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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 6:40 pm


Women's No. 2 loses and Men's No. 1 survives fall

LONDON (AP) —Men's top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vihch) overcame a hard fall in the third set to beat Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon.. After the match he said he felt a sharp pain but that nothing is damaged.

Defending champion Andy Murray has moved into the fourth round as well with a straight sets win.

Women's No. 2 Li Na (nah) bowed out with a 7-6, 7-6, loss to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Five-time champ Venus Williams was bounced from London by Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) 5-7, 7-6, 7-5. French Open finalist Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) and former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) won their matches and advanced to the fourth round with the wins.


Hockey's draft starts today

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There doesn't seem to be a clear cut choice for the No. 1 pick in tonight's NHL Draft. Florida holds the top choice and general manager Dale Tallon hasn't tipped his hand as to who he might pick. There has also been a lot of speculation that he might trade the pick.

Following the Panthers are the Sabres, Oilers, Flames and Islanders.


Teams have more to spend

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the NHL Players' Association say the salary cap for the 2014-15 season is going up to $69 million after a year of record revenues.

That's a step up from the $64.3 million upper limit that teams operated on during the just-completed season. As stipulated in the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players, clubs must maintain a minimum payroll of $51 million.


Ducks and Canucks deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In a draft day trade the Anaheim Ducks have acquired center Ryan Kessler from Vancouver in a deal that sends Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa (LOO'-kuh SPEE'-zuh) and the 24th overall pick in the draft to the Canucks. The 29-year old Kessler has spent his entire 10-season career with the Canucks, with six 20-goal seasons.


Rays take opener

UNDATED (AP) —Brandon Guyer had three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run to help Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Orioles only managed three hits in losing to the Rays for only the second time in nine games this season.


O's place Norris on DL

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's Orioles have had to place pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin. The right-hander leaves the team having won his last four starts. He is 7-5 on the season with a 3.62 earned run average.


Woods heads home early

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods return to competitive golf will be much shorter than he planned. Woods struggled to a 4-over 75 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National, leaving him 7-over for the tournament, which will miss the cut.

It's only the 10th time that Woods has failed to make a cut on the PGA Tour.

Woods was making his first start since having back surgery in late March.

Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes, and Oliver Goss share the clubhouse lead at 6-under par.


Langer moves to the front

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bernhard Langer has moved to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Senior Players Championship after a 6-under 64. Langer's 11-under total is two shots better than Doug Garwood and Bill Glasson. Garwood posted a 67 while Garwood matched Langer's 64.

Defending champ Kenny Perry shot the best round of the day with a 63 that got him to within four shots of the lead.


Sharp has lead

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Alena Sharp has posted the score to beat with a 6-under 65 in the opening round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship. The Canadian is one shot in front of Mexico's Alejandra Llaneza. Newly crowned U.S. Open winner Michelle Wie (WEE) is still on the course at 3-under par.


IU to guarantee scholarships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana athletic director Fred Glass says the school plans to immediately begin guaranteeing four-year scholarships to athletes and will agree not to reduce the amount of money students on partial scholarship receive year to year. Previously the amount could be reduced for illness, injury or ability.

The changes are part of a plan announced by the school that Glass calls a "student-athlete bill of rights. He says it will include significant financial support to former athletes who wish to return to finish their degrees and increased health care commitments.


New deal for Randolph

MEMPHIS (AP) — The agent for Memphis forward Zach Randolph says his client has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Raymond Brothers has confirmed with The Associated Press that his client is exercising his $16.5 million option for 2014-15 and has agreed on a two-year extension with $20 million.

Randolph led the team in scoring and rebounding last season with 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.


Washington's Webster may miss start of the season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forward Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards may miss the start of the season after undergoing back surgery. The procedure repaired a herniated disc in his lower back. The operation took place on Thursday.

After signing a four-year contract with the Wizards last summer he averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds a game last season.

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