Update on the latest in sports:
Jul. 06, 2018
Keys is out at Wimbledon
LONDON (AP) — Madison Keys has become the latest top-10 seeded woman to lose at Wimbledon after her comeback fell short. The American fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end as she lost to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in the third round. Six of the women's top 10 seeds, including defending champion Garbine Muguruza, lost in the first two rounds.
In other early action today:
— Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback to reach the third round. Zverev beat American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.
— Gael Monfils advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time after knocking out last year's semifinalist Sam Querrey. Having reached the third round at the All England Club for the seventh time, Monfils finally went a step further to complete a full set of last 16 Grand Slam appearances.
— Camila Giorgi of Italy advanced to the fourth round after saving a match point while beating Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.
— Ekaterina Makarova of Russia followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating former semifinalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic to reach the round of 16 for the third time.
Yanks look for better performance from Gray
TORONTO (AP) — In a season full of highlights for the New York Yankees, right-hander Sonny Gray has been one of the team's biggest disappointments in his first full season with club. Gray will try and rebound from his worst start of the season when the Yankees begin a weekend series in Toronto against the Blue Jays. After being acquired from Oakland last season, Gray is 5-6 with 5.44 ERA this season and is coming off an 11-0 loss to Boston last weekend in which he allowed six runs in only 2 1/3 innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Atlanta Braves began their series against fellow division leader Milwaukee Thursday night with three of the top four hits leaders in the NL, with outfielder Nick Markakis leading the way and infielder Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman close behind in third and fourth, respectively. It's the first time in franchise history the team has had three players reach 100 hits prior to the All-Star game, and the Braves will continue their series when Mike Foltynewicz and Freddy Peralta face off.
— Two weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs suffered through an embarrassing four-game sweep in Cincinnati — beginning a stretch of six losses in seven games. Chicago has won six straight games since that rough patch, and has the opportunity to make amends with the Reds when the two teams begin a weekend series at Wrigley Field. Mike Montgomery starts for Chicago, and Tyler Mahle takes the mound for Cincinnati.
— Despite the struggles of the New York Mets for much of the season, Jacob deGrom has been one of the NL's most dominant starters. The right-hander leads the league with his 1.84 ERA and will be back at work when he takes the mound against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. He has allowed three runs in each of his last two starts, the first time he's allowed three or more runs in back-to-back games since April.
— Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez put together his best full month of the season in June, posting a 3.71 ERA in six starts and lowering his overall ERA from 5.83 to 5.11 in the process. The 2010 Cy Young award winner will try and extend his improved performance into July when he starts in an interleague game against the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Ginn will go to Mississippi State instead of Dodgers
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.
Blue Jackets sign Duclair to one-year deal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Anthony Duclair to a $650,000, one-year contract.
Duclair remains unfilled potential at 22. He has been traded twice and last week became an unrestricted free agent when the Chicago Blackhawks decided not to offer him a contract to retain his rights.
The 2013 third-round pick was traded by the New York Rangers to the Arizona Coyotes in 2015 and put up career highs with 20 goals, 24 assists and 44 points the next season. Arizona traded him to Chicago in January, and the Blackhawks declined to qualify him after eight points in 23 games.