BC-AP Sports Digest

BC-AP Sports Digest,1495

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WIMBLEDON, England — Lashing a tournament-record 24 aces at up to 120 mph, and doing plenty of other things well, four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams overpowers Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (6) to reach her seventh final at the All England Club. Williams will meet Agnieszka Radwanska for the title. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Sent.

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— TEN--Wimbledon-Men. By Chris Lehourites. Sent.

— TEN--Wimbledon-Radwanska. By Mattias Karen. Sent.

— TEN--Wimbledon Glance.



It's time for the International Olympic Committee to show a little courage: If Saudi Arabia won't allow women to compete in London, the whole team should stay home. The IOC should treat countries that deny women basic human rights the same way it once did countries such as South Africa that kept black athletes from competing. By National Writer Paul Newberry.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica, an island that covers less territory than Connecticut and has about as many people as Utah, travels to the Olympics and turns the soundtrack into a continuous loop of its national anthem, "Jamaica, Land We Love." Sure, Usain Bolt is part of that. But not the only part. By National Writer Eddie Pells. Sent. For release at any time.

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— LONDON — OLY--ATH-Bolt-Monaco. Usain Bolt withdraws from final race before Olympics with what his coach calls a "slight" injury problem. By Gerald Imray. Sent.


LAS VEGAS — The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team planned to arrive at training camp with its 12-man squad set and concentrating on London. Instead, the roster has been wrecked by injuries. When practice opens Friday, the priority will be determining who gets the final couple of spots available. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Sent.

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— OLY--VOL-US Men-Roster. Olympic gold medalists Clay Stanley, Reid Priddy chosen for the U.S. men's volleyball roster. By Anne M. Peterson. Sent.

— PARIS — OLY--BKO-France Team-Parker. Spurs' Tony Parker on French Olympic team but status uncertain because of eye injury. Sent.

— LONDON — Britain-Terrorism Arrests. British anti-terror raids net six arrests; police say operation isn't Olympics-related. By Raphael Satter. Sent.



ROUEN, France — Lance Armstrong accuses the U.S Anti-Doping Agency's chief executive of waging a "vendetta" against him following reports five former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion. By Samuel Petrequin. Sent.

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NEW ORLEANS — NFL players' union files lawsuit against league on behalf of three players suspended in connection with bounty investigation. The union accuses Commissioner Roger Goodell of saying the players took part in the bounty system before serving as arbitrator at their hearing. By Brett Martel. Sent.

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SAINT-QUENTIN, France — Andre Greipel of Germany wins the fifth stage of the Tour de France — his second straight — while Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland keeps the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day. By Jamey Keaten. Sent.

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— CYC--Tour de France-Farrar. U.S. sprinter Tyler Farrar is pulled off rider he blames for causing crash. By Greg Keller. Sent.


ZURICH — Soccer finally embraced goal-line technology. It will introduce the format at the Club World Cup in Japan in December, with plans to use it in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup. Also approved are headscarves for Muslim female players. By Graham Dunbar.

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KOHLER, Wis. — Yani Tseng, trying to become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam, begins play in the U.S. Women's Open. After winning three times on the LPGA Tour this year, Tseng is struggling going into the first round on a course that should provide a tough test for top women's players. By Chris Jenkins.

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— GLF--US Women's Open-Notebook.


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Tiger Woods, bidding for his fourth victory of the season, struggles with his putting a shoots a 1-over 71 in the first round of the Greenbrier Classic, his final tuneup before the British Open. Vijay Singh's 63 is the best score among early finishers. By John Raby.

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— SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — GLF--European Tour. Sweden's Christian Nilsson leads by a stroke after first round of French Open. Sent.

— MEXICO CITY — GLF--Ochoa Return. Ex-No. 1 Lorena Ochoa making limited return to golf; will play in France, Mexico this year. Sent.



NEW YORK — Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey goes for his 11th straight win when the Mets face a last-place Phillies team that has lost seven of 10. Dickey, who leads the majors with 12 victories, faces left-hander Cole Hamels. By Rick Freeman. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox go for a three-game sweep of the Rangers, who have the best record in the majors. Matt Harrison pitches for Texas on a sweltering day and Jose Quintana starts for Chicago. By Rick Gano. Game started 2:10 p.m.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ron Washington and Tony La Russa have been fidgeting with potential lineups for next week's All-Star game. Of course, La Russa has had more time on his hands. After managing the Cardinals to the championship last season, La Russa shuffled off into retirement. By Dave Skretta. Sent.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR President Mike Helton is not putting much thought into track promoter Bruton Smith's call for mandatory cautions to spice up racing. Helton believes NASCAR fans do not want artificial racing. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer.

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— CAR--NASCAR-Hamlin-Sore Back. By Mark Long. Sent.


TORONTO — A year ago, IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay left Toronto hoping a third-place finish would kick-start what had been a disappointing season. Little did he realize how long that surge would last. He's coming off back-to-back victories entering Sunday's race. By John Wawrow.

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— SILVERSTONE, England — CAR--F1-British GP. Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel won't take risks in British GP. By Rob Harris. Sent.



MINNEAPOLIS — A day later, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold was still speaking with the euphoria generated from an unprecedented free-agent score. On Monday, he thought he would miss out on both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. By Wednesday, he was shelling out $196 million to land the top two free-agent prizes. By Jon Krawczynski.


NEWARK, N.J. — Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has watched free agents come and go, mostly the latter. The loss of captain Zach Parise is the latest. But Lamoriello, with three Stanley Cups on his resume, usually finds help in such situations. Now, with the team facing financial woes, the question is if he can do it again. Sent.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Reddick learned how to play baseball from a father without hands, was cut by his middle school team — twice — and discarded by the Red Sox. The self-described Georgia country boy is enjoying a break-out system with the Oakland Athletics and is one of the AL's top home run hitters. By Antonio Gonzalez.

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— PHOENIX — BKN--Busy Suns. Suns begin roster makeover with Steve Nash gone. By Bob Baum. Sent.

— ORLANDO, Fla. — BKN--Magic-Nelson. Magic, Jameer Nelson reach preliminary agreement. By Kyle Hightower. Sent.

— CLEVELAND — Obit-Jimmy Bivins. Jimmy Bivins, a heavyweight in 1940s and 1950s who defeated some boxing's greats, dies at 92. Sent.

— PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Schilling's Game Company. Documents show Curt Schilling's video game company dragged its feet as state auditors tried to gain access to records. By Erika Niedowski.

— CAIRO — Egypt-Soccer Returns. Egypt's soccer league to resume in August after seven-month suspension following deadly stadium riot. Sent.

— BBA--AL Capsules.

— BBN--NL Capsules.

— BKL--WNBA Capsules.

— GLF--Golf Capsules.

Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)

American League

Minnesota at Detroit, 1:05 p.m.

Texas at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Baltimore at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

National League

Miami at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

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

Colorado at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Cincinnati at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.


Minnesota at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.

San Antonio at Indiana, 7 p.m.