Nadal battles back on a rainy day at Wimbledon
LONDON (AP) — Rain is playing havoc with today's schedule at Wimbledon everywhere except under the closed roof on Centre Court.
That's where Rafael Nadal has recovered from a slow start with a Kazakhstan player who's never won a match at the All England Club. As he had in his first two matches, Nadal lost the opening set — this time in a tiebreaker. But he broke Mikhail Kukushkin's serve twice in the second set to win 6-1 and has won the third set by the same margin.
Also on Centre Court is French Open winner Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), who scheduled to play American Alison Riske, and Roger Federer who takes on Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.
Rain first delayed the start of play on side courts for nearly two hours. But play only lasted about 15 minutes before rain began falling again and the covers were placed back on, suspending 16 matches and forcing others to be called off for the day.
Sunday is a scheduled off day.
Brazil helps kick off second round
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There is no room for error starting today in second round action at the World Cup. Winners go on to the quarterfinals, losers go home.
Host Brazil is expected to get a challenge from Chile when they meet in the first match of the day. Brazil has never lost to Chile on home soil and hasn't lost to its South American rival in 14 years.
But Chile has lived up to pre-tournament expectations, beating defending champ Spain 2-0 to help reach the second round.
Colombia and Uruguay square off in the second match. Uruguay will be trying to shake off the impact of losing top player Luis Suarez to a ban for biting an opponent.
Suarez told FIFA panel bite was not deliberate
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Luis Suarez's side of the story has emerged.
The Associated Press has seen a copy of FIFA's ruling banning the Uruguay striker from the rest of the West Cup and beyond for biting an opponent, which include the player's defense.
Suarez claimed to FIFA's disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, writing that the two collided causing him to lose his balance and fall on top of the Italian defender. Suarez goes on to say: "At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth."
The seven-man FIFA panel writes that the bite was "deliberate, intentional and without provocation."
Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football.
Keselowski starts from the pole
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Brad Keselowski will lead the pack to the green flag for tonight's Sprint Cup race at Kentucky. He'll be looking for a second win in the race after taking the checkered flag in 2012. Points leader Jeff Gordon starts right behind Keselowski and has some added motivation to win. The Kentucky Speedway is the only track on which Gordon doesn't have a victory.
Two on tap in Philly and at Wrigley
UNDATED (AP) — A couple of doubleheaders featuring the two teams tied for first in the NL East highlight the major league schedule today and tonight.
Atlanta moved into a deadlock with Washington for the top spot yesterday. The Braves try to keep the momentum going with a pair of games in Philadelphia.
The Nationals will also play two at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. In the nightcap, the Cubs will throw Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) who has the sixth best ERA in the National League despite a 2-6 record.
Masahiro Tanaka will be trying to snap the longest losing streak in his major league career when he takes the mound for the Yankees tonight against Boston. The New York rookie is coming off of just his second loss of the season. He'll be making a second attempt at becoming the first 12-game winner in the majors.
Max Scherzer goes for his tenth win of the season when the Tigers continue their series in Houston.
Sonny Gray slips back into the starting rotation for AL West leading Oakland when they play at Miami. He skipped a turn in the rotation because he's already logged a team leading 99 innings in his first full season in the majors. Gray is 7-3.
There's a pretty good pitching match-up set in Los Angeles where the Dodgers host St.Louis. Lance Lynn takes an 8-5 mark to the mound, while the Dodgers go with 9-4 Zach Greinke (GREHN'-kee).
There are 17 games on the major league schedule.
GOLF-QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods is gone for the weekend, but there are plenty golfers left to contend for the title at the Quicken Loans National.
Four of them are tied for the lead heading into today's third round. Rickey Barnes, Marc Leishman, Oliver Goss and Patrick Reed are all at 6-under. Stuart Appleby and Hudson Swafford are a shot back, while 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is only three off the pace.
GOLF-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Langer leads the pack
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bernhard Langer doesn't appear to be one who gets discouraged at the Senior Players Championship. After five top-10 finishes but no wins in the major, Langer takes the lead into round three. The two-time Masters champ is trying to lock up his third major title on the 50-and-over tour. Langer is two shots up on Bill Glasson and Doug Garwood.
Defending champ Kenny Perry is also within striking distance with two rounds to go, four shots off the lead.
Wie lurks off lead
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Canada's Alena Sharp is the leader heading into the second round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship today, but most of the attention will be on Michelle Wie. The newly crowned U.S. Open champ is looking for back-to-back wins and goes into round two trailing by just one shot. Mexico's Alejandra Llandeza is tied with Wie for second.