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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:38 pm


Murray bounced from Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray, the defending champion at Wimbledon, has been knocked out in the quarterfinals by 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov (GREE'-gohr DIHM'-ih-trov) of Bulgaria, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. His previous best finish at Wimbledon was the second round in 2011, 12 and 13.

Dimitrov broke Murray five times, including in the final game, to become the first Bulgarian man to advance to the final four of a major. It was his first victory over a top 10 player at a Grand Slam.

Up next for Dimitroe is Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), who reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, coming back to beat 26th-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. The top-seeded Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-up at the All England Club, has reached at least the semifinals at 16 of his past 17 Grand Slam tournaments. Lifetime he is 10-0 against Cilic, who was in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.

Seven-time former champ Roger Federer has reached the semifinals. He disposed of Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. Federer's first set loss was the first he dropped in this tournament. Federer, who lost in the second round last year, will play Canadian Milos Raonic in the semis. He advanced by beating Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios (KEER'-ee-ohs). He's the young man who beat Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') in the fourth round.

The women's semifinals are set at Wimbledon. Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) and Eugenie Bouchard advanced with straight set wins and join Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) and Lucie Safarova in the final four. Halep qualified with a 6-4, 6-0 win in 57 minutes over Sabine Lisicki while Bouchard disposed of Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4. Halep and Bouchard will square off in one of the semis with Kvitova and Safarova in the other.


Afternoon play

UNDATED (AP) — In a game featuring two divisional leaders the Blue Jays scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Brewers 7-4. Milwaukee led 4-1 after 2 1/2 innings before the Rays came back. Juan Encarnacion (wahn en-kar-nah-see-OHN') won the game with a three-run blast in the home half of the ninth.

The Royals blanked the Twins in Minneapolis as starter and winner Jason Vargas went seven innings allowing four hits and strikeout five.

And in a game featuring the top teams in the American League Central and West, the Tigers came out on top of the visiting Athletics 9-3. Justin Verlander went six innings to even his record at 7-7. The Tigers took all three games of the series.

In San Francisco this evening, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals is going for his 11th win of the season. If he gets it, he would join Rick Porcello of the Tigers and Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) of the Yankees as baseball's only 11-game winners.


Mauer heads to DL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) has gone on the 15-day disabled list after hurting his side in Tuesday night's game against the Royals. He apparently suffered the injury when he doubled in the fourth inning, a hit that ran his hitting streak to 12 games. Over his last 19 games he is hitting .390 with 13 runs batted in.


Bills suffer a blow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills has torn a ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss the entire season. That's a real blow for the Bills' defense as Alonso was an NFL defensive rookie of the year contender last season after being drafted in the second round out of Oregon. He led Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.


Kidd joins Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Kidd has been introduced as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. He joins the club after coaching the Nets to 44 wins last season in his rookie campaign. In the off season, Kidd told the Nets he wanted more authority and after being told no was traded to the Bucks. Milwaukee finished with a league worst 15-67 record last season with Larry Drew as coach. He was fired shortly before the team announced the hiring of Kidd.


Magic ink picks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have signed their first round picks from last week's NBA draft, No. 4 Aaron Gordon and 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton. Gordon was the Pac-12 freshman of the year last season at Arizona while Payton, a guard, is out of Louisiana-Lafayette.


Break from play

UNDATED (AP) — The World Cup has reached the quarterfinal stage of play. The first matches will be on Friday when France faces Germany and Brazil goes up against Colombia.

If you somehow missed it on Tuesday, the U.S. was eliminated from play with a loss to Belgium.

In case you were wondering when the World Cup will end, the title match will be Sunday, July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

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