BC-AP Sports Digest

BC-AP Sports Digest,1601

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WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer still has Wimbledon, and Wimbledon still has Federer. After early exits the past two years, part of a 2½-year Grand Slam title drought, Federer beat Novak Djokovic to reach his eighth final at the All England Club. His opponent Sunday is Andy Murray, the first British man in a Wimbledon final in 74 years. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich.

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WIMBLEDON, England — More than once these past two weeks, Serena Williams has won an important point and clenched her fist. The ferocity of the gesture is understandable, given her health scares the past couple of years. She goes for a fifth Wimbledon title and 14th Grand Slam trophy Saturday against first-time major finalist Agnieszka Radwanska. By Steven Wine. Sent.

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— With:

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

— TEN--Wimbledon-Radwanska. Sent.

— TEN--Wimbledon-Doubles. Sent.

— TEN--Wimbledon Glance.



LAS VEGAS — LeBron James and Kevin Durant can take it somewhat easy, having already proved themselves to USA Basketball and with their seasons ending just two weeks earlier. Not so for the players who have only two days to show they should be on the Olympic team. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney

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This time, both Raileys will be sailing for the U.S. at the Olymics. Zach Railey won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in the Finn class. Younger sister Paige didn't get that far. She flipped her boat in the trials and lost to Anna Tunnicliffe, who went on to win the gold medal in the Laser Radial class. By Bernie Wilson.

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— Also:

— PARIS — OLY--BKO-France Team-Parker. Spurs' Tony Parker cleared to play for France at Olympics after recovering from eye injury. Sent.

— MADRID — OLY--SOC-Spain. Spain looks to follow Euro 2012 triumph with Olympic gold. By Paul Logothetitis. Sent.

— CALGARY, Alberta — OLY--EQU-Millar-10th Olympics. Canadian equestrian Ian Millar will be appearing ina record 10th Olympics in London. Sent.

— LONDON — OLY--WRE-Doping-Dykun. Miroslav Dykun, one of Britain's top wrestlers, banned two years for doping. Sent.

— BRISBANE, Australia — OLY--ARC-Stalking Controversy. Judge dismisses restraining order of Olympic archer's father after ruling against stalking. By Dennis Passa. Sent.

— LONDON — OLY--London 2012-Opening Ceremony. Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance out of Olympics opening ceremony after stepdaughter's death. Sent.

— LONDON — OLY--RAC-Dettori-Olympic Torch. Jockey Frankie Dettori to return to Ascot to carry Olympic torch. Sent.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case is near an end, the findings expected within weeks. That would enable the university to confront the next difficult chapter in the scandal well ahead of the new academic year. By Genaro C. Armas. Sent.


PITTSBURGH — The first-place Pirates go for a season-high fifth straight victory when they face against a San Francisco Giants team that is 1½ games off the lead in the NL West. At 46-36, the Pirates have their best record through 82 games since 1992. By Will Graves. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

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BOSTON — The Yankees, with the best record in baseball, open a four-game series with the Red Sox. Boston is 7½ games behind New York in the AL East. Hiroki Kuroda of New York faces Josh Beckett of Boston. By Jimmy Golen. Game starts 7:10 p.m.

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METZ, France — Peter Sagan of Slovakia edges Andre Greipel of Germany in a sprint finish to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland keeps the yellow jersey for a seventh day after the 129-mile ride through the Champagne region. By Jamey Keaten. Sent.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR chairman Brian France is taking a hard look at the state of racing, and has assigned people to work with teams to see how the product can be improved. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer.

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— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-Daytona. Qualifying for Saturday night's race. By Jenna Fryer. Competition starts 4:30 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-Daytona-Roush. By Mark Long.

— CAR--NASCAR-Daytona-Nationwide. By Mark Long. Race starts 7:30 p.m.


TORONTO — For all the bad blood, hot tempers and post-race gesturing the IndyCar season has already delivered, the drivers can at least agree on one thing: The drama's not going to cool down in Toronto this weekend on a narrow, twisting road course that has a reputation for wrecks. By John Wawrow.

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— With:

— CAR--IndyCar-Toronto-Pit Collision. Two members of Sebastien Bourdais' crew hospitalized after pit collision during practice. Sent.

— SILVERSTONE, England — CAR--F1-British GP. Lewis Hamilton sets pace in rainy practice at British GP. By Rob Harris. Sent.



KOHLER, Wis. — Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas are in front going into the second round of the U.S. Women's Open at demanding Blackwolf Run. Lexi Thompson, 17, is among three players a stroke behind. By Chris Jenkins.

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Vijay Singh, coming off a 63 that was his best round in six months, takes a one-stroke lead over three others into the second round of the Greenbrier Classic. Tiger Woods, playing the tournament for the first time, and Phil Mickelson are eight shots back. By John Raby.

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— Also:

— PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — GLF--Champions Tour. Opening round of First Tee Open on Champions Tour, the final tournament before next week's U.S. Senior Open .

— SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — GLF--French Open. Sweden's Christian Nilsson leads by a stroke entering second round of French Open.



NEW YORK — At 37, years after most careers have peaked, R.A. Dickey is finally reaching his pinnacle. With a dominant first half in which he pitched consecutive one-hitters, Dickey made to his first All-Star game and might even start if manager Tony La Russa can figure out which catcher can best handle the dipsy-doodling pitch. By Howie Rumberg. Sent.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Negro Leagues Museum was close to shutting its doors not long ago. But a place that celebrates one of the most under-appreciated moments in baseball history is experiencing a resurgence, and that should only be helped by the city hosting the All-Star game. By Dave Skretta.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers lost out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and flat-out lost Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle. They traded one of their former cornerstones and brought back a journeyman goalie. It's not been a big summer for a team used to making a big splash. By Dan Gelston.

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Ryan Dungey appears well on his way to a second championship in three years on the outdoor motocross circuit. The only drawback is that most of the other top riders have gone down with injuries. Dungey hasn't dwelled on it, knowing that staying healthy is just as important as riding fast. By John Marshall.


LAS VEGAS — The legends of Amarillo Slim, Benny Binion and Gentleman Jack will be in the air, and several recent champions will be in the seats when play begins in the marquee Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker. Play starts Saturday, with a prize pool expected to top $60 million. By Ken Ritter.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The ball has been sitting in Elizabeth Gott's drawer for years, but now she's hoping it will pay off her son's medical school debt. The ball was hit for a home run by Lou Gehrig during the 1928 World Series and could fetch $100,000 to $200,000 at auction. By John Christoffersen. Sent.

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— BKN--Knicks-Kidd. Knicks view Jason Kidd as a teammate of Jeremy Lin, not a replacement. By Brian Mahoney. Sent.

— PHILADELPHIA — BKN--76ers-Brand Amnesty. 76ers use amnesty clause on Elton Brand, getting about $18 million in salary cap relief. By Dan Gelston. Sent.

— SAINT-DENIS, France — Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin take on European champion Christophe Lemaitre in the 100 meters in the Areva meet. By Jerome Pugmire.

— LOS ANGELES — FBO--Former Raider-Murder Charges. Ex-Raider Anthony Wayne Smith faces three new murder charges. Sent.

— TURIN, Italy — SKI--Doping-Austria. Austrian ski federation president, biathlon chief cleared in 2006 blood-doping scandal. Sent.

— BBA--AL Capsules.

— BBN--NL Capsules.

— BKL--WNBA Capsules.

— GLF--Golf Capsules.

Friday's Time Schedule (EDT)

American League

Kansas City at Detroit, 7:05 p.m.

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

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

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

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.

National League

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

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

Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m.

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

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

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


San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

New York at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.