Roger Federer takes on Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — It’ll either be Wimbledon championship No. 9 for Roger Federer or No. 5 for Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) when they meet in the final.
This is the pair’s third meeting in the title match at the All England Club. Djokovic won both of those previous matchups, in 2014 and 2015.
Federer, who is 37, is going for his 21st Grand Slam trophy overall on Sunday, while the 32-year-old Djokovic is playing for his 16th.
They have played each other 47 times already, with Djokovic holding a 25-22 head-to-head edge. This is also their 16th showdown at a major tournament — the most between any two men in the professional era — and Djokovic leads that count 9-6 so far.
Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) won the women’s final on Saturday, stunning Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2. It was the first Wimbledon title for the seventh-seeded Romanian, who won the French Open last year.
Yanks fall, Rays split to trim AL East lead
UNDATED (AP) _ The New York Yankees failed to beat the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t do much damage to their lead in the American League East.
Randal Grichuk led the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees, making a diving catch in the outfield with the bases loaded and hitting a two-run single. Six pitchers combined to hold the Yankees to five hits as the Jays beat New York for the first time in six tries.
The Yanks avoided their first shutout loss in more than a year when Aaron Judge hit an RBI single off the glove of third baseball Brandon Drury with two out in the ninth. The hit gave the Yanks runners on first and third. But Daniel Hudson worked out of the jam by fanning Luke Voit to end it.
The Yankees’ division lead shrunk by just a half-game after the Rays split a pair in Baltimore. Stevie Wilkerson slammed a two-run homer in the seventh to back a strong pitching performance by the Birds, who limited Tampa Bay to three hits in a 2-1 victory.
Rays hurler Brendan McKay allowed three singles and struck out seven over five scoreless innings after being called up as the 26th man on the team’s roster for the doubleheader.
The Rays took the nightcap as Michael Brosseau and Nate Lowe each hit two of their season-high six home runs in a 12-4 drubbing of Baltimore. Yandy Diaz and Tommy Pham also homered for the Rays, who have won four of five to move within six games of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.
Elsewhere around major league diamonds on Saturday:
_ Max Kepler hit two more home runs off Trevor Bauer and the Twins stretched their lead in the AL Central to 7 ½ games by whipping the second-place Indians, 6-2. Kepler went deep in each of the first two innings after belting three homers off Bauer on June 6. Jake Cave drove in three runs in support of Jake Odorizzi, who is 11-4 after allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings.
_ George Springer scored the go-ahead run from first base on Jose Altuve’s (al-TOO’-vayz) two-out double in the 11th inning to give the Astros a 7-6 win over the Rangers. Altuve finished with four hits and scored three times as Houston maintained its six-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Stitched-up Alex Bregman homered in his return to Houston’s lineup, one night after being hit by a grounder.
_ The Athletics scored seven times in the first inning to blast the White Sox, 13-2. Franklin Barreto hit a three-run home run to cap the first-inning eruption. Matt Chapman had three hits and scored twice as the A’s won for the ninth time in 11 games.
_ Justin Turner had three extra-base hits and the Dodgers ended their four-game losing streak by blowing out the Red Sox, 11-2. Cody Bellinger moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 31st homer for Los Angeles, which had dropped seven straight at Fenway Park, including Friday’s 8-1 win by the Bosox. Turner, A.J. Pollock and Max Muncy also went deep, and Ross Stripling limited Boston to a run and four hits over five innings.
_ Mike Trout smacked a two-run home run and Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) had four RBIs and the Angels followed up Friday’s no-hitter with a 9-2 win over the Mariners. Kole Calhoun also homered and David Fletcher added two RBIs for Los Angeles, which has won the its last two games by a 22-2 margin. Matt Harvey gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings after being activated off the injured list earlier on Saturday
_ Hometown boy Bubba Starling delivered his first career hit and RBI for the Royals in a 4-1 victory against the Tigers. Brad Keller allowed an RBI single to Harold Castro in the second but otherwise shut down Detroit, allowing four hits over eight innings. Cheslor Cuthbert drove in a pair of runs and Nicky Lopez also had an RBI for Kansas City.
_ Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then scored the go-ahead run on Ozzie Albies’ single with one out in the 10th to help the Braves secure a 7-5 victory at San Diego. Donaldson scored three runs and started the winning rally by drawing a leadoff walk against Luis Perdomo. Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. homered for the second straight night for the NL East-leading Braves, who have won five of six and continue to lead the division by six games over Washington.
_ The Nationals won for the 17th time in 21 games by downing the Phillies, 4-3 on Juan Soto’s two-run blast in the ninth inning. The Nats cut it to 3-2 in the eighth off Adam Morgan when Soto scored from third on an error by Mikael (MY’-kehl) Franco. Aaron Nola held Washington to a run over six innings before the Phillies fell to 14-23 since leading the NL East by 3½ games on May 29.
_ Jon Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh as the Cubs blasted the Pirates, 10-4. Lester’s two-run single was among the highlights in Chicago’s seven-run first inning. The lefty later belted his third career home run to help the Cubbies beat Pittsburgh for the second straight day.
_ Tyler O’Neill homered and tied a career high with four RBIs to account for the Cardinals’ scoring in a 4-2 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Dakota Hudson gave up three hits and two runs over six innings, including Eduardo Escobar’s 19th homer. The Cardinals had dropped three straight before ending Arizona’s four-game win streak.
_ Chicago’s lead in the NL Central remains 1 ½ games after the Brewers beat the Giants, 5-4 on pinch-hitter Ben Gamel’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. San Francisco lead 2-1 until Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs), Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) and Keston Hiura (hee-OOR’-uh) opened the seventh with consecutive doubles to put the Brewers ahead, but the Giants scored twice in the ninth off Jeremy Jeffress to tie it.
_ Derek Dietrich, Yasiel Puig, and Curt Casale homered and the Cincinnati Reds put together five-run outbursts in the sixth and seventh innings to rally past the Colorado Rockies 17-9. The game was delayed more than three hours at the start because of lightning and rain. Phillip Ervin went 6 for 6 and tied a franchise record. It was the fourth time a Reds player had six hits in a game and the first since Walker Cooper accomplished the feat on July 6, 1949.
_ The Mets beat the Marlins for the first time in five tries as Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of a 4-2 victory. Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) was sharp in winning his fourth consecutive decision, allowing two runs and five hits with nine strikeouts. Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer to right field to give the Mets the early lead.
Cards great Gibson battling cancer
UNDATED (AP) _ St. Louis Cardinals great Bob Gibson is fighting pancreatic cancer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the 83-year-old Hall of Famer was diagnosed with the cancer several weeks ago and revealed the news Saturday to the other living Hall of Famers.
Gibson’s longtime agent told the Post-Dispatch that Gibson has visited The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and has been hospitalized in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, for the past two weeks. The agent said chemotherapy is likely to begin Monday in Omaha.
In other MLB news:
_ The Nationals have put Max Scherzer on the injured list retroactive to July 10 because of a mid-back strain. Scherzer was 7-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last nine starts before the All-Star break.
_ The Red Sox have upgraded their starting rotation by obtaining right-hander Andrew Cashner in a trade with the Orioles. Cashner is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors.
_ Former three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been released by the New York Mets after hitting .235 with one home run and three RBIs in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse.
Busch beats Busch in Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) _ Kurt Busch earned his first win of the season by outracing his younger brother in overtime at Kentucky Speedway.
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch lined up side-by-side on the restart for what was expected to be a race for the victory, but both Erik Jones and Kurt Busch shoved their cars into the mix for an intense final two laps. The Busch brothers touched as they raced for the lead, both cars wiggled, and it appeared Kurt Busch was headed into the wall. But he recovered to squeeze past his brother right before the checkered flag.
Logano had the victory in hand until a spin by Bubba Wallace with six laps remaining sent the race into overtime.
Pagenaud wins Toronto
TORONTO (AP) _ Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN’ PAH’-jeh-noh) will start from the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar race through the streets of Toronto.
Pagenaud has been on a tear around Exhibition Place all weekend as Team Penske Chevrolet paced Saturday morning’s final practice before qualifying. He edged out reigning series champion Scott Dixon for the top starting spot in Sunday’s race.
Bottas denies teammate Hamilton pole for British GP
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has taken the pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, finishing six milliseconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying Saturday.
Behind the Mercedes duo on the grid on Sunday will be Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who qualified in third, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull.
Man charged in shooting of Giants draft pick and teammate
UNDATED (AP) _ Authorities have charged an 18-year-old man in an April shooting that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons.
The Shawnee County district attorney’s office says that Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and other counts in the April 28th attack. Mendez is being held on a $1 million bond.
Authorities say Ballentine and teammate Dwane Simmons were outside of an off-campus party in Topeka hours after the Giants picked Ballentine in the sixth round of the draft when someone opened fire on them from a vehicle. Simmons was killed and Ballentine was shot but has since recovered.
In other NFL news:
_ Dolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell will take a leave of absence to address health issues that he says “require my full attention.” Caldwell was hired in February to be the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. The precise nature of his health issue was not disclosed by Caldwell or the Dolphins.
PGA-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
Tringale, Landry share John Deere Classic lead
SILVIS, Illinois (AP) _ Cameron Tringale and Andrew Landry share the third-round lead at the PGA’s John Deere Classic.
Tringale shot a 6-under 65 and dropped to 16 under as he seeks his first PGA victory. Landry owns a piece of the lead following a 67 that puts him one ahead of Bill Haas and Adam Schenk. Haas tied the best round of the day with a 64.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR-SCOTTISH OPEN
Wiesberger taking 2-shot lead into Scottish Open final round
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger will take a two-shot lead into the last round of the Scottish Open after carding 6-under 65.
At 20 under after three rounds, Wiesberger posted the lowest ever 54-hole total at the European Tour event, and the lowest of his career.
Eric van Rooyen of South Africa shot 67 to drop out of a tie for the lead to second at 18 under at The Renaissance Club.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Parel takes advantage of Goosen’s woes in Senior Players
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Scott Parel took advantage of Retief Goosen’s (reh-TEEF’ GOO’-sehz) problems to take the third-round lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.
Seven strokes behind Goosen at the start of the day, Parel birdied two of the last three holes for 3-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Goosen at Firestone Country Club. Goosen followed his opening rounds of 69 and 62 with a 75.
Kim leads Marathon Classic; Thompson 1 shot back
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Sei Young Kim shot a 5-under 66 in the Marathon Classic to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson into the final round.
Kim had seven birdies and two bogeys to reach 16-under 197 at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Thompson eagled the par-5 18th for a 65.
U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 was third at 12 under after a 69.