Quieter, calmer Kyrgios in Wimbledon quarters years later
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Nick Kyrgios has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 7 1/2 years with a five-set victory at Wimbledon over Brandon Nakashima of the United States. Kyrgios repeatedly was visited by a trainer to massage his right shoulder. The unseeded 27-year-old Australian hit 35 aces and pulled out the 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 win at Centre Court after more than three hours. He was much calmer and quieter than during and after his previous match against No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Kyrgios repeatedly argued with the chair umpire in that win and was later fined $4,000 for cursing aloud. He also was docked $10,000 after his first-round match.
Griner sends letter to President Biden pleading for his help
Brittney Griner made an appeal to President Joe Biden in a letter passed on to the White House through her representatives saying she feared she may never return home and asking that he not “forget about me and the other American Detainees.” Griner's agent says the letter was delivered on Monday. The Phoenix Mercury All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist is in the midst of a trial in Russia that began last week after she was arrested on Feb. 17 on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for her Russian team. The trial will resume Thursday.
Wimbledon's all-white clothing bothers some, delights others
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The All England Club's strict guidelines about wearing white clothing are seen by some players as out-of-date rules. Others appreciate the charm and uniqueness. Put Nick Kyrgios in the former camp. He violated the letter of the stipulations by trading in his all-white grass-court shoes for a red-and-white pair of basketball sneakers and swapping out his white hat for a red one after winning at Centre Court to reach the quarterfinals. He wishes the rules would change. He also acknowledged he doesn't expect them to. Before Wimbledon began Kyrgios said the event doesn't care about what looks cool.
Wimbledon updates | Maria reaches 1st GS semifinal at age 34
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Tatjana Maria advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals by beating compatriot Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. It is the 34-year-old German’s first final four at any Grand Slam tournament. Maria will face either third-seeded Ons Jabeur or unseeded Marie Bouzkova for a place in the final. The 103rd-ranked Maria is only the sixth woman in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon semifinals after turning 34. Maria had also come back from a set down to beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the fourth round. Niemeier was broken in the final game after hitting a backhand into net on match point.
Wimbledon appealing fine from women's tour over Russia ban
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The All England Club is appealing a fine levied by the WTA women’s professional tennis tour for banning Russian and Belarusian players from tournaments in Britain because of the war in Ukraine. The Lawn Tennis Association also is expected to appeal a financial penalty imposed by the WTA after no players from Russia or Belarus were allowed to take part in grass-court tuneup events last month at Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham. All England Club CEO Sally Bolton says the club appealed its WTA fine and is “is still waiting to hear from” the ATP men's tour.
Nats' Soto says MRI showed no damage to injured left calf
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto says an MRI on his left calf showed no damage after he left the Washington Nationals game Sunday against the Miami Marlins because of tightness. Soto felt something behind his left knee and in his calf after making a throw in right field in the top of the third inning and exited after running the bases in the fourth. Soto was not in the Nats lineup Monday but pinch-hit in the eighth and drew a walk. The 23-year-old star says he's taking it day by day. Soto had an eight-game hitting streak going into Sunday. The team is in talks to try to sign the face of the franchise to a long-term contract.
De La Cruz homers in 10th, Marlins beat Nationals again
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in the 10th inning to keep the Miami Marlins’ domination of the Washington Nationals going with a 3-2 victory. The Marlins beat the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games this year. They extended their winning streak to five and moved two games back of .500 at nearly the halfway point of the season. It’s the first time De La Cruz had homered in the ninth inning or later in his major league career. Juan Soto pinch-hit and drew a walk a day after leaving the game with left calf tightness.
Arraez gets 3 hits as Twins beat White Sox 6-3 in 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Arraez had three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run 10th inning, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3. Arraez’s leadoff grounder against Joe Kelly drove in pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kirilloff made it 6-2 with a two-run single. The AL Central contenders faced off hours after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. The White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing the game, but it went on as scheduled.
A win on the 4th: USA Basketball pulls away, tops Cuba 87-64
HAVANA (AP) — There were some cheers for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before USA Basketball’s game in Cuba on Independence Day. And then the Americans celebrated the holiday with a big win. Xavier Munford scored 24 points and the U.S. defeated Cuba 87-64 on Monday night to close the first round of qualifying for next year’s Basketball World Cup. The U.S. is now 31-1 all-time against the island nation. Munford was 10 for 12 from the floor for the Americans. Justin Jackson scored 13 points for the Americans. They'll start the second round of World Cup qualifying in late August.
Morgan scores twice and US women down Haiti 3-0
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Morgan scored a pair of first-half goals and the U.S. women’s national team defeated Haiti 3-0 on Monday in the opening match of the CONCACAF W Championship. The tournament determines the region’s four direct berths in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Midge Purce also scored for the United States, which has won the past two World Cups.
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