Update on the latest in sports:
Kerber reaches semifinals
LONDON (AP) – Angelique Kerber converted her seventh match point to finally get past Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the third time.
The No. 11 Kerber was the highest women’s seed to reach the quarterfinals; it’s the first time since Wimbledon began seeding players in the 1920s that none of the top 10 made it to this round.
She will face No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday for a berth in the final. Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova.
In other early Tuesday action, Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 by beating Gilles Simon. The Argentine next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.
Red Sox look to continue hot streak
BOSTON (AP) – The major league-best Boston Red Sox look for their 15th win in 18 games as they host the Texas Rangers in the middle game of their series. The Red Sox, who lead the second-place Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the AL East, send Hector Velazquez against the Rangers’ Yovani Gallardo. Boston’s J.D. Martinez is 10 for 23 with three homers, eight runs scored and 10 RBIs the last five games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– The Tampa Bay Rays will try for their 13th win in 14 games at home when they host the Detroit Tigers in the middle game of their series. Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd will start against a Rays bullpen day.Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single in the 10th inning Monday night to lift the Rays to a 10-9 win in the series opener.
– Houston’s Justin Verlander and St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas will both be seeking their 10th win of the season. Verlander will try to become the ninth in the American League to reach double digits when he opposes Oakland’s Sean Manaea. Mikolas will aim to become the fifth in the NL with 10 wins he faces Dylan Covey of the White Sox. The Yankees’ Luis Severino leads the majors with 14 wins, and the Phillies’ Aaron Nola is tops in the NL with 12.
– Two starting pitchers are expected to make their major league debuts when the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets continue their four-game series at Citi Field. Philadelphia is likely to call up 22-year-old RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts. New York plans to call up 28-year-old RHP Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he is 1-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 17 starts. Gagnon expects to have his parents, fiancee and three sisters in the crowd.
Lightning sign Kucherov to 8-year extension
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million in salary and annual bonuses.
The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 25-year-old would have been a restricted free agent next summer with one year left on a deal that will pay him nearly $4.8 million for the 2018-19 season. Now he is set to stay with the Lightning through the 2026-27 season.
The two-time All-Star had 39 goals and 100 points with a plus-15 rating last season. That was third in the NHL in points, sixth in assists and tied for ninth in goals. He averaged 19:49 in ice time to lead all forwards for the Lightning, who lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
FORMER NBA PLAYER-CHARITY FRAUD
Former NBA player Washington sentenced for charity fraud
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Former NBA player Kermit Washington has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity donations on vacations, shopping sprees and plastic surgery for his girlfriend.
The U.S. attorney’s office says the 66-year-old Las Vegas man also was ordered Monday to pay nearly $970,000 in restitution. Washington pleaded guilty in November in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, to making a false statement in a tax return and aggravated identity theft.
Washington played for several NBA teams in the 1970s and 1980s and is best known for throwing a punch that fractured Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich’s face and left him unconscious during a 1977 game. Washington was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time.
PGA tour season to end before football next year
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The PGA Tour has eliminated a FedEx Cup playoff event as part of a revamped schedule that will allow its season to end a week before the football season begins.
The tour will have 46 events over 41 weeks, down from 48 tournaments this year.
The addition of new tournaments in Detroit and Minnesota is offset by eliminating the FedEx Cup playoff event in Boston, the Quicken Loans National that had been run by the Tiger Woods Foundation in the Washington, D.C. area, and a year off for the Houston Open and Greenbrier.
Houston and Greenbrier are to return to the fall portion of the schedule in 2019. The TPC Boston, meanwhile, will rotate with a New York-area course every other year for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.