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At wet Wimbledon, Murray, Djokovic near rematch PDF Print E-mail
Written by By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 06:06
LONDON (AP) — As the rain wreaks havoc on the Wimbledon schedule and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
It helped that both got to play Monday on Centre Court, the only spot at the All England Club with a retractable roof.
And with back-to-back, straight-set victories, they moved closer to a semifinal showdown that would be a rematch of the final last year, when Murray beat Djokovic to become the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon.
“Sometimes the scheduling works in your favor. Sometimes the weather works in your favor,” Murray said. “You just have to deal with it.”
He reached the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year by dulling the dangerous serve of 20th-seeded Kevin Anderson and saving a set point in the tiebreaker of a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win. They played under a drizzle for about 15 minutes before the roof was closed early in the second set.
It stayed that way for the top-seeded Djokovic, and the 2011 champion beat No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 11th consecutive time, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Djokovic grimaced once in the final set while clutching the upper left arm he landed on in his prior match, but finished strongly and said afterward he felt fine.
“A lot of matches were canceled, but that’s London, that’s Wimbledon, with its very unpredictable weather,” Djokovic said.
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Pistons not renewing Chauncey Billups’ contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 06:01

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say they won’t pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups’ contract for the 2014-15 season.  
Coach Stan van Gundy says Monday’s announcement was a hard one. He says the 37-year-old guard “will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons’ family.”
Owner Tom Gores says Billups has shown “leadership, dedication and excellence both on and off the court” and says he’s confident Billups will have “a long and bright future” in the league after his playing days are over.
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Davis has game-winning grand slam for Tigers PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 05:49
DETROIT (AP) — For the Detroit Tigers, a walk-off grand slam happens like clockwork. Once every 10 years, it’s time to hit another one.
On the day the franchise honored the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World Series team, Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth, giving the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland A’s.
“I can’t even remember the last time I did that,” said Davis, who had never hit a walk-off homer of any kind in the major leagues. “It must have been in my dreams, while I was sleeping.”
It was Detroit’s first game-ending grand slam in almost exactly a decade. Carlos Pena hit one against Arizona on June 27, 2004. Coincidentally, that was the weekend the Tigers honored the 1984 team’s 20th anniversary.
The last one before Pena’s was also 10 years earlier, as Lou Whitaker, a member of the 1984 champs, hit one against Cleveland on June 21, 1994.
Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (2-2) was given a three-run lead to work with in the ninth, but managed only one out. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila started the inning with singles. Eugenio Suarez struck out, but Doolittle walked Austin Jackson — just the second walk he has issued this season.  Jackson fouled off three straight 2-2 pitches before taking a pair of fastballs inside.
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Reds’ Latos is sharp, but loses to Padres 1-0 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAY PARIS, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 05:50
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mat Latos gave up one run, and the San Diego Padres managed just one hit all night.
It all added up to a 1-0 loss for Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
“Can’t really say I was a tough-luck pitcher,” Latos said. “At least I won’t say it.”
Everth Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored the game’s only run, as the Padres topped Cincinnati despite getting one hit. Tommy Medica’s single in the second was the only hit for the Padres, who got solid pitching behind rookie Jesse Hahn (4-1) and four relievers to end Cincinnati’s season-high five-game winning streak.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in as many chances for the Padres, who won for the second time this season after getting just one hit. They defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 on June 4, with Cabrera’s bunt single being the lone hit
Latos (1-1) allowed one run, a hit and a walk over seven innings in absorbing the loss against his former team. He struck out four.
“My job is to put up zeroes and try to win a ballgame and I made one mistake,” Latos said. “I walked the leadoff hitter and it came back to bite me in the butt. So that’s on me.”
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Indians’ Kluber loses 1-0 to Dodgers’ Haren PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE RESNICK, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 05:48
LOS ANGELES — For the third straight game, the Cleveland Indians were involved in a one-hit shutout. And for the second day in a row, they were on the short end.
Michael Bourn was awarded a single in the third inning after umpire Adrian Johnson’s original call was reversed on a replay challenge by manager Terry Francona. That was all the Indians could get against Dan Haren in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Cleveland was unsuccessful against Haren (8-4) after Seattle’s Felix Hernandez stymied them through eight innings on Sunday.
“I would have liked to be on the winning side of all three,” said Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, whose single in the fifth inning against Hernandez was the Indians’ only hit following Josh Tomlin’s complete-game 5-0 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
“You’ve got to give the pitchers credit. That doesn’t happen a lot,” Chisenhall added. “We usually work counts, get deep into counts, get hits and put pressure on guys. But we haven’t done that two days in a row.”
Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas made a diving stop of Bourn’s smash behind second base and got the out call from Johnson before Francona strolled out of the dugout. Bourn then stole second, giving the Indians two men in scoring position. But Asdrubal Cabrera looked at a third strike.
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