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Croatia tops England...Federer out... Pirates down Nationals

July 11, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia is going to the World Cup final for the first time after beating England 2-1 in extra time. Mario Mandzukic scored the clincher in the second half of extra time in the semifinal to secure a spot in Sunday’s final against France. England’s 52-year wait for a second World Cup continues. England won the title on home soil in 1966 in its only previous trip to the final. England and Belgium will face each other in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting a match point in the third set. The defending champion lost to Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. John Isner has reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) of Canada 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set duel to reach the semifinals.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte (mar-TAY’) hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0. Washington lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500. The Nationals entered the season as favorites to win a third consecutive NL East title.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — C.J. Cron’s three-run home run in the seventh inning has carried the Tampa Bay Rays to their fifth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Cron’s 18th homer came off Jordan Zimmermann after singles by Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy. The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, going deep for the second straight game to give the Minnesota Twins a boost on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Twins starter Lance Lynn recovered from a three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the first inning to win his second straight start. The Twins used the bottom third of their lineup to launch rallies in the second and the fourth against Royals starter Burch Smith.

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