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Update on the latest in sports:




Harper can reach two milestones with one swing


UNDATED (AP) – Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper has 199 career home runs and 999 hits going into an NL East showdown at first-place Atlanta. Harper hopes to reach 200 homers and 1,000 hits with one swing, even though it would mean just one souvenir instead of two.


Dallas Keuchel makes his third start for the Braves, who lead the second-place Phillies by 5 1/2 games. Aaron Nola goes for Philadelphia.


Also on the big-league schedule:


– The Angels take the field for the first time since yesterday’s death of 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room before the team’s scheduled series opener against the Rangers. Last night’s game was postponed.


– Back from their slugfests in London, where they piled up 29 runs in a two-game sweep of Boston last weekend, the Yankees visit the New York Mets in a Subway Series opener. James Paxton pitches for the AL East leaders against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. The Yankees seek their sixth straight victory and 14th in 15 games. They’ve homered in a major league-record 31 in a row. The Mets snapped a seven-game slide Sunday with a comeback win over Atlanta.


– David Price starts for the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.


– Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks comes off the injured list to start against a Pirates team that racked up a season-high 23 hits Monday night in an 18-5 rout of Chicago. All-Star slugger Josh Bell smashed three homers for Pittsburgh as he tunes up for the Home Run Derby next week in Cleveland. The scuffling Cubs fell out of first place in the NL Central, and are a game behind Milwaukee.


– Chase Anderson starts for the Milwaukee Brewers tonight in Cincinnati against Tanner Roark of the Reds. Anderson is 3-and-2 in 10 starts after opening the season in the bullpen.


– Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin will open a three-game series at home against Miami, opposing righthander Zac Gallen.


– Ross Stripling is slated to pitch a series opener for the Dodgers tonight against Arizona, his second consecutive start against the Diamondbacks.


– Newly-named All-Star Jake Odorizzi, who is 10-and-3 with a 2.73 ERA, the series opener for the Twins at Oakland. Daniel Mengden is on the mound for the A’s.


– Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd will start against righthander Reynaldo Lopez in the opener of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.
– Righthander German Marquez takes the mound for Colorado in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the Houston Astros.
– Tampa Bay has won three in a row heading into tonight’s game against the Orioles at home.


– Jakob Junis starts for Kansas City in the opener of a three-game home series against Cleveland, which beat Junis in his previous start. Trevor Bauer starts for the Indians.


– After a 13-2 battering of the Padres last night, the San Francisco Giants send Tyler Beede to the mound for the second game of their series. San Diego responds with lefty Matt Strahm.


– St. Louis Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at Seattle.




Barty wins Wimbledon opener


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – French Open champion Ash Barty won her first match as the top-ranked woman, beating Saisai Zheng 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round at Wimbledon. Barty overtook Naomi Osaka last week for the top ranking and lived up to the status on No. 1 Court, breaking her Chinese opponent twice in each set.


In other early action today:


– Defending champion Angelique Kerber also advanced, beating Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-3.


– Ninth-seeded Sloane Stephens avoided another first-round exit at Wimbledon, beating former quarterfinalist Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-4 for her first victory at the All England Club since 2016.


– No. 15 Wang Qiang and Barbora Strycova were also among the early winners on Day 2 of the Grand Slam tournament.




Report: Nike pulls flag sneaker after Kaepernick complaint


NEW YORK (AP) – Nike is pulling a flag-themed tennis shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick complained to the shoemaker, according to the Wall Street Journal.


The shoe’s heel has a U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on it, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, the Journal said that Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, told the company he and others found the flag symbol offensive because of its connection to slavery.


The Air Max 1 USA shoe had already been sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, the Journal reports.


Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lashed out at Nike over Twitter, saying that he is asking the state’s Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentives for the company to locate there.



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