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July 8, 2018


Lester looks for 12th win

UNDATED (AP) — Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career, including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago Cubs left-hander is in the middle of what might prove to be his finest season so far, and he’ll look to become the National League’s first 12-game winner when he takes the mound against the Cincinnati Reds. Lester is 11-2 with a 2.25 ERA this season, and he’s won his last seven starts — including going 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA during June.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Arizona starter Zack Greinke has turned around his season since posting a 5.04 ERA in April and is 9-5 with a 3.35 ERA overall, including 112 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks right-hander will take the mound against the San Diego Padres, and he comes in having allowed only two runs in his last three starts combined — a span of 19 2/3 innings.

— Rick Porcello struggled mightily to follow up his 2016 Cy Young award-winning season a year ago, finishing a disappointing 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA. The Boston right-hander has returned to form this year with a 10-3 record and 3.57 ERA, and he’ll be on the mound when the Red Sox close out their season series with the Kansas City Royals.


Russian fans welcome home team after elimination

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of fans have gathered in Moscow to welcome back the Russian team after its narrow loss in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The fan zone in Moscow, usually used for public screenings of games, was packed as Russia’s squad and coach took to the stage to thank the fans.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev says “We played for you. You are the best.”

Russia was eliminated in a penalty shootout after its quarterfinal match against Croatia in Sochi was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time.


Sagan wins State 2 to take early lead

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) — World champion Peter Sagan won a sprint finish to claim the second stage of the Tour de France and the race’s overall lead on Sunday.

The Slovakian rider for Bora-Hansgrohe edged Sonny Colbrelli at the finish line.

Sagan won the flat 113.4-mile leg from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to the department capital of La Roche-sur-Yon in just over four hours.

Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion, came up short in the opening stage’s sprint when he crossed second behind winner Fernando Gaviria


Williams vs. Rodina is matchup of Mom vs. Mom

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams’ fourth-round match against Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom.

Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour.

There were a half-dozen mothers in the singles main draw at the All England Club this year. Two more moms entered the doubles event. Some of the women are hoping for mom-friendly help from the WTA, including more childcare facilities at tournaments.

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