Friday Sports in Brief | Basketball



WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic picked up a second straight Wimbledon win, this one with a far less daunting deficit, the drama far less palpable.

Djokovic, seeded number 9, beat Britain’s Cam Norrie 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals to extend his winning streak at the All England Club to 27 games in a row as he is chasing a fourth championship in a row.

During the hottest afternoon of the fortnight so far, with the temperature reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the air still, Djokovic started slowly and often looked displeased, shaking his head or gesturing towards his guest box. But unlike the quarter-finals, when he lost the first two sets to No.10 seed Jannik Sinner before winning in five, it took little time for Djokovic to assert his dominance.

He will face first major finalist Nick Kyrgios for the trophy on Sunday. Unranked Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian, didn’t need to play on Friday as 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from their semi-final with a torn abdominal muscle.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Mark Kolozsvary scored on a game-ending disallowance from Matt Wisler in the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kolozsvary opened 10th to second as a pinch runner for Mike Moustakas. He advanced on Nick Senzel’s sacrificial bunt against Wisler (2-3). Albert Almora Jr. walked past Wisler’s denial with pinched hitter Tyler Naquin at home plate.

It was the Majors’ first late-game loss since Dylan Floro for the Dodgers in a 5-4 loss at Seattle on Aug. 18, 2018. It was the first such loss for the Rays in history. of the franchise.

Tampa Bay had a chance to score in the first half of the inning, but Kyle Farmer beat Francisco Mejia at the plate on Yandy Diaz’s ground pitch to shortstop against Josh Kuhnel (1-1). The piece was supported by a video review.

Brandon Drury homered to help last-place Cincinnati win back-to-back games for the first time since June 26 in San Francisco and June 28 against the Cubs in Chicago. Senzel had two of the Reds’ four hits.

BOSTON (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer on a four-run first inning, Matt Carpenter homered among three hits on his first left-field start in a decade and the Yankees of New York beat Boston 12-5 for their 10th win in their last 11 games against the Red Sox.

Joey Gallo hit a two-run triple on a steal that right fielder Christian Arroyo lost at dusk. Gallo was ejected at home plate trying to make a home run inside the park.

New York is a season high with 38 games over .500 and at 61-23 tied its 1928 and 1939 teams for the second-best 84-game record in team history, trailing just 64 -20 in 1998. The Yankees opened up a 15 1/2 game lead over second place Tampa Bay in the AL East, the first of the games and as of the schedule date, they have taken a 15 game lead. The Red Sox are 16 games behind.

In a game that lasted 3 hours and 52 minutes, the Yankees scored double-digit runs for the 14th time this season, a major league high. They have won nine of their last 12 games.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have been tapped to start the July 19 All-Star Game along with host Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and Trea Turner.

Toronto wide receiver Alejandro Kirk and Miami Jazz second baseman Chisholm Jr. were voted to start as All-Stars for the first time, finishing atop their positions in the second round of fan voting. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Ronald Acuña Jr. of World Series champion Atlanta Braves were voted on the first ballot as the top voters in their leagues.

The AL starting lineup includes Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Houston third baseman Boston Rafael Devers and Kirk behind the plate. Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton joined Judge and Trout in the outfield, while Ohtani was named designated hitter.

NL starters include Chicago Cubs wide receiver Willson Contreras, St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Chisholm at second, Turner at shortstop, San Diego third baseman Manny Machado and a outfield of Betts, Acuña and Joc Pederson of San Francisco.

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper was voted the National League’s first DH following the extension of the DH rule to both leagues, but will be replaced in the starting lineup after he broke his left thumb when he was hit by a throw of Blake Snell of San Diego on June 25.


CHICAGO (AP) — Brittney Griner is “the fun aunt,” according to Nneka Ogwumike. She is resilient and kind, Ogwumike said. Another girl from Texas and Ogwumike’s dad’s favorite player.

Speaking ahead of the WNBA All-Star festivities in Chicago, Ogwumike focused more on Griner’s humanity than his playing ability as the league continued to push for Griner’s release from custody in Russia.

Ogwumike, the president of the WNBA players’ association, joined Griner’s wife Cherelle, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Seattle Storm star Sue Bird and labor leader Terri Jackson for a press conference calling for the mercy for Griner a day after the eight-time All-Star pleaded guilty to drug possession charges that could see her sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Returning to play basketball in Russia, Griner, 31, was first arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in February. Police said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in his luggage.

Speaking through an interpreter, Griner told the court on Thursday that she had no intention of committing a crime and that she had acted involuntarily because she had packed her bags for Moscow in a hurry. . The trial was then adjourned until July 14.

Griner’s guilty plea may be an effort by him and his advisers to expedite the legal process.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a two-year, $122 million extension that puts the Olympic gold medalist under contract through the 2026-27 season.

Lillard will make about $59 million in 2025-26 and then about $63 million next year, the person who spoke to The Associated Press said on condition of anonymity because the extension has not been announced.

He will earn an estimated $137 million over the next three seasons, before overtime begins.

Lillard is a six-time All-Star who spent his 10 NBA seasons in Portland. He was limited to 29 games last season due to a core injury that required surgery, and told ESPN in an early Friday TV interview that the time off – while frustrating – should help him through. long term.


NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Cameron Tringale finally saw off the Renaissance Club in windy weather and held on to stay three strokes clear at the Scottish Open as he tries to win for the first time at his 13th year on the PGA Tour.

Tringale stayed on course after making four consecutive bogeys on the turn and finished with three pars for a 2 of 72. He had a three-stroke lead over Gary Woodland (72) and Doug Ghim, whose 69 prompted the hope that he could win one of the three places available for the British Open.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, the world number one, was among seven players who can start early on the Old Course in St. Andrews. They all missed the cut.

Scheffler (72) was on the right side of the draw and got a taste of the quirky rebounds, finding pot bunkers and other issues that kept him from catching up. PGA Champion Justin Thomas had a 77 and missed the cut by seven strokes.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Adam Svensson shot a 5-under 67 and had a three-stroke lead in the Barbasol Championship when second-round play at waterlogged Keene Trace was suspended due to the darkness.

Svensson had a total of 15 under 129 at Keene Trace, where a midday thunderstorm followed thick morning fog. The game was delayed by a total of 5 hours and 20 minutes with half the pitch unable to complete the round.

The rain softened the greens even more than in the first round, where two-thirds of the field shot par or better. It also extended the course by 7,328 yards, although Svensson continued to set the pace with seven birdies that offset bogeys at the par-4 third and par-3 16th. He shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday.

Trey Mullinax made a 20-footer for a birdie at the par-4 13th to reach 13 under and end his day.

Mark Hubbard (67), Robin Roussel (68) and Brandon Hagy (62) were at 12 under, while Tom Lewis (four holes remaining) was also at 12 under with Jonathan Byrd (five holes remaining), Matti Schmid (eight holes remaining) remaining) and Max McGreevy (nine holes remaining).


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