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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 3:00 AM

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in Sunday's final.

The hard-fought, 3 hour, 9 minute affair was filled with long, punishing rallies and a final game that may have felt like another 77 years, with Murray squandering three match points before finally putting it away after four deuces.

The last British man to win the Wimbledon title was Fred Perry in 1936.

Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, won his second major title after last year's U.S. Open.

In the women's final, Marion Bartoli won her first major title Saturday, defeating Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4.

Bartoli won six straight games to take the first set and five in a row to seize control in the second. The Frenchwoman lost the 2007 final at the All England Club.

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AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway, accomplishing the feat with a dominating run Saturday night for his fourth win of the season.

The Daytona 500 winner is the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Scott Dixon led a big day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win Sunday at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway.

Dixon was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar's first race at Pocono since 1989.

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) — Three-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged ahead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil.

The German held off the Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for his fourth win of the season. Raikkonen was second and Grosjean third. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth.

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GOLF

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 Sunday to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by two strokes.

The Swede emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner's check. He also gets a spot in next year's Masters and is likely to be the top alternate for the upcoming British Open.

Blixt overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13 under. Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second.

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland won the French Open on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round to capture his ninth European Tour title by four strokes.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star game balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National League's starting lineup.

Right-hander Max Scherzer was one of a major league-best six Tigers chosen for the All-Star game July 16 at Citi Field in New York. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the NL fan vote announced Saturday night. He is one of the Cardinals' five All-Stars, tops in the NL.

Mets young ace Matt Harvey and third baseman David Wright will represent the host team in the 84th All-Star game. Harvey received the most votes among NL pitchers in the player balloting, outpacing the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Manny Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw for a single in his latest bid to return to the big leagues.

The 41-year-old slugger went 1 for 3 in his debut for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday night, three days after joining the Texas Rangers on a minor league contract.

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled and tested his surgically repaired ankle on the basepaths in his second rehabilitation game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

Working his way back from a twice-broken left ankle, Jeter was the designated hitter in rehab game No. 2 and finished 1 for 2 with two walks and a run. He will play shortstop for the RailRiders on Monday night.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to left knee inflammation.

Howard originally was in Saturday's starting lineup but was a late scratch. The three-time All-Star has struggled while playing through the knee injury, batting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs this season.

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CYCLING

BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France (AP) — Left alone with his teammates far behind, Chris Froome held off repeated attacks to retain the Tour de France lead Sunday as the three-week race left the Pyrenees.

Dan Martin of Ireland, a 26-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider, won Stage 9 in a sprint against Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang after they escaped Froome and the other pre-race favorites on the last of five tough climbs along the 105-mile trek from Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre in southwest France.

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PRO BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is engaged to Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright.

Wright confirmed the engagement following Minnesota's 91-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal says the Los Angeles spotlight was too bright for Dwight Howard.

Speaking at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Shaq hammered his former colleague.

"It was expected," Shaq said. "We've all been in LA, and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right, little town. I said it."

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PRO HOCKEY

DALLAS (AP) — Recently acquired Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin says an anti-gay comment that showed up on his Twitter account came from "hackers."

The Stars said in a statement Sunday that they had "addressed the issue directly" with Seguin. The tweet showed up on his account Saturday and was quickly removed.

Seguin posted an apology on Twitter and said he was temporarily shutting down his account because of "repeated attempts by 'hackers' to try to damage my reputation."

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres continued to revamp their defense by reacquiring Henrik Tallinder from the New Jersey Devils for prospect Riley Boychuk on Sunday.

Tallinder spent the last three years with the Devils after spending parts of eight seasons with the Sabres. He entered the NHL as a second-round draft pick of the Sabres in 1997.

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PRO FOOTBALL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of fans traded in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys.

The New England Patriots let fans trade in their No. 81 jerseys for a different one on Saturday and Sunday.

The ex-Patriots tight end has been charged with the murder in the death of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Patriots released Hernandez shortly after he was arrested on June 26.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A man charged as an accessory in the murder case involving former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., was turned over on Friday to Massachusetts officials. Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said Saturday that Wallace will be arraigned at 2 p.m. in Attleboro District Court on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.

In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier last week.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler promoted former player and assistant coach Brandon Miller to fill the vacancy left by coach Brad Stevens, who was hired this week to coach the Boston Celtics.

Athletic director Barry Collier announced Miller's hiring on Saturday.

Miller played at Butler through 2003 as the team built a 77-20 record over a three-year span, earned three conference championships and appeared in three postseason tournaments.

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SOCCER

AMSTERDAM (AP) — AZ Alkmaar says it has agreed to a deal with Sunderland for the transfer of striker Jozy Altidore to the Premier League club, pending the United States player passing a medical test and agreeing to personal terms.

Last season, the 23-year-old Altidore was AZ's top scorer with 23 goals. He has scored 17 times in 60 internationals for the United States.

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YACHTING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The America's Cup challenger trials began with Emirates Team New Zealand sailing alone around the course Sunday to collect the first point of the regatta.

The Kiwis' opponent, Italy's Luna Rossa, boycotted, saying it won't race until an international jury rules on protests regarding rules changes made after Andrew "Bart" Simpson of Artemis Racing was killed in a capsize May 9.

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