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LONDON — In the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history, Kevin Anderson beats John Isner 26-24 in a five-set epic lasting well past six hours. The winner plays for the title Sunday against Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. That semifinal will be the 52nd time they have met, more than other men’s pairing in tennis history. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout the day.
MOSCOW — Either a French team led by a dynamic teenager or a resilient Croatia team that has repeatedly been pushed to the limit will win the World Cup in Sunday’s final to conclude the monthlong soccer showpiece. By Graham Stadium. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time developments throughout day.
— SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA MATCHUP — Capsule look at final. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
MOSCOW — What’s a viewer to choose? The Wimbledon men’s singles final could be in the third or fourth set when the World Cup final between France and Croatia begins. FIFA moved up the kickoff time by several hours from previous tournaments. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich and Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Next week’s All-Star festivities mark a celebration of baseball’s return to the nation’s capital 13 years ago. As Ryan Zimmerman and those around the Nationals for the past decade-plus know, Washington had to rediscover the game. Now it’s a baseball town again. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 p.m.
Ryan Armour nearly had the 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur title when his opponent birdied the last two holes and won on the next hole. The opponent? Tiger Woods. Woods is now playing the British Open for the 20th time, and won the claret jug three times. Armour finally made it to his first major at age 41. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--BRITISH OPEN-CAPSULES, GLF--BRITISH OPEN-TRIVIA QUIZ.
MOSCOW — Twenty years later, after captaining France to the 1998 World Cup title, Didier Deschamps will be coaching the French against Croatia in Sunday’s final. He could join Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer as the only World Cup winners as player and coach. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
LONDON — Serena Williams says over and over that Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby Her goal every match is a “giant step forward.” The next one could result in her eighth Wimbledon title when she plays Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s final. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE — UPCOMING.
MOSCOW — A Croatia victory would give the country its first major soccer title, one final twist in this World Cup where the established order has been shaken. Long after Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain departed, Croatia is still standing. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-BALKANS-SOCCER DIVIDE — Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia’s success. By Jovana Gec. SENT: 550 words, photos.
MOSCOW — Budweiser has a boat on the Moskva River and a disco. Coke entertained guests at an installation in Gorky Park. Visa built a campaign around former Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Business went on at the World Cup without the U.S,. but the tournament’s visibility decreased at home. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 3 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-FIRED UP FOR THIRD? — England plays Belgium in Saturday’s third-place match in St. Petersburg. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— SOC--WCUP-FIFA-INFANTINO — FIFA’s president holds his one World Cup news conference two days before the final. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by3 p.m.
— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at what’s coming at World Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.
BBA--BLUE JAYS-RED SOX
BOSTON — Mookie Betts and the surging Red Sox go for their 11th straight victory the play the Toronto Blue Jays. Rick Porcello (11-3) starts for Boston, which is 37 games over .500 for the first time since 1949. Betts, hitting a major league-best .352, had a grand slam and five RBIs Thursday night. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Athletics, winners of 19 of 24, face the Giants in the Bay Bridge Series opener after taking three of four from World Series champion Houston. Madison Bumgarner starts for San Francisco against Edwin Jackson of Oakland. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10:15 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Prized rookie Walker Buehler returns to the rotation when the first-place Dodgers host the Angels in the Freeway Series. Buehler (4-2) made his last big league start June 8 and has made only one awful relief appearance since because of a rib injury. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 10 p.m.
NEW YORK — The University of Louisville is removing the Papa John’s name from its football stadium. The school acted after the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter, reportedly complained that Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using a racial slur. By Food Industry Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
FBN--REFS-NEW CATCH RULE
PLANO, Texas — The NFL clarifies — and apparently simplifies — the rule for what constitutes a catch. The annual preseason meeting is not far from the home of the Dallas Cowboys, who were on the wrong end of the infamous call involving Dez Bryant almost four years ago. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— FBN--DEMARCO MURRAY RETIRES — DeMarco Murray retires from NFL four months after release by Titans. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.
GULLANE, Scotland — Robert Rock shoots a 7-under 63 for the lowest 36-hole total since the Scottish Open was started by European Tour in 1972. Rock, ranked No. 244, has a two-shot lead and the Englishman has an excellent chance to earn a place in the British Open. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 4 p.m.
GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Wheatcroft takes a one-shot lead into the second round of the John Deere Classic. A British Open spot goes to the leading player from the top five not already exempt. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.
GLF--SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Kenny Perry and Mike Small are in front heading into the second round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Bart Bryant, Glen Day and 2015 U.S. Senior Open champion Jeff Maggert one stroke back. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura leads by a shot entering second round of Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— GLF--SENIOR WOMEN — Elaine Crosby ahead by a stroke going into second round of inaugural US Senior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.
SPARTA, Ky. — It’s a small winners club at Kentucky Speedway, with four drivers sharing seven victories. Those looking to break through must contend with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., a big task considering the latter two have combined for eight wins this season. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-QUALIFYING — UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Qualifying starts 6:40 p.m.
— CAR--NASCAR-XFINITY — Elliott Sadler leads standings entering Xfinity Series race. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Race starts 8:25 p.m.
TORONTO — The Toronto Indy once drew 70,000 fans. But the split of open-wheel racing and the eventual reunification of IndyCar and Champ left some races in limbo. Among them was Toronto, which was canceled for a year. While the race came back, the fans have not. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
— CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO-PRACTICE — UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
METAIRIE, La. — Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton know they wouldn’t have wound up in New Orleans if the Pelicans hadn’t lost DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo in free agency. But they are young and hope to lift their game playing alongside Anthony Davis. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.
— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — Las Vegas NBA summer league resumes with eight games. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Games start 4 p.m.
TOUR DE FRANCE
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
CHARTRES, France — Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen wins the longest stage of the Tour de France while Greg Van Avermaet keeps the yellow jersey. Four-time champion Chris Froome and other favorites finish in the main pack of the seventh stage. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-CRADDOCK’S PERSEVERANCE
CHARTRES, France — Lawson Craddock is giving new meaning to the term “Texas Tough.” After breaking his shoulder and bloodying his face in a crash during the first stage, the American rider has soldiered on through six more grueling days. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Tour stops on Saturday in Amiens, the birthplace of French President Emmanuel Macron. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.
TURIN, Italy — For some, Cristiano Ronaldo is as important as the pope. And now Ronaldo mania is in full swing, with an ice cream flavor and pizza named after him and lines to buy his shirt. Enterprising businessmen are missing no chances to capitalize on the arrival of the five-time player of the year. By Daniella Matar. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— SOC--CHELSEA-CONTE FIRED — Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fired in power struggle despite Premier League, FA Cup titles. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.
— HKN--GOLDEN KNIGHTS-FLEURY EXTENSION — Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury signs three-year extension with Vegas. SENT: 300 words, photos.
— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES
— BKL--WNBA CAPSULES
Friday’s Time Schedule
Texas at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 8:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Arizona at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Seattle at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.
Phoenix at Connecticut, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Las Vegas at Minnesota, 8 p.m.