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Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher for $322,500


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan.


The 16-year-old pitcher agreed Sunday to a minor league contract with a $322,500 signing bonus. He is thought to be the first Japanese junior high school player to sign with a major league club.


The teen says, “I wanted to play in the United States as soon as possible, rather than playing high school ball at Koshien Stadium (in Japan’s iconic national championship).”


Yuki is listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds and the right-hander’s fastball has been clocked at 87-88 mph.




Federer reaches 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal


LONDON (AP) – Roger Federer has advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.


The eight-time champion earned his latest win with maximum efficiency on Centre Court, particularly during a 16-minute first set, where the top-seeded Federer lost just five points.


The 22nd-seeded Mannarino became the first man to earn a break point against Federer at the tournament, but was unable to take any of his four opportunities.


Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.


Also at Wimbledon:


– The last of the women’s top-10 seeds has been knocked out at Wimbledon. Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No. 7 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (2) and complete the latest upset in the women’s draw. She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.


– Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko lost her first two service games and went 5-2 down in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent.


– Dominika Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-Wei.




German showjumping great Hans Guenther Winkler dies at 91


BERLIN (AP) – Hans Guenther Winkler, a German showjumping great who won five Olympic gold medals, has died. He was 91.


The German Equestrian Federation confirmed Winkler died early today in the western town of Warendorf.


After taking gold at the 1954 and 1955 World Championships, Winkler and his mare Halla cemented their fame with a memorable performance at the 1956 Olympic equestrian events in Stockholm.


Despite intense pain from a pulled muscle, Winkler remained in the saddle and Halla carried him to a flawless second round, ensuring their first Olympic gold.


Four more followed, as well as a silver and bronze, before Winkler retired in 1986.


His fourth wife, American Debby Winkler, died in a riding accident in 2011.