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MOSCOW — Croatia’s legs seemed heavy, burdened by the accumulated toll of consecutive penalty-kicks wins needed to get this far. England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its first World Cup final since 1966. Then the second half started and it was as if a different Croatian team had replaced the lethargic one. By Ronald Blum.
— SOC--WCUP-FINAL LOOKAHEAD — A look ahead to Sunday’s World Cup final. By Rob Harris. SENT 400 words.
LONDON — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators’ cries of “Let’s go, Roger!” echoed through the shadows, everything came apart for the eight-time champion. Against an opponent who’d never beaten him nor made it this far at the All England Club. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 950 words, photos.
LONDON — When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension — and, above all, great tennis — were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the major leagues. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 a.m.
BBO--ALL-STAR GAME-FINAL VOTE
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura won the final two roster spots for next week’s All-Star Game in Washington. Major League Baseball released the results of online balloting for the last slot in each league Wednesday night, with Aguilar drawing 20.2 million votes to secure his first All-Star selection. His total was the second-highest in the history of the All-Star Final Vote, trailing only Justin Turner’s 20.8 million votes last year. SENT: 500 words.
BBO--HOME RUN DERBY
NEW YORK — Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night. The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday’s games. Freeman, the top NL vote-getter for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers. SENT: 500 words.
BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP
LAS VEGAS — Some New York Knicks fans already are reconsidering their feelings about first-round pick Kevin Knox. The No. 9 selection out of Kentucky was booed by some Knicks fans on draft night, but the 18-year-old is already showing great potential. He ended pool play as the No. 3 scorer in the Las Vegas summer league with 23.3 points per game, and he averaged seven rebounds per contest. SENT 1,000 words, photos.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. The 35-year-old cross-country skier known for pink-highlighted hair said Wednesday on social media that “the color pink has taken on a new chapter” in her life. She said the prognosis is good, but she expects life to change significantly in the months ahead. By Rachel D’Oro. SENT 500 words.
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Thursday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
Oakland at Houston, 2:10 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels, 10:07 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
Dallas at Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m.