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July 9, 2018

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TOP STORIES

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — First, Roger Federer. Then Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Centre Court features three of tennis’ greatest players at Wimbledon, and each looked dominant during straight-set victories to reach the quarterfinals. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

SOC--WCUP-BELGIUM-MARTINEZ’S MISSION

MOSCOW — For years, he was marginalized for his big ideas but insufficient strategy. Now, Roberto Martinez is suddenly a master tactician after Belgium took out Brazil. With two more wins — the next game is Tuesday’s semifinal against France — the Spaniard will become the first foreign coach to capture a World Cup. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— With:

— SOC--WCUP-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

— SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-BELGIUM-MATCHUP— Capsule look at France-Belgium semifinal in St. Petersburg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKL--DOWNSIZING ARENAS

NEW YORK — Sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better, the WNBA is learning as far as arenas go. Teams have been going with smaller venues the last few years, allowing them to save money and create a more intimate experience for fans. Only four teams are playing in current NBA arenas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

COMMENTARY

SOC--JOHN LEICESTER-PLAYERS’ PARENTS

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Maybe there should be a World Cup award to go with the golden boot (top scorer) and golden ball (best player). Call it the golden steering wheel, given to the parents and mentors whose sacrifices helped produce the stars now playing on soccer’s biggest stage. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WIMBLEDON

TEN--WIMBLEDON-SERENA STANDS OUT

LONDON — For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals. Clearly, though, that needs an asterisk, as Serena Williams herself pointed out. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— Also:

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-ISNER’S FIRST QUARTERFINAL — By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-UMPIRE SPATS — By Sam Johnston. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON-TRUMP — UPCOMING: 200 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— TEN--WIMBLEDON GLANCE — UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

WORLD CUP

SOC--WCUP-CROATIA-ENGLAND

MOSCOW — Buoyed by the cry that “it’s coming home,” England awaits its next test in its bid for a World Cup trophy when it plays Croatia on Wednesday. Croatia is wounded and weary from consecutive two-hour knockout matches but can still field a lineup as loaded as any of the semifinalists. By Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — Key storylines for semifinals. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-PAVARD — French ride play of breakout star Benjamin Pavard. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 3 p.m.

— RUSSIA-LGBT LIFE-PHOTO GALLERY — In a country where LGBT rights are routinely repressed, the Fame Club is a refuge. By Vadim Ghirda and Natcha Pisarenko. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— SOC--SPAIN-NEW COACH — Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hired as Spain’s coach. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--RANGERS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The major league-leading Red Sox return home and go for their seventh straight victory when they play the last-place Texas Rangers. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3) starts for Boston, and slugger J.D. Martinez is expected to play after missing a game because of an ailing foot and calf. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:0 p.m.

BBA--ATHLETICS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole (9-2) is on the mound for the first-place Houston Astros, who have won six in a row. The World Series champs open a four-game series against an Oakland Athletics team that has won eight of 10. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m.

BBN--PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — Aaron Nola tries to become the National League’s first 12-game winner when the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies play the Mets in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Weak-hitting New York was shut out by Tampa Bay in its last two games. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

— Also:

— BBA--ROYALS-JAPANESE PITCHER — Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher to minor league contract. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--NUGGETS-JOKIC & BARTON

DENVER — The Nuggets doled out roughly $200 million to lock up big man Nikola Jokic and bring back guard Will Barton. They’ll be counted on heavily for a Denver team trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2012-13. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— Also:

— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — Ten games on Las Vegas NBA summer league schedule. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. First game starts 3 p.m., last game 11:30 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--ARCA-GIRL POWER

NEWTON, Iowa — The stock car racing team Venturini Motorsports has a tradition of employing women that goes back decades. Last week, the ARCA outfit started three female drivers in the same race, a first in the modern era of the sport. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE

CHOLET, France — Chris Froome’s Team Sky comes up four seconds short of winning the team time trial in the third stage of the Tour de France. Greg Van Avermaet of victorious BMC takes the yellow jersey. Froome is 55 seconds behind in the overall standings with another week of rolling stages before the Alps. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— With:

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Tour on Tuesday enters Brittany, where salted sea bass and refreshing white wines await. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OTHER

— FBC--ALABAMA-COWAN — Alabama dismisses linebacker VanDarius Cowan from team. SENT: 100 words.

— BASKETBALL BRAWL-REFEREES — Players, refs trade punches in Atlanta area AAU basketball game. SENT: 140 words.

— SOC--HANNOVER-WOOD — U.S. striker Bobby Wood joins German club Hannover on loan from Hamburger SV. SENT: 200 words, photos.

— CAPSULES

— BBO--BASEBALL CAPSULES

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Monday’s Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m., 1st game

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m., 1st game

Washington at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m., 2nd game

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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