Update on the latest in sports:
Djokovic reaches Wimbledon final for 6th time
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reached the Wimbledon final for the sixth time.
The defending champion came through a tough match against Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOT’) on Centre Court 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Djokovic is a four-time champion at the All England Club and will play either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on Sunday for another title.
Federer and Nadal play next on Centre Court.
Djokovic was broken once in the second set, allowing Bautista Agut to even the score. But the top-seeded Serb saved two break chances in the third set and won easily in the fourth, though he needed five match points in the final game to close it out.
With the victory, Djokovic has reached his 25th Grand Slam final. He won 15 of the previous 24.
In the Wimbledon final, Djokovic is 4-1. His only loss was against Andy Murray in 2013.
Baseball is back after the All-Star break
UNDATED (AP) – It’s Sonny Gray vs Jon Gray today in Denver. Sonny will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds in his first visit to Coors Field and the first time facing Colorado. Jon is in for the Rockies as both teams return from the All-Star break. Selected as an NL All-Star, Sonny didn’t get into the game Tuesday as the AL beat the NL 4-3. The right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts this season. Jon is 9-6 with a 3.92 ERA spanning 19 appearances, including 18 starts.
Elsewhere around the majors Friday:
– The Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves yesterday. St. Louis also brought up left-hander Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Memphis, optioned left-hander Tyler Webb and outfielder Rangel Ravelo to Memphis, and transferred pitcher Jordan Hicks to the 60-day IL update ahead of their series against Arizona beginning tonight.
– Astros All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole has won his last five decisions and leads the American League with 170 strikeouts. But he is 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts this year against Texas, Houston’s opponent tonight. Cole will face Jesse Chavez, who makes his fourth start since moving from the Rangers bullpen to their rotation. This will be Chavez’s 38th appearance overall this season.
– Chicago and Pittsburgh meet to begin a three-game series. The Pirates will start Chris Archer and the Cubs are expected to counter with Yu Darvish. The Cubs are 15-16 against AL Central teams, the Pirates have gone 18-18 in the division.
– Washington looks to follow up a dominant performance by Sunday starter Patrick Corbin. The Nationals will start Stephen Strasburg and the Phillies are expected to counter with Nick Pivetta. The Phillies are 24-22 against AL East opponents, the Nationals have gone 25-17 in the division.
– The Rays will start Yonny Chirinos today while the Orioles are expected to counter with Dylan Bundy. The Orioles are 13-26 against AL East teams, the Rays have gone 19-17 in the division.
– The Blue Jays will start Aaron Sanchez while the Yankees are expected to counter with Domingo German. The Yankees are 29-9 against AL East clubs, the Blue Jays have gone 12-21 in the division.
– The Dodgers will start Kenta Maeda while the Red Sox are expected to counter with Eduardo Rodriguez. Los Angeles enters the game in first place in the NL West with a record of 60-32, leading the second place Diamondbacks by 13.5 games.
– Cleveland looks to follow up a dominant performance by their Sunday starter Trevor Bauer. The Twins will start Kyle Gibson today and the Indians are expected to counter with Mike Clevinger. The Indians are 21-15 against AL Central clubs, the Twins have gone 19-11 in the division.
– Miami hosts New York to begin a three-game series. The Mets will start Jason Vargas on Friday and the Marlins are expected to counter with Caleb Smith. The Marlins are 15-31 against AL East teams, the Mets have gone 21-23 in the division.
– San Francisco looks to follow up a dominant outing by their Sunday starter Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR’-juh). The Giants will start Shaun Anderson tonight and the Brewers are expected to counter with Chase Anderson. The Brewers are 27-18 at home, the Giants have gone 21-22 on the road.
– Kansas City looks to follow up a strong showing by Sunday’s starter Jakob Junis. The Royals will roll out Danny Duffy tonight. The Tigers have yet to name a starter for the game. The Royals are 14-25 against AL Central clubs, the Tigers have gone 13-22 in the division.
– The White Sox will start Ivan Nova tonight while the Athletics are expected to counter with Mike Fiers (FY’-urz). The Athletics are 26-20 at home, the White Sox have gone 17-24 on the road.
– Atlanta looks to follow up a strong showing by Sunday’s starter Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul). The Braves will start Dallas Keuchel tonight while the Padres are expected to counter with Dinelson Lamet. Atlanta enters the game in first place in the NL East with a record of 54-37, leading the second place Nationals by 6.0 games.
– The Los Angeles Angels will host division foe Seattle at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Mariners will start Mike Leake and the Angels are expected to counter with Taylor Cole. The Angels are 18-27 against AL West opponents, the Mariners have gone 1
Hurricanes, Dzingel agree on 2-year, $6.75M contract
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Hurricanes and free agent center Ryan Dzingel (duh-ZIHN’-gul) have agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract. The deal announced will pay Dzingel $3.25 million this season and $3.5 million in 2020-21.
The 27-year-old split last season between Ottawa and Columbus, and had career highs with 26 goals, 30 assists and 56 points.
General Manager Don Waddell says Dzingel “can be an impact player offensively” and is “an excellent fit” for their forward group.
Ex-fiancee claims Chiefs’ Hill is father of newborn twins
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s former fiancee has gone to court seeking to prove that hill is the father of her newborn twins and to require him to pay child support. The Kansas City Star reports that Crystal Espinal filed a petition yesterda in Johnson County, Kansas, District Court. The Chiefs suspended Hill on April 25th over allegations that his 3-year-old son was abused, which he denies.
The local district attorney said in June that an investigation was no longer active because he couldn’t prove who injured the boy.