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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM


Isner and Azarenka depart Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) and women's second seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) are both out of Wimbledon. Isner retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games while Azarenka withdrew withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta (FLAH'-vee-uh pehn-EHT'-uh) was to begin. She suffered an injury in her first round match.

Steve Darcis, who beat two-time champion Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') in straight sets on Monday in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, has also pulled out because of a right shoulder injury.

In results from yesterday, Serena Williams stretched her winning streak to 32 matches as she seeks her sixth Wimbledon title.

Williams breezed through her opening-round match, downing Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-3. Williams didn't drop a single point on her serve until the start of the second set, when Minella took a 2-0 lead after Williams double-faulted on break point. Williams won the next four games to regain control and broke again to wrap up the match.

Other Day 2 winners in the women's division have been fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-NAYS'-kah rahd-WAHN'-skah), sixth-seed Li Na (lee nah), seventh seed Angelique Kerber, 14th-seed Sam Stosur and Americans Madison Keys and Alison Riske.

No. 10 Maria Kilirenko was the highest seed to lose, falling to Britain's Laura Robson, 6-3, 6-4.

In men's play, the top-seed, Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), won his opening match by disposing of Germany's Florian Mayer, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Djokovic is joined in the second round by fourth seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR'), eight seed Juan Martin Del Potro (POH'-troh) and No. 9 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY').

And a trio of American men has advanced to the second round: Denis Kudla, Bobby Reynolds and James Blake.


Redbirds break out...Davis connects again

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals seem to have rediscovered their offense after scoring just seven runs in a three-game sweep by Texas.

Allen Craig went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Redbirds ripped Houston 13-5. Carlos Beltran and David Freese (freerz) also homered, and Matt Carpenter added a bases-loaded triple while the Redbirds put together a seven-run fourth.

Jake Westbrook carried a no-hitter into the sixth as the Cards improved to a major league-best 48-29, including a 26-13 mark on the road.

Also in the majors, Russell Martin, Brandon Inge (ihnj) and Starling Marte homered in a five-run second that powered Pittsburgh past Seattle 9-4. Marte had three hits and scored three times to back Jeff Locke, who's 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA after allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) drove in four runs and had three of Boston's season-high 20 hits in an 11-4 pounding of Colorado. Jacoby Ellsbury scored three times and was one of four Red Sox starters with three hits.

Chris Davis banged out his major league-leading 28th homer and Baltimore ended a four-game skid by downing Cleveland 6-3. The Orioles trailed 3-1 in the seventh until Davis hit a two-run homer and Alexei Casilla (kah-SEE'-uh) added a three-run blast.

The Los Angeles Angels erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning to beat Detroit 14-8. J.B. Shuck went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in four runs as part of the Angels' 16-hit assault.

The New York Yankees beat Texas 4-3 on Ichiro Suzuki's two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth. Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix also belted solo homers as the Yankees ended the Rangers' five-game winning streak.

Josh Donaldson's two-run homer capped a four-run third that put Oakland ahead 6-0 in a 7-3 triumph against Cincinnati. The Athletics' bullpen tossed shutout ball over the final 4 1/3 innings after Tom Milone was reached for three runs, six hits and four walks.

Jason Heyward hit a two-run double and provided a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning to lift Atlanta past Kansas City 4-3. Kris Medlen gave up three runs in seven innings to improve to 5-7.

Domonic Brown smacked a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Philadelphia's 6-2 win at San Diego. Kyle Kendrick gave up two runs in eight innings for his seventh win.

Adam LaRoche was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer as Washington topped Arizona 7-5. Gio Gonzalez allowed nine hits in 6 1/3 innings but limited the Diamondbacks to a pair of runs in his first victory since May 5.

The Dodgers knocked off San Francisco 6-5 as Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez hit two-run homers for Los Angeles. Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) was the Dodgers' only starting position player without a hit, going 0-for-4 to drop his average to .420.

Matt Moore picked up his 10th win by limiting Toronto to a run and four hits while striking out 11 over six innings of Tampa Bay's 5-1 triumph over the Blue Jays. Yunel (yoo-NEHL') Escobar and James Loney each went 3-for-5 with a run scored as the Rays handed the Blue Jays their second straight loss since a team record-tying 11-game winning streak.

Rickie Weeks homered twice and collected four RBIs as Milwaukee crushed the Chicago Cubs 9-3. Juan Francisco also homered for the Brewers, who have won nine straight and 19 of 21 against the Cubs.

Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight innings but had to settle for a no-decision as the White Sox blew a one-run lead in the ninth before beating the Mets 5-4. Alexei Ramirez hit a walkoff single in the ninth, a half-inning after the White Sox dropped a popup with two outs, allowing New York to extend the game.

Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) hit a solo homer and an RBI double as Miami doubled up Minnesota 4-2. Derek Dietrich also homered for the Marlins.


Hinske's suspension reduced to one game...A-Rod cleared to begin rehab stint

UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has tweeted that his hip surgeon has cleared him to play in rehabilitation games, a move that angered general manager Brian Cashman.

Cashman told ESPN.com that when the Yankees want to announce something, they will. Cashman added that "Alex should just shut...up," placing a profanity in between "shut" and "up."

Rodriguez had left hip surgery on Jan. 16 and has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla.

Arizona Diamondbacks utilityman Eric Hinske (HIHN'-skee) dropped the appeal of his suspension after it was reduced to one game from five. Hinske was punished by Major League Baseball for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago, one of eight members of the two teams to be suspended. Hinske served the suspension during the D-backs' game at Washington on Tuesday.

Arizona also made two roster moves on Tuesday, reinstating second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day disabled list and optioning Joe Paterson to Triple-A Reno. Hill hit .306 the first 10 games of the season before breaking his left hand after being hit by a pitch thrown by Pittsburgh's James McDonald on April 9.

In other major league news,

The Reds have placed second baseman Brandon Phillips on the paternity list and reinstated outfielder Chris Heisey from the 15-day disabled list. Phillips will miss the team's two-game series in Oakland before rejoining the club Friday at Texas.

The Dodgers have activated Matt Kemp, who is batting .251 with two homers and 15 RBIs. The two-time All-Star outfielder missed 24 games because of a right hamstring strain.

The Chicago Cubs have designated former All-Star Carlos Marmol (mahr-MOHL') for assignment, parting ways with the struggling reliever. Marmol was 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season, striking out 32 while walking 21 batters.

The Boston Red Sox have optioned struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket. Middlebrooks has hit .192 in 53 games for Boston this season, missing 16 with a lower back strain.

And the Mets have shipped outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Angels for minor league outfielder Kyle Johnson.


Bruins win first NCAA baseball title

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UCLA has its first-ever national championship in baseball after completing a two-game sweep of Mississippi State.

Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs and Nick Vander Tuig scattered five hits in eight innings as the Bruins hammered the Bulldogs 8-0 at Omaha.

Vander Tuig snuffed out Mississippi State rallies in the fourth, fifth and eight innings to preserve his shutout and fourth win in the NCAA tournament.


Report: Not so new coach for Memphis...Clippers finalize Rivers' deal

UNDATED (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies could be making an in-house hire as they seek a replacement for head coach Lionel Hollins.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the team is negotiating with Dave Joerger (YAY'-gehr), who has spent the last six years as a Grizzlies assistant under Hollins and Marc Iavaroni (eye-vuh-ROH'-nee).

This would be Joerger's first NBA head coaching job.

The Grizzlies declined to renew Hollins' contract earlier this month despite finishing 56-26 and reaching the Western Conference finals.

Keeping Joerger would help the Grizzlies maintain some continuity in the locker room with Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL'), Mike Conley and Zach Randolph.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Clippers have introduced Doc Rivers as the team's new head coach and senior vice president of basketball operations after finalizing his acquisition from the Boston Celtics.

Rivers is likely to be the NBA's highest-paid coach in Los Angeles, with his new deal expected to be similar to the three years and $21 million that remained on his contract with the Celtics. Boston receives a first-round pick for Rivers, who won the 2008 championship and went 416-305 in nine seasons with the Celtics.


Smith will opt out of contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks guard J.R. Smith has informed the team he will decline his contract option for next season and become a free agent.

The NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year is happy in New York and is a longtime teammate of Carmelo Anthony so he would likely want to stay with the right offer. He can make much more than the $2.9 million he was scheduled to earn next season.

Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 regular-season games but shot just 29 percent in his last eight playoff games.

A team spokesman also says the Knicks have extended a qualifying offer to forward Chris Copeland, allowing them to match any free-agent offer he receives.


League says games will be played outside the US

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA says regular-season games will be played next season in London and Mexico City. The San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Mexico City Arena on Dec. 4, and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will meet at The O2 in London next Jan. 16.

The NBA said Tuesday it's the first time regular-season games in two countries outside of the United States and Canada will be played in the same season.


A buyout for a goalie

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out the remainder of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's (IHL'-yuh brihs-GAH'-lahfs) contract, saving the team nearly $6 million under the salary cap for each of the next seven years. Bryzgalov was two seasons into a $51 million, nine-year contract he signed in 2011. Bryzgalov was 52-33-10 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in the regular season for Philadelphia, which failed to make the playoffs this year.


Canucks introduce coach

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have held a news conference to introduce new head coach John Tortorella, who has reached the playoffs eight times and led Tampa Bay to the 2004 Stanley Cup. Tortorella was dismissed by the New York Rangers after reaching the playoffs the last three seasons but failing to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. The 55-year-old Tortorella replaces former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault (vihn-YOH'), who took over for him as the Rangers coach last week.


Labonte's start streak to end Saturday

UNDATED (AP) — Bobby Labonte's (luh-BAHN'-tayz) consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races in a run that began in 1993. Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon's 705 starts.