Update on the latest sports
Croatia into World Cup final with win vs England
MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia is going to the World Cup final for the first time after beating England 2-1 in extra time.
Mario Mandzukic scored the clincher in the second half of extra time in the semifinal to secure a spot in Sunday’s final against France.
The Croatians rallied from a goal down for the third game in succession, with Ivan Perisic’s equalizing with a 68th-minute volley after Kieran Trippier opened the scoring for England a free kick in the fifth.
Mandzukic latched onto Perisic’s header in the 109th minute and rifled it past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, sparking wild celebrations in the corner.
England’s 52-year wait for a second World Cup continues. England won the title on home soil in 1966 in its only previous trip to the final.
The Croatians have played extra time in all three of their knockout games, while France has won all three of its knockout games in 90 minutes and had an extra day to rest.
England and Belgium will play for the second time in the tournament when they contest the third-place playoff in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Belgium won their match in the group stage when both teams fielded second-string lineups.
Federer out; Isner, Nadal and Djokovic advance
LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting a match point in the third set. The defending champion lost to Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.
John Isner has reached his first Grand Slam semifinal on his 41st appearance. The hard-serving American beat Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) of Canada 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Anderson in Wimbledon’s last four.
Isner’s 41 attempts to make a semifinal at a major is the second most in the 50-year professional era, behind Sam Querrey, who made the last four at Wimbledon last year with his 42nd try.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set duel to reach his first Wimbledon semifinal since 2011. Nadal came from a set down to win 7-5, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours, 48 minutes — the longest match of this year’s tournament.
Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) beat Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Marte leads Pirates to 2-0 victory 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.
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.