Tuesday, July 7
Djokovic completes comeback
LONDON (AP) — Top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has moved into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, completing a 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 comeback win over Kevin Anderson. The match was suspended at two sets all by darkness yesterday and the two had to endure a brief delay of the restart today due to rain.
Djokovic pulled out the final set to earn a date with reigning U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) in the next round.
Women's quarterfinal action dominates the spotlight.
Top-seed Serena Williams has a short turn-around after beating sister Venus yesterday, taking on Victoria Azarenka in an effort to win the first three grand slam events of the year.
Williams has a 16-3 career advantage against Azarenka, including a 9-0 record in Grand Slam matches.
Former champ Maria Sharapova it taking on CoCo Vandeweghe (KEE'-kee VAN'-duh-way) who is in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time. The same goes for fellow American Madison Keys who serves it up against Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-NYESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh), the Wimbledon runner-up three years ago.
Scherzer vs. Cueto
UNDATED (AP) — An All-Star wannabe and a player who has already made it, make up the pitching match-up when Washington continues its home series against Cincinnati.
Max Scherzer goes for the Nationals a day after being named to the National League squad. He's 9-6 with a 1.82 ERA for the NL East leaders. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA in his last four starts, including a no-hitter June 20 against Pittsburgh.
Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) gets the start for the Reds a day after being selected as one of the five players on the fan ballot for the final position on the NL roster. Voting closes Friday.
The Rays and Royals are set for a day-night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium, a day after their game was postponed as tornado sirens blared across the Kansas City metro area. Matt Moore will pitch the opener for Tampa Bay in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Athletics ace Sonny Gray starts at Yankee Stadium. It'll be his first appearance since June 25, shortly before he was hospitalized for salmonella. Gray is 9-2 with an AL best 2.09 ERA.
Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo (gy-AR'-doh) takes a scoreless string of 29 1-3 innings into his start against the visiting Diamondbacks. He has the longest shutout streak in the majors this year.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Tour heads to France
HUY, Belgium (AP) — Britain's Chris Froome is nursing a slim lead heading into today's fourth stage of the Tour de France. He has a one-second advantage over Germany's Tony Martin. American rider Tejay Van Garderen is 13 seconds behind. The Tour finally enters France with 139-mile ride from Seraing, Belgium, to Cambrai. It's the longest stage of the race.