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon final, when Williams beat Kerber. Williams missed the tournament last year while pregnant.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who has won two major trophies.

SOCCER-WORLD CUP

Belgium and England play for third place

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium has taken a 1-0 lead into halftime in its World Cup third-place playoff against England.

Thomas Meunier scored his first goal of the tournament in the fourth minute. He is the 10th goal scorer for Belgium in this tournament, helping his team equal a record held by Italy (2006) and France (1982).

Belgium is aiming for its best-ever World Cup finish, beating fourth place in 1986. For England, a win would be its best result since winning the World Cup in 1966.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Cole returns

UNDATED (AP) — Houston starter Gerrit Cole will come off the bereavement list when the Astros host Detroit in an afternoon game. Cole, who’s 9-2, was placed on the list Tuesday following the death of his grandmother, a day after throwing six scoreless innings in a loss to Oakland. In his first season with Houston following an offseason trade from Pittsburgh, Cole is sixth in the AL in ERA at 2.57 and second in strikeouts with 169.

Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers. Fulmer allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings Saturday for his third straight loss against Texas.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jon Gray is set to return from Triple-A and start for Colorado against Seattle. Gray was expected to be the Rockies’ ace, but he’s been hit hard this season, going 7-7 with a 5.77 ERA before being demoted to work on mechanics and clear his head at Albuquerque. Gray will face emerging left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who is having a breakout season at 33 years old. He’s 5-0 with a 3.39 ERA.

— Phillies righty Aaron Nola will make his last start before possibly starting next week’s All-Star Game when Philadelphia visits Miami. Nola is 12-2 and ranks third in the NL in ERA at 2.27. The timing of his start Saturday could make him the best option for NL manager Dave Roberts in next Tuesday’s All-Star showdown. It will be Nola’s first All-Star appearance.

— CC Sabathia pitches at Progressive Field as the Yankees and Indians continue a four-game series. Sabathia is 51-41 in 123 career starts at the stadium, including during his run as Cleveland’s ace from 2001-08. The Indians will counter with Mike Clevinger (7-4, 3.34) as they try to stretch their AL Central lead heading into the All-Star break.

— Nationals right-hander Austin Voth has been promoted to the majors four times this season, only to be sent back down the first three times without making an appearance. Voth is expected to finally make his debut in a start again the Mets. Voth has gone 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 starts this season for Triple-A Syracuse.

SPORTS BETTING

New Jersey track brings sports bets to New York’s doorstep

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey horse racing track has brought legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep.

The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford began taking sports bets on Saturday morning.

The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets play, about 6 miles from New York City. It’s the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state’s U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting.

Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, near the Jersey shore, and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos in Atlantic City already offered sport betting. Those three outlets took in $16.4 million in sports bets in the first two weeks it was legal.

NASCAR-NBC BROADCAST

Earnhardt leads all-analyst NASCAR booth in New Hampshire

NBC Sports is set to dump its play-by-play NASCAR announcer for an all-analyst lineup headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The network will use three analysts in the broadcast booth for next week’s NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, the 15-time most popular NASCAR driver, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will be the only broadcasters for the July 22 race at the Magic Mile.

Rick Allen, the lead announcer for NASCAR on NBC since 2015, will call the second-tier Xfinity Series race and will contribute to NBC’s Cup Series practice and race coverage.

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