Halep moves ahead, but Cilic is out...Angels rookie on the mound...Celtics sign top pick
LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep is moving into the third round at Wimbledon, after winning the last 10 games to beat Saisai Zheng of China 7-5, 6-0 today. Halep won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open. She lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2016 and 2017.
LONDON (AP) — Third-seed Marin Cilic has been ousted at Wimbledon. Last year’s finalist lost to Guido Pella of Argentina, who’d been two sets down before the match was suspended yesterday by rain. When it resumed today, the former U.S. Open champ couldn’t find the same rhythm. Cilic’s early exit leaves Roger Federer with an even clearer path to the final. Number-8 Kevin Anderson is now the highest-seeded player left in Federer’s side of the draw.
SEATTLE (AP) — Angels rookie Jaime Barria will start against AL West-leading Seattle tonight in place of Tyler Skaggs a day after the left-hander went on the DL with a thigh strain. Barria is making his 12th start of the season and has given up two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. Lefty Marco Gonzales makes his first start for Seattle since pitching the first complete game of his career in a 4-1 win over Kansas City.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals open a series against Miami hoping to end a five-game skid and get back to .500. Washington fell to 42-43 with a loss to Boston on Wednesday. The Nationals held a players’ only meeting after the 3-0 loss, which was highlighted by Adam Eaton’s throwing error and a wild pitch from Ryan Madson. Jeremy Hellickson tonight makes his second start since returning from the DL, while Marlins righty Pablo Lopez makes his second MLB start.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams. The forward-center out of Texas A&M was selected 27th overall last month with the Celtics’ lone draft pick. Williams’ signing comes days after he received a lecture from the team about accountability following a pair of off-the-court incidents. The 20-year-old slept through a scheduled conference call with reporters the day after the draft and then failed to catch a flight from his native Louisiana to Boston in time for a summer league practice.