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Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher ... Federer picks up where he left off ... German showjumping great, Winkler, dies

July 9, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan. The team signed Yuki, a 16-year-old pitcher, out of junior high to a minor league contract. He is thought to be the youngest Japanese player to sign with a major league club — and the first to do so out of junior high school.

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer has picked up exactly where he left off at Wimbledon. After cruising through the first week without dropping a set, the defending champion won the opening set of his fourth-round match against Adrian Mannarino 6-0 in 16 minutes. Mannarino won only one point on his own serve as Federer hit 11 winners to just one unforced error. The only consolation for the 22nd-seeded Mannarino was that he became the first player to earn a break point on Federer’s serve during the tournament.

LONDON (AP) — The last of the women’s top-10 seeds has been knocked out at Wimbledon. Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (2) and complete the latest upset in the women’s draw. She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.

LONDON (AP) — Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko lost her first two service games and went 5-2 down in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent.

BERLIN (AP) — German showjumping great Hans Guenther Winkler, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, has died at the age of 91. The German Equestrian Federation confirmed Winkler died in the western town of Warendorf.

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