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BC-AP Sports Digest

July 14, 2018
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LONDON — Angelique Kerber, so steady and patient, never really gave Serena Williams much of a chance in the final. The German won 6-3, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon title. Williams, eyeing an eighth championship at the All England Club, gave birth 10 1/2 months ago. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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


MOSCOW — Croatia has one more day to heal and rest after its grueling run to the World Cup final. France coach Didier Deschamps has one more day to get his young team’s tactics right before the teams meet in Sunday’s final to conclude the monthlong tournament. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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


WASHINGTON — Just a mile from the Capitol, Nationals Park has a reputation as a politics-free zone. The atmosphere of goodwill would likely change were President Donald Trump to throw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. But Trump mostly ignores baseball in Washington. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 900 words, photos.



MOSCOW — FIFA President Gianni Infantino has lavished praise on Vladimir Putin at the World Cup. Human rights groups call it a case of “sportswashing” by the Russian leader — using a major sports event to cleanse a nation’s image. Infantino says it is proper to engage with national leaders. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.


MOSCOW — This World Cup has been fan-bloomin’-tastic. Perhaps the best measure of how addictive the games and multiple story arcs have been is that Monday is going to feel empty without the daily fix from Russia. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.



Jordan Spieth’s British Open title last year shows how much he can handle. He had lost his three-shot lead in the final round at Royal Birkdale when his drive on the 13th hole flew into a bush. But he recovered and won by three strokes. Now he awaits a British Open at Carnoustie, with no doubt in his ability to come back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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LONDON — Novak Djokovic sends the strongest signal yet he is back at the top of tennis. He reaches his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in a match suspended overnight. He’ll play for the title Sunday against Kevin Anderson. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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— TEN--WIMBLEDON-SERENA LOOKS AHEAD — Invigorated Serena Williams ready for U.S. Open. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 500 words, photos.




MOSCOW — Croatia playmaker Luka Modric knows pressure of a different sort. This is a team whose players share a childhood blighted by war. And now Croatian soccer is clouded by is a criminal case in which Modric has been charged with perjury. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 600 words, photos.


YEKATERINBURG, Russia — After reaching the quarterfinals, Russia may have new confidence on the soccer field. Its cities, though, could end up burdened with stadiums. Maintenance costs have soared, and local officials are pleading for help from the federal government. By Tatiana Titova and James Ellingworth. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


MOSCOW — When Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind. Fans attending Sunday’s World Cup final will pass a huge statue of the Russian Revolution’s leader. Right behind is a Budweiser concession stand. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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— SOC--WCUP-WHY FRANCE WILL WIN —By John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-WHY CROATIA WILL WIN — By Rob Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-FRANCE-CROATIA MATCHUPS — By Ronald Blum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-ENGLAND-BELGIUM — Belgium beats England 2-0 in third-place game in St. Petersburg. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— SOC--WCUP-KICKOFF — A look at what’s coming at World Cup. SENT: 500 words, photos.



MIAMI — Aaron Nola (12-2, 2.27 ERA) makes make his last start before possibly starting next week’s All-Star Game when the first-place Philadelphia Phillies play the last-place Miami Marlins. The timing could make Nola the best option for NL manager Dave Roberts. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.


CLEVELAND — CC Sabathia returns to the mound where he made his first career start when the Yankees face the AL-Central leading Indians. Sabathia’s was Cleveland’s ace from 2001-08. New York trails Boston by 3 1/2 games in the AL East. By Tom Withers. Game starts 7:10 p.m.


BOSTON — J.D. Martinez is serious about every swing he takes, even in batting practice, and he has the tape to prove it. The Red Sox All-Star has recorded all his BP swings since 2015 on an iPad. He calls himself a “trained hitter,” a credit to his meticulous preparation. SENT: 650 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Alex Bregman is heading to his first All-Star Game, with more than baseball at play. The Houston third baseman has tried his hand at modeling to help promote a new art, fashion and music event during All-Star week. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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— BBN--BRAVES-MARKAKIS-LONG WAIT — Baves outfielder Nick Markakis finally gets an All-Star nod. By Charles Odum. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— BBA--UPTON-VERLANDER-CHILD — model Kate Upton, Justin Verlander expecting first child. SENT: 150 words.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands Racetrack begins taking sports bets, bringing legal sports betting to New York City’s doorstep. It’s the fourth sports betting outlet in New Jersey following the state’s victory in the Supreme Court. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 500 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agree to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. The Bulls are banking on him to stay healthy after he tore a ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with Milwaukee. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 450 words, photos.


DETROIT — Chauncey Billups is still eyeing the chance to run an NBA team. He spoke with the Cavaliers last year but was not hired. When Detroit overhauled its organization, he seemed like a potential fit, but that didn’t happen, either. Billups insists he’s up to the task and “ready to go.” By Noah Trister. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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— BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP — Las Vegas NBA summer league resumes with six games. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Games start 4 p.m.



SPARTA, Ky. — Defending race and Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. is on the pole for the NASCAR 400-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. Erik Jones, who won last week at Daytona, starts second. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Race starts 7:45 p.m.

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— CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO — Qualifying for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Toronto. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Qualifying started 1:55 p.m.



GULLANE, Scotland — Russell Knox, playing excellent golf this summer, masters a windy links course with a 4-under 66 in the third round of the Scottish Open. The Scotsman is two strokes behind leader Jens Dantorb in this tuneup for next week’s British Open. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 400 words.


SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim, winless in 84 PGA Tour starts, is in front by four strokes with the second round still to be completed at the John Deere Classic. A British Open spot goes to the leading player from the top five not already exempt. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Scott Parel takes a one-stroke lead into the third round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. The 53-year-old Parel is going for his first PGA Tour Champions victory. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Brooke M. Henderson, Caroline Hedwall up by a shot entering third round of Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— GLF--SENIOR WOMEN — Trish Johnson, Laura Davies up by three strokes going into third round of inaugural US Senior Women’s Open in Wheaton, Ill. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 p.m.



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In what could be Manny Pacquiao’s last fight, Argentinia’s Lucas Matthysse defends his WBA welterweight title against the Filipino great. Matthysse’s trainer says his fighter will show “no respect” for the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who returns to the ring a year after his loss to Jeff Horn.

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— BOX--ZEUGE-FIELDING — Germany’s undefeated Tyron Zeuge fights at home, defending his WBA super middleweight title line against Britain’s Rocky Fielding. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 7 p.m.



AMIENS, France — Dylan Groenewegen wins a second consecutive stage at the Tour de France and Greg Van Avermaet keeps the overall lead for a fifth straight day. Four-time winner Chris Froome remains more than a minute behind Van Avermaet. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-CRUCIAL COBBLES — Gut-busting cobblestones await riders in next stage. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-TASTE OF THE TOUR — Mussels and fries on menu Sunday as France savors prospect of World Cup title. By Andrew Dampf and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — English star Wayne Rooney makes his MLS debut for D.C. United against the Vancouver Whitecaps, marking the opening of a stadium in the nation’s capital. The 32-year-old Rooney joins a team that has won just two games and is last in its conference. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

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— SOC--CHELSEA-SARRI HIRED — Maurizio Sarri, who revitalized Napoli, hired as Chelsea manager. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 650 words, photos.



LAS VEGAS — The centerpiece no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event of the World Series of Poker is down to three players. One will take home $8.8 million and a gold bracelet. By Regina Garcia Cano. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Play starts 8:30 p.m.


— MICHIGAN STATE-AD— Michigan State set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director, the AP is told. By Noah Trister. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

— FBC--GEORGIA-ROBERTSON TRANSFER — Receiver Demetris Robertson transferring from Cal to Georgia in home state. SENT: 130 words.





Saturday’s Time Schedule


Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 2, 12:35 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 1:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Arizona at Atlanta, 4:10 p.m.

Detroit at Houston, 4:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 4:10 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 4:10 p.m.

Texas at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:15 p.m.

L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 7:15 p.m.

Seattle at Colorado, 9:10 p.m.

Oakland at San Francisco, 10:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

World Cup (Third Place)

Belgium vs. England at St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 a.m.


Dallas at Seattle, 9 p.m.


Columbus at New York City FC, 7 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at New York, 7 p.m.

LA Galaxy at New England, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at FC Dallas, 8 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Minnesota United, 8 p.m.

Toronto FC at Orlando City, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

Houston at Colorado, 9 p.m.

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