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July 14, 2018


Kerber beats Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win 1st Wimbledon title

LONDON (AP) — Angelique Kerber has claimed her first Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams.

Kerber made just five unforced errors compared to Williams’ 24 as the 30-year-old German reversed the result of the 2016 final.

It is the third Grand Slam title of Kerber’s career, adding to her Australian and U.S. Open triumphs in 2016.

The 36-year-old Williams was seeking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, 10 months after having her first child.


Djokovic outlasts Nadal to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has advanced to his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.

The match — which began on Friday evening — finished after 5 hours, 14 minutes as Djokovic secured the only break of the fifth set.

It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history, trailing only Kevin Anderson’s 26-24 victory over John Isner on Friday. That match was the second-longest of any match in Wimbledon history at 6 hours, 36 minutes.

Three-time champion Djokovic will face Anderson in Sunday’s final.


Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish on Saturday by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match.

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each for the Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin de Bruyne in the 82nd.

Toby Alderweireld denied England’s best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier.

England, which lost to Croatia in the semifinals, matched its best World Cup result — fourth in 1990 — since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.

France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.


Cole returns

UNDATED (AP) — Houston starter Gerrit Cole will come off the bereavement list when the Astros host Detroit in an afternoon game. Cole, who’s 9-2, was placed on the list Tuesday following the death of his grandmother, a day after throwing six scoreless innings in a loss to Oakland. In his first season with Houston following an offseason trade from Pittsburgh, Cole is sixth in the AL in ERA at 2.57 and second in strikeouts with 169.

Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers. Fulmer allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings Saturday for his third straight loss against Texas.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Jon Gray is set to return from Triple-A and start for Colorado against Seattle. Gray was expected to be the Rockies’ ace, but he’s been hit hard this season, going 7-7 with a 5.77 ERA before being demoted to work on mechanics and clear his head at Albuquerque. Gray will face emerging left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who is having a breakout season at 33 years old. He’s 5-0 with a 3.39 ERA.

— Phillies righty Aaron Nola will make his last start before possibly starting next week’s All-Star Game when Philadelphia visits Miami. Nola is 12-2 and ranks third in the NL in ERA at 2.27. The timing of his start Saturday could make him the best option for NL manager Dave Roberts in next Tuesday’s All-Star showdown. It will be Nola’s first All-Star appearance.

— CC Sabathia pitches at Progressive Field as the Yankees and Indians continue a four-game series. Sabathia is 51-41 in 123 career starts at the stadium, including during his run as Cleveland’s ace from 2001-08. The Indians will counter with Mike Clevinger (7-4, 3.34) as they try to stretch their AL Central lead heading into the All-Star break.

— Nationals right-hander Austin Voth has been promoted to the majors four times this season, only to be sent back down the first three times without making an appearance. Voth is expected to finally make his debut in a start again the Mets. Voth has gone 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 starts this season for Triple-A Syracuse.


New Jersey track brings sports bets to New York’s doorstep

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey horse racing track has brought legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep.

The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford began taking sports bets on Saturday morning.

The track is located in the sports complex where the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets play, about 6 miles from New York City. It’s the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state’s U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case that cleared the way for all 50 states to legalize sports betting.

Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, near the Jersey shore, and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos in Atlantic City already offered sport betting. Those three outlets took in $16.4 million in sports bets in the first two weeks it was legal.


Earnhardt leads all-analyst NASCAR booth in New Hampshire

UNDATED (AP) — NBC Sports is set to dump its play-by-play NASCAR announcer for an all-analyst lineup headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The network will use three analysts in the broadcast booth for next week’s NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, the 15-time most popular NASCAR driver, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will be the only broadcasters for the July 22 race at the Magic Mile.

Rick Allen, the lead announcer for NASCAR on NBC since 2015, will call the second-tier Xfinity Series race and will contribute to NBC’s Cup Series practice and race coverage.

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