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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 6:38 pm


Cubs keep winning

UNDATED (AP) — Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game in the Chicago Cubs' 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals. The Cubs got a solid outing from Jason Hammel, who gave up two runs in six-plus innings and improves to 8-5. The Cubs sprayed 14 hits in their fourth consecutive victory.

Jayson Werth homered in his second straight game and added a double for the Nationals, who had won five in a row.

In other major league action;

— Brian Roberts pounded out four extra-base hits in the Yankees 6-5 win over Minnesota. Robert's first inning double drove in the first run of the game. He added two more doubles and a triple. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a pair for New York.

Baltimore's game at Boston was postponed due to weather. Those clubs will play two on Saturday.


Sabathia update

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The New York Yankees are no longer expecting the return of CC Sabathia to their rotation this year. Manager Joe Girardi says it's "about fair to say" that Sabathia's season is over. The six-time All-Star left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. After making his second rehab start Wednesday, Sabathia experienced swelling the next morning.

The 33-year-old is in his sixth season with the Yankees, and his ERA reached 5.28 in mid-May when he was placed on the disabled list.


Men's final set

LONDON (AP) — It will be top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and fourth-seeded Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon. Djokovic beat 11th-seed Grigor Dimitrov (GREE'-gohr DIHM'-ih-trov) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, while Federer had an easier time with Milos Raonic (ROW'-nihch) of Canada, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The women's final is set for Saturday with Canada's Eugenie Bouchard (boo-SHARD') taking on Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh).


Gilliland grabs pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — David Gilliland has won the pole for the Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway after rain shortened qualifying.

Gilliland's top speed was 199.322 mph. The top 24 drivers in the first knockout stage were supposed to advance to the next round, but rain prompted NASCAR to cancel the final two sessions.

Reed Sorenson qualified second, followed by Landon Cassill, Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson.


Brazil, Germany wins

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Soccer powers Brazil and Germany are through to the semifinals at the World Cup and will meet in the next round. The host Brazil hung on to edge Columbia 2-1 to make it to the semifinals for the first time in 12 years.

Germany has reached the semifinals for a fourth straight World Cup by beating France 1-0.


Hurley tops leaderboard

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Billy Hurley shot a 7-under 63 to grab the clubhouse lead late in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic. Hurley's bogey free round left him at 9-under-par. Kevin Chappell and Chris Stroud were next in the clubhouse at 8-under-par.


Hawks land Sefolosha

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta has reached an agreement with forward Thabo Sefolosha on a three-year, $12 million deal a person with knowledge of the deal has told the Associated Press. The contract that leaves the team sufficient salary cap room for additional offseason moves.

The 6-foot-7 Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points as a starter in 61 games last season for Oklahoma City.


Kaman's deal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Free agent center Chris Kaman has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the agreement, which cannot be formally announced until new contracts are finalized next Thursday. The deal, worth a reported $9.8 million, was first reported Thursday night by Yahoo! Sports.

The 7-foot center has averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over an 11-year NBA career.


Ginobili hurt

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs say Manu Ginobili has a stress fracture of the lower fibula of his right leg.

The injury could knock the key reserve for the NBA champion Spurs out of the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, where he was scheduled to play for Argentina. Ginobili wrote Tuesday on his Facebook page that his availability will depend on how he feels in about three weeks, but that he remains optimistic.


Legwand lands in Ottawa

OTTAWA (AP) — Ottawa has signed center David Legwand to a two-year, $6 million contract. He had 51 points in 83 games last season with Detroit and Nashville.


New deal for Summitt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt will remain the Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus next season and can continue holding the position as long as she wants it. That's according to a new contract signed in May and obtained Thursday night through a public records request. It states that Summitt will have the title head coach emeritus "in perpetuity, or until she chooses to relinquish it."

Summitt has served as head coach emeritus since ending her 38-season tenure as the Lady Vols' coach in April 2012. That came one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

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