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July 12, 2018


Croatia to play France in final

MOSCOW (AP) -- Croatia’s fairy tale run at the World Cup will go to the final day of the competition with a matchup against France in Sunday’s final.

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute lifting Croatia to a 2-1 semifinal win over England in extra time in Moscow.

England had taken an early lead on Keiran Trippier’s goal off a free kick in the fifth minute.

Croatia tied the game on Ivan Perisic’s volley in the 68th minute as Croatia rallied from a goal down for the third consecutive game.

Croatia has been extended to extra time in all three knockout games at the World Cup.

For England, the quest for a second World Cup will wait at least another four years. The 1966 World Cup champions will play Belgium on Saturday in the third-place playoff in St. Petersburg.

Belgium beat England in the group stage as both teams rested starters with places in the knockout round assured.


Federer upset; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner reach semis

LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer seemed destined for a spot in the Wimbledon semifinals as he raced to a two sets lead and had match point in the third, but South African Kevin Anderson wasn’t ready to give up.

Anderson rallied to stun Federer 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

Anderson will face ninth-seeded American John Isner in the semifinals.

Isner reached his first Grand Slam semifinal on his 41st appearance, topping Canada’s Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Isner needed 41 attempts before finally breaking through and reaching a semifinal at a major.

The 50-year professional era record belongs to Sam Querrey, who made the last four at Wimbledon last year with his 42nd try.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal came from a set down to beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours, 48 minutes.

Nadal is in the Wimbledon semis for the first time since 2011.

Three-time Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is back in the semifinals for the first time since 2015 after beating Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.


Marte leads Pirates over Nationals

UNDATED (AP) — Starling Marte (mar-TAY’) hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0.

Marte homered to center field with two outs in the third off Gio Gonzalez after Jordy Mercer led off the inning with the first of his two doubles. That was enough to give the Pirates just their third win in nine games.

Washington lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500. The Nationals entered the season as favorites to win a third consecutive NL East title.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— C.J. Cron’s three-run home run in the seventh inning has carried the Tampa Bay Rays to their fifth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Cron’s 18th homer came off Jordan Zimmermann after singles by Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy. The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22.

Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run for the Minnesota Tiwns in an 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals. Dozier’s homered in the last two games.


Twins send struggling reliever Reed to DL with tight triceps

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed right-handed reliever Addison Reed on the 10-day disabled list with tightness in his triceps.

The move was made before Wednesday’s game against Kansas City, the first trip to the disabled list in Reed’s seven-year major league career.

In 41 games in his first season with the Twins, Reed is 1-5 with a 4.83 ERA. He has allowed eight home runs in 41 innings. Five of those have come in his past 16 appearances, over which he has a 9.42 ERA with 24 hits allowed in 14 1/3 innings. Reed signed a two-year, $16.75 million contract with the Twins before the season.

Right-handed reliever Alan Busenitz was recalled from Triple-A Rochester for the third time this year.

In other MLB news:

— The Houston Astros have optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno, a night after he appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch when he lifted him from the game. I?t was the second major outburst of the year for the right-hander, who punched himself in the face as he left the mound after another bad performance earlier in the season.


Sabres hire Steve Smith to coaching staff

UNDATED (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley has hired Steve Smith to his staff.

Smith was a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Edmonton during a 16-year career, also playing for the Blackhawks and Flames. He has nine years of experience as an NHL assistant, including the past four in Carolina.

Smith will oversee the Sabres defensemen, a group expected to include Rasmus Dahlin, the first player selected in the draft last month.

In other NHL news:

— The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with Anthony Mantha. The 23-year-old wing led the team with 24 goals last season. Mantha had 48 points in 80 games. He has 43 goals and 44 assists in two-plus seasons with the Red Wings. Detroit drafted him 20th overall in 2013.


Giants, Redskins make picks in NFL’s supplemental draft

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Giants have spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and Washington has selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round Wednesday.

New York will surrender its third-round pick in next April’s draft in Nashville, while the Redskins give up a sixth-rounder.

Both players were ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season and entered the supplemental draft.

Not selected were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.

In other NFL news:

—Police say Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was attacked during a run-in with a facility-service employee at the airport in Atlanta. Atlanta police say Jones confronted ABM Industries employee Frank Ragin after Ragin made a “gesture” toward the football player Tuesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Police say words were exchanged before Ragin struck Jones with a closed fist, causing a cut to Jones’ face. Ragin was arrested on two counts of battery and taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.

—The ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says through her lawyer that the Buffalo Bills running back orchestrated an attack that left her bloody amid attempts to get her to leave his suburban Atlanta mansion. Attorney Tanya Mitchell Graham says in a statement to news outlets that her client was physically assaulted by a man who entered the home with no signs of forced entry and demanded specific items of jewelry that had been given to her by McCoy. McCoy and the woman have been in court over his attempts to evict her from the home.


Tim Tebow to be inducted into Florida’s ring of honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be inducted into Florida’s ring of honor, becoming the sixth player to receive the honor. The school announced Wednesday that Tebow will be recognized during the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 6. His name will be unveiled on a wall inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The display will now feature Tebow and the other five members of the program’s ring of honor: linebacker Wilber Marshall, running back Emmitt Smith, 1966 Heisman winner and famed coach Steve Spurrier, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel and defensive end Jack Youngblood.

Tebow went 35-6 in four seasons (2006-09) at Florida, finishing with a Southeastern Conference-record 170.8 career pass efficiency rating. He left college with 28 school records, 14 conference marks and five NCAA records.


Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over vacated national title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An attorney representing a group of former Louisville men’s basketball players says they have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization’s vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four.

John Morgan, one of several attorneys representing former Cardinals captain Luke Hancock, the 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and four teammates from that title team, described the NCAA as “a morally bankrupt organization” that exploits student-athletes during a Wednesday news conference.

The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title as part of sanctions for violations discovered during an escort scandal investigation.

The governing body in February denied the school’s appeal and vacated 123 victories, including their third NCAA title, following an escort’s book allegations in October 2015 that former basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties. Louisville removed the championship banner from its home arena soon afterward.

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