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July 7, 2018


Dodgers’ top pick won’t sign, will attend Mississippi State

UNDATED (AP) — Right-hander J.T. Ginn says he will not sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will instead attend Mississippi State.

The 19-year-old from Brandon High School in Mississippi was selected with the 30th overall pick in last month’s amateur draft, which has a slot value of $2,275,800.

Ginn posted on Instagram, “I had a lot to think about over the last month” and added “after giving it a lot of thought I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of playing college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs!!!”

The deadline for draft picks to sign, unless they have exhausted college eligibility, is 5 p.m. Eastern Friday. Two other first-round selections remained without agreements: right-hander Carter Stewart (selected eighth by Atlanta) and shortstop Matt McLain (25th by Arizona).

Shortstop Brice Turang, taken 21st by Milwaukee, agreed to a $3,411,100 signing bonus, $397,500 above his slot value.


Senators assistant GM seeks dismissal of ‘baseless’ charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer for Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee says harassment charges against his client are “baseless.”

Attorney Paul Cambria made the comments Friday after a brief court hearing in which Lee pleaded not guilty to a second charge of harassment. Lee already had pleaded not guilty to a previous charge.

Lee is accused of making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male shuttle driver in May, when Buffalo was hosting the NHL rookie combine.

He has been suspended by the Senators.

Cambria’s motion to dismiss the harassment charges will be argued July 20 in Buffalo city court.

The Erie County district attorney’s office will oppose the motion.


Saturday play under way

LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep has been knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan at Wimbledon, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round.

Halep’s exit means only one of the women’s top-10 seeds remains in the tournament — No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.

Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and had a match point in the next game, but the French Open champion couldn’t capitalize on her chances. Hsieh saved the match point with a backhand winner before holding for 5-5 and broke Halep in the next game. The Romanian had two more break points at 6-5 but couldn’t take advantage.

The match featured a total of 14 breaks of serve — seven for each player — including five straight to open the first set.


England up 1-0 on Maguire header off corner kick

MOSCOW (AP) — England has gone up 1-0 in its quarterfinal match against Sweden with Harry Maguire’s bouncing header off a corner kick in the 30th minute in Samara.

Maguire outmaneuvered Emil Forsberg to nod Ashley Young’s kick down between goalkeeper Robin Olson and Ola Toivonen, who was guarding the post. It’s Maguire’s first international goal in his 10th match for England.

It’s the only time Sweden has trailed in the tournament other than the dying moments of its 2-1 stoppage-time loss to Germany.

The winner will face Russia or Croatia in the semifinals.


Tour de France director calls for ‘serenity’ with Froome

MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Chris Froome tumbled off the road into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de France today, immediately putting his pursuit of a record-tying fifth title in peril.

With grass stains on his right shoulder and back, Froome got back up and crossed 51 seconds behind Fernando Gaviria, the Colombian who claimed the race’s first yellow jersey with a commanding sprint victory.

When fans at the finish were informed of Froome’s crash, many cheered. The Team Sky rider, who was cleared of doping in an asthma drug case on Monday, was also jeered at Thursday’s team presentations.

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