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LONDON — Just 10 1/2 months after having a baby, Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon women’s final, bidding for an eighth championship at the All England Club and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Match scheduled to begin not before 9 a.m.
LONDON — Novak Djokovic takes a two-sets-to-one lead over Rafael Nadal into the resumption of their suspended semifinal. The winner will advance to the final against Kevin Anderson. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Belgium and England meet in the one World Cup game that no-one wants to play, the third-place game. A win would give England its best result since winning the World Cup in 1966, while Belgium could beat its previous best of fourth in 1986. By James Ellingworth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 a.m.
— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.
ATLANTA — Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has more than 2,000 career hits but had to wait until this summer to finally receive his first All-Star selection. It came with the added affirmation of leading NL outfielders in the voting and earned him applause both from the Braves, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and others who say the honor was overdue. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 a.m.
BOSTON — Kevin Pillar had four hits and Justin Smoak had three, including a pair of homers, and they drove in four runs apiece to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 13-7 and snap Boston’s 10-game winning streak. Dwight Smith Jr. also homered for Toronto, which won for the second time in six games. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 748 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the San Francisco Giants slowed down the surging Oakland Athletics with a 7-1 victory. Madison Bumgarner pitched three-hit ball over six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. The A’s had won 19 of 24. SENT: 412 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
— BBN--DODGERS UTLEY — By Beth Harris. SENT: 1,037 words, photos.
— BBA--ASTROS-MORTON — By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 425 words, photos.
— BBA--YANKEES-CHAPMAN — SENT: 451 words.
FBN--REFS-NEW CATCH RULE
PLANO, Texas — NFL game officials are getting ready for another season, this time with a revamped catch rule. Veteran referee Walt Coleman thinks officials have already been calling it the new way. The three criteria are having control of the ball, getting two feet down or another body part and making a football move. The new rule essentially eliminates the ground as a consideration. The ground played a key role in Dez Bryant’s infamous catch that wasn’t almost four years ago. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 688 words, photos.
BKN-BILLUPS IN DETROIT
DETROIT — Chauncey Billups is still eyeing the chance to run an NBA team. The former Pistons standout was back in Detroit on Friday night as part of the BIG3. Entertainer Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players made a stop at Little Caesars Arena. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 a.m.
— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — SENT: 642 words.
GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim took a four-shot lead at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities, which was suspended twice because of weather concerns. Kim, winless in 84 career PGA Tour starts, was 16 under through 35 holes, with the second round to be completed Saturday morning. First-round leader Steve Wheatcroft, who shot 68, was 12 under along with David Hearn (64) and Johnson Wagner (66). SENT: 477 words, photos.
GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Scott Parel walked off the course thinking somebody would overtake him. Instead, he’s halfway to his first PGA Tour Champions victory — and it happens to be a major. Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round to reach 11 under. He remained in the lead when Jeff Maggert three-putted from about 15 feet to bogey the par-4 18th. Maggert (68) was tied with Brandt Jobe (67) at 10 under. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 782 words.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — SENT: 350 words, photos.
— GLF--SENIOR WOMEN — SENT: 539 words, photos.
— GLF--AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP — SENT: 182 words.
SPARTA, Ky. — Christopher Bell rallied from the rear of the field after a tire change due to a spin during qualifying, steadily worked his way up the field and passed Justin Allgaier with 17 laps remaining before holding off Daniel Hemric to win the 300-mile NASCAR Xfinity series race at Kentucky Speedway. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 446 words, photos.
— CAR--NASCAR-QUALIFYING — By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 130 words.
— CAR--NASCAR-KENTUCKY — By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 568 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO — SENT: 633 words.
— BAYLOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — SENT: 411 words.
— HKN--CONCUSSION LAWSUIT — SENT: 294 words.
— HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-FLEURY EXTENSION — SENT: 545 words, photos.
— BOX--PACQUIAO-MATTHYSSE — SENT: 151 words, photos.
Saturday’s Time Schedule
Belgium vs. England at St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 a.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 2, 12:35 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 1:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.
Arizona at Atlanta, 4:10 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 4:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 4:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 4:10 p.m.
Texas at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:15 p.m.
L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 7:15 p.m.
Seattle at Colorado, 9:10 p.m.
Oakland at San Francisco, 10:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Dallas at Seattle, 9 p.m.
Columbus at New York City FC, 7 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at New York, 7 p.m.
LA Galaxy at New England, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.
Toronto FC at Orlando City, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at D.C. United, 8 p.m.
Houston at Colorado, 9 p.m.