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Nadal to stay No.1 ... England reaches WCup semifinals ... Family of Ohio State doctor says it’s cooperating in probe

July 7, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal has guaranteed he will stay No. 1 in the men’s rankings after Wimbledon as he reached the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur. Nadal hasn’t dropped a set so far in the tournament. Top-ranked Simona Halep has been knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan at Wimbledon today, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round.

MOSCOW (AP) — England has reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990 by beating Sweden 2-0 with headed goals by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli. England will play Croatia or host nation Russia in the second semifinal match in Moscow on Wednesday, and is seeking to reach its first final since it won the World Cup in 1966. The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994.

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA says almost 2,000 seats were empty in Samara, Russia, for England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals. The crowd of 39,991 fell short of the 41,970 capacity and organizers are saying the main reason was unsold tickets. FIFA notes that fans from England and Sweden bought fewer ticket plans that guarantee seats at each of their team’s games in Russia.

DONEGAL, Ireland (AP) — South African golfer Erik van Rooyen has left behind his overnight co-leaders to grab a commanding four-shot lead going into the final day of the Irish Open. Van Rooyen began the third round in a three-way tie for the lead, but stormed to the turn in just 29 shots on his way to a superb 6-under-par 66 to finish 14 under. He’s four shots ahead of Joakim Lagergren of Sweden and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of a former Ohio State University team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct says it is “shocked and saddened” by the allegations and is cooperating with the school’s independent investigation. The Columbus Dispatch in a story published online today says an emailed statement was sent by Scott Strauss, the son of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67. The statement says “along with the alleged victims, our family seeks the truth.”

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