Update on the latest sports

July 14, 2017 - 8:30 pm


Federer and Cilic will battle for the title

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer has become the second-oldest player to reach the Wimbledon men's final.

The 35-year-old Federer advanced to the All England Club for the 11th time by downing Tomas Berdych (BUR'-dihk), 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. Federer will be seeking his record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam crown when he takes on Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) in Sunday's final. Cilic defeated American Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) in the other semifinal, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5.

Saturday's women's final will have 10th seed Venus Williams against No. 14 Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN' moo-gah-ROO'-thuh).


Red Sox cut losses, designate Sandoval for assignment

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have designated third baseman Pablo Sandoval for assignment.

The team cut its losses with the one-time San Francisco Giants slugger on Friday after activating him from the disabled list. He had been on an injury rehab assignment for an inner ear infection with Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have 10 days to trade or release him.

Sandoval had won three World Series titles with the Giants before the Red Sox signed him for five years and $95 million before the 2015 season. He has appeared in just 161 games since then, hitting .237 with 14 homers.

In other MLB news:

— The Washington Nationals put right-hander Joe Ross on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained elbow on Friday and revamped their bullpen for a series against the Reds. Ross went 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last four starts before the injury, leaving him 5-3 with a 5.01 earned run average this season. The Nationals also called up relievers Austin Adams and Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned lefty Sammy Solis to the same club.


Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics say they've signed forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million contract.

Hayward joins a Celtics team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season. He was an All-Star last season and averaged 21.9 points.

In other NBA news:

— The Pacers have acquired guard Cory Joseph from the Raptors for the draft rights of forward Emir Preldzic. Joseph averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 25 minutes last season.

— The Knicks have altered their front office by promoting Steve Mills from general manager to president and hiring Scott Perry as GM. Mills takes over the position left vacant by Phil Jackson's departure last month. Perry was the executive vice president of operations for the Sacramento Kings and previously held front-office roles for other organizations.


Palat re-signed by Lightning

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed left winger Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT'), who scored 17 goals and 52 points in 75 games last season.

Palat played all 26 games of the Lightning's run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, scoring eight goals and adding eight assists. Palat's deal is worth $26.5 million over five years.

In other NHL news:

— The Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Erik Gustafsson. The 25-year-old Gustafsson didn't play for Chicago last season after scoring 14 assists in 41 games as a rookie in 2015-16.

— The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent defenseman. Gravel broke through as an NHL regular last season, scoring seven points in 49 games.

— The Hurricanes have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Martin Necas.


Minnesota Vikings suspend WR Michael Floyd for 4 games

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd without pay for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating its substance-abuse policy.

Floyd will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games, but he can't return to the active roster Oct. 2.

The Vikings' have given no details of the violation, but an Arizona judge last month ordered Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests after a traffic stop last year.


Larson takes another pole

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Larson has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Larson turned a lap of 133.324 mph take a pole for the fourth time this season. It was his first significant racing since crew chief Chad Johnston received a three-race suspension and the team was docked 35 points for failing a post-race inspection last weekend.

Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray. Kenseth had a strong run just days after Joe Gibbs Racing announced he wouldn't be driving for the team next year.


Feng is pace-setter at US Women's Open

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Shanshan Feng still tops the leaderboard through two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National in New Jersey.

The 27-year-old Chinese player shot a 2-under 70 and had a 36-hole total of 8-under 136.

Amy Yang remained in second place, although her deficit grew to two shots after a 71.

The round was attended by the U.S. president upon his return from France.


Pavin leads in clubhouse, but Langer No. 1 overall.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Corey Pavin was the clubhouse leader when the second round of the Senior Players Championship was suspended by thunderstorms near Baltimore.

Pavin followed Thursday's 65 with a 4-under 68 that puts him 11-under, two shots ahead of Scott McCarron.

Steve Flesch fell into third place and five shots back after beginning the second round in a tie with Pavin.

Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) was the overall leader when play was halted, sitting at 13 under with two holes to play in Round 2.


Rodgers leads Deere

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Patrick Rodgers is the leader at the midway point of the PGA's John Deere Classic.

Rodgers fired a 7-under 64 to fall to minus-13, two shots ahead of Bryson DeChambeau.

Zach Johnson and first-round co-leader Charles Howell III are three shots back.


Hootie Johnson, former Augusta National chairman, dies

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime Augusta National chairman William "Hootie" Johnson has died at age 86, according to the club.

The South Carolina banker stubbornly stood his ground amid pressure for the club to invite female members in 2002. Johnson stepped down as chairman in 2006 and was succeeded by Billy Payne, who ran the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Johnson was behind significant changes at the Masters, including the lengthening of the course from about 7,000 yards to more than 7,400 yards. But it was his battle with Martha Burk and her National Council of Women's Organizations that left his mark.

Augusta invited its first female members in 2012.


State lawyers: UConn football hire violates nepotism policy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut ethics lawyers say the University of Connecticut violated the state's ban on nepotism by hiring football coach Randy Edsall's son as an assistant coach, adding that Corey Edsall can serve out his contract.

In their draft recommendation to the state advisory board, the lawyers recommend no action be taken against UConn if Corey Edsall's one-year, $95,000 contract to coach the team's tight ends is not renewed.


NCAA committee to place greater emphasis on road wins

UNDATED (AP) — Winning road games will have a greater emphasis than before in the NCAA Tournament selection process. The NCAA Division I men's basketball committee is altering its definition of a "quality win" to highlight the importance of winning on the road.

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