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July 13, 2018

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final

LONDON (AP) — Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a 6-hour, 36-minute marathon between two big servers on Friday.

The fifth set alone lasted nearly 3 hours as the semifinal became a test of endurance more than skill. Anderson finally earned the must-have, go-ahead service break with the help of a point in which the right-hander tumbled to his backside, scrambled back to his feet and hit a shot lefty.

Only one match at the All England Club has been longer: Isner’s record-setting 2010 first-round victory over Nicolas Mahut, which went more than 11 hours over three days and finished 70-68 in the fifth.

Anderson, a 32-year-old from South Africa, eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

The eighth-seeded Anderson will face the winner of the second semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), which is finally underway.

TENNIS-FARAH-SUSPENSION

Farah banned and fined for facilitating betting offence

UNDATED (AP) — Colombian tennis player Robert Farah has been banned for three months and fined $5,000 for facilitating betting by promoting a gambling website on social media.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said in a news release on Friday that Farah posted a tweet in February which contravened a regulation stating no one “shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any event or any other tennis competition.”

Farah removed the post and apologized when he was contacted by the TIU. The 31-year-old player is ranked 16th in doubles and has a career-high singles ranking of 163, achieved in June 2011.

The TIU is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. 

MLB NEWS

Indians’ Kluber receives knee injection, will miss All-Star

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians ace Corey Kluber has received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game.

The two-time Cy Young winner got the shot Friday, a day after he was beaten by the New York Yankees. The team said he will need at least one week to recover from the injection and will not make his next start until July 23 against Pittsburgh.

Kluber will be replaced on the AL All-Star roster by Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.

The right-hander suffered his fifth loss of the season on Thursday night. Kluber has given up 19 runs over his last 34 innings, an uncharacteristic stretch for one of baseball’s best pitchers. Kluber allowed a go-ahead double to New York’s Aaron Hicks in the eighth inning of Thursday’s loss.

In other MLB news:

— Chase Utley’s baseball career is nearing an end. A person with knowledge of the situation says the six-time All-Star will retire from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season. The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Philadelphia Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series title in 2008. The Phillies traded Utley to the Dodgers in August 2015.

NFL-DEMARCO MURRAY RETIRES

2014 top offensive player RB DeMarco Murray retires

UNDATED (AP) — DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFL.

The 2014 Offensive Player of the Year made the announcement on ESPN on Friday, four months after being released by the Tennessee Titans.

Murray, 30, lost his job to Derrick Henry last season and was due to make $6.25 million in 2018 when the Titans let him go. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the Titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests.

The Titans acquired Murray in a March 2016 trade with the Eagles. Murray had spent one year with Philadelphia after playing four seasons with the Cowboys. Murray was playing for Dallas in 2014 when he won the NFL rushing title and Offensive Player of the Year honors.

NHL NEWS

Marc-Andre Fleury inks 3-year extension with Knights

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms with three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $7 million.

Fleury had one year remaining on his contract. The extension announced Friday would keep him with Vegas through the 2021-22 season, creating the possibility that the 33-year-old Fleury could end his career with the Golden Knights.

Fleury helped the Golden Knights to the Pacific Division title and an appearance in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.

The Golden Knights selected Fleury in the 2017 expansion draft from the Penguins. He won 29 games last season, including the 400th victory of his career.

In other NHL news:

— The federal judge overseeing the NHL concussion case has denied class-action status for the former players suing the league over head injuries. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued her 46-page order on Friday, the first significant victory for the league in a landmark lawsuit that was filed almost five years ago.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

U of Louisville stadium removes Papa John’s name

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is removing the Papa John’s name from its football stadium. It’s the latest fallout over the reported use of a racial slur by the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter (SHNAH’-tur).

The Kentucky school announced the name change for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, as the pizza chain said it is removing Schnatter’s image from its marketing. Also being renamed is John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise at the university’s business college. Schnatter has resigned from the university’s board of trustees.

In other college football news:

— The College Football Playoff agreements for the Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl have been extended six years through 2026. The three bowl games will host a CFP game every year during the six-year period: the semifinals twice, and other non-playoff games assigned by the CFP selection committee four times.The Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls were previously announced as semifinals hosts on a rotating basis through 2026.

NCAA-SELECTION COMMITTEE-WHITE

Duke’s White to chair NCAA selection committee for 2019-20

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke athletic director Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020.

The NCAA announced White’s role Friday. White will serve as vice chairman this season for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee headed by Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, then take over for the 2019-20 season.

White has been a committee member since the 2015-16 season.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen served as chairman of the committee last season and will rotate off the committee Sept. 1.

USA GYMNASTICS-TASK FORCE

USA Gymnastics appoints 5 athletes to task force

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has appointed five retired athletes to a task force to help the organization chart its course after the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.

Ivana Hong, Steven Legendre, Jazzy Kerber, Leigh Hennessy Robson and Shenea Booth were named to the task force on Friday. Up to four more athletes will be named later.

They’ll offer input on the organization’s new high-performance center after the closing of the Karolyi (kah-ROH’-lee) Ranch, the longtime training center where a number of Olympians said they were molested by Nassar.

The task force was one of new CEO Kerry Perry’s top priorities when she assumed leadership of the federation, which has seen a complete overhaul of its board in the wake of the scandal.

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