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July 15, 2018

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. Djokovic, a three-time champion, will face Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s final. Also on Saturday, Mike Bryan won his record-tying 17th Grand Slam men’s doubles title, and first without his brother, by teaming with fellow American Jack Sock to beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand. And Angelique Kerber claimed her first Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams.

BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrtz) hit a game-ending grand slam with one out in the 10th inning, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 29th homer to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 80 with a solo shot and red-hot Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 12 games with three singles to raise his majors’ best average to .362 for Boston.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In what seems more like a score by the Vikings, the Tampa Bay Rays roughed up the Minnesota Twins 19-6 on Saturday in Minneapolis. Tampa scored 15 times in the final three innings. The Rays posted season-highs in runs and hits (20) after entering the game 2-34 this season when trailing after six innings.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny has been fired as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, putting an end to the former Gold Glove catcher’s first managerial job during his seventh season. The Cardinals announced Matheny’s firing after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, a defeat that dropped St. Louis to 47-46 overall on the season and seven games back of the National League-leading Chicago Cubs.

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, passing Brad Keselowski and then Kurt Busch late on the way to repeating as champion on Saturday night. Truex’s No. 78 Toyota Camry appeared even more dominant than last July as he led five times for 174 of 267 laps and swept the first two stages from the pole. It was Truex’s fourth victory this season and 19th of his career.

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