Brazil stunned...Mets’ Mejia reinstated...Mariners skipper get extension
MOSCOW (AP) — Brazilian fans are consoling one another after their national team was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium. After the 2-1 loss, the fans were hugging one another. Five-time champion Brazil reached the semifinals four years ago when it hosted the World Cup but the 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany stunned the nation. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years.
LONDON (AP) — Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. has become the first man to reach the fourth round on his Wimbledon debut since Nick Kyrgios in 2014.The 103rd-ranked McDonald, 23, defeated Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Friday as the Argentine player featured for a third consecutive day. Pella delivered the biggest upset so far in the men’s draw when he eliminated third-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) in a match that was carried over to Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia (meh-HEE’-uh) has been granted conditional reinstatement from his lifetime drug suspension and could return for the 2019 season. Mejia became the first player suspended for life under the drug program in February 2016 following his third positive test for a banned steroid. He was allowed to apply for reinstatement one year later.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have signed general manager Jerry Dipoto to a multiyear contract extension. The move comes with the Mariners striving to make the postseason for the first time since 2001. Dipoto is in his third full season with the Mariners, who are 56-32 and 1½ games out of first place in the AL West.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University says a former athletic director’s claims that the school used black football players as scapegoats to cover up a school-wide sexual assault scandal are bizarre and “blatantly false.” The school responded in court filings to allegations levied by Ian McCaw during a recent deposition in a lawsuit against the school, The Waco Tribune-Herald reported. The lawsuit was filed two years ago by 10 women who allege Baylor mishandled their sexual assault allegations.