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Serena Williams reaches 11th Wimbledon final; Halep reaches her first


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams will play in the Wimbledon final for the 11th time and will be looking for her eighth title at the All England Club.


The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat Barbora Strycova (STREET’-soh-vah) 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals Thursday. Williams converted four of her five break points, while Strycova failed on all three of her chances.


Williams needs one more major title to equal the all-time record of 24 set by Margaret Court.


The 11th-seeded American, who lost in last year’s final, will face Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) in Saturday’s championship match. The seventh-seeded Romanian advanced to her first Wimbledon final by beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.




Wife: Ex-Red Sox slugger Ortiz recovering from 3rd surgery


BOSTON (AP) – Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound.


Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, says in a statement Thursday that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.” He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic last month. Dominican police have said he was mistaken for another man who was sitting near him at the club.


Police say a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting.


Police say they’ve arrested 14 people in the case, including the suspected gunman, and are searching for others.




Russian deputy PM Mutko wins Olympic doping appeal


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia’s Sports Minister during the doping-tainted Winter Olympics in Sochi, has won an appeal against his lifetime ban from the games.


The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled the International Olympic Committee didn’t have the power to sanction Mutko in 2017 because he wasn’t an athlete, coach or officially part of an Olympic delegation.


However, the CAS ruling doesn’t force the IOC to invite Mutko to any future Olympics.


CAS also has not ruled on whether the widespread doping in Russian sport was state-backed, or whether Mutko was responsible for it.


Mutko is now Russia’s deputy prime minister for construction.




Russian track coach admits to breaking doping ban


MOSCOW (AP) – A top Russian track coach has admitted breaking his life ban for doping offenses.


Vladimir Kazarin, who once coached Olympic gold medalist Maria Savinova and the athlete-turned-whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, tells Russian state broadcaster Match TV that accusations he continued working with athletes after he was banned in 2017 are true.


Kazarin says he grew a beard in a failed bid to avoid detection. However, he was found at a training camp in Kyrgyzstan by staff from the Russian anti-doping agency, which says it identified seven athletes including Artyom Denmukhametov, a former world championship competitor.


Kazarin says he was warned to stop coaching but carried on because he felt let down by Russian athletics officials and “I’d spent my whole life working in athletics.”




Boxing champ Lebedev retires after fights fall through


MOSCOW (AP) – Former world cruiserweight boxing champion Denis Lebedev has retired at age 39 after a lengthy and colorful career.


Lebedev won the interim WBA cruiserweight title in 2011 against James Toney, and successfully defended it eight times to 2017. He also held the IBF belt in 2016, winning it from Victor Emilio Ramirez before losing it to fellow Russian Murad Gassiev seven months later.


Known for entering the ring in Russian paratrooper uniform, Lebedev finishes with a 32-2 win-loss record, 23 by knockout. His defeat to Guillermo Jones in 2013 was later changed to a no-contest when the Panamanian failed a drug test.



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