Play under way at Wimbledon ... Tony Parker done in San Antonio ... Froome starts pursuit of 5th Tour de France title
LONDON (AP) — Play is underway on Day 6 at Wimbledon. Top-ranked duo Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are back on court as they try to reach the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam. No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro was the highest-seeded player in early action, playing Benoit Paire of France on No. 2 Court. The former U.S. Open champion is trying to make the fourth round for the fourth time at the All England Club, having reached the semifinals as his best result in 2013.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Parker is done in San Antonio. Parker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, ending a 17-year run with the Spurs. And he’s not the only veteran on the move, with Oklahoma City and Carmelo Anthony having mutually agreed they will part ways and Dwight Howard set to sign with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers. All of those deals have been confirmed to The Associated Press by people involved in the negotiations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Bautista’s grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the New York Mets to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night. Todd Frazier walked and Devin Mesoraco singled to open the ninth against Chaz Roe before Amed Rosario’s sacrifice advanced the runners. Roe then got pinch-hitter Dominic Smith on a comebacker and intentionally walked Brandon Nimmo to load the bases. Bautista homered to left field on the first pitch he saw for his first career walk-off blast.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Belgium has reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer’s most expensive player. Belgium scored the decisive goal on a counterattack just after a corner had been taken by Neymar. Romelu Lukaku surged forward with the ball and Kevin De Bruyne put it in the net to give Belgium a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute.
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L’ILE, France (AP) — Chris Froome’s pursuit of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title has begun amid big crowds under sunny skies on an island off the Atlantic coast. The full peloton of 176 riders split between 22 teams got rolling this morning for the mostly flat 125-mile first stage.