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July 3, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




Defending champion advances


LONDON (AP) – Wimbledon title-holder Garbine Mugurza advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over British wild card Naomi Broady. The No. 3-seeded Spaniard overcame a partisan crowd as she fulfilled the reigning women’s champion’s honor of opening proceedings on Centre Court.


In other early action today:


– Last year’s semifinalist, Johanna Konta, is through to the second round after beating Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia. A year ago, Konta became the first British woman to reach the last four since 1978, before losing to Venus Williams.


– Angelique Kerber won a first-round meeting of former Wimbledon runner-ups, beating Vera Zvonareva. Kerber lost the 2016 final to Serena Williams – who also beat Zvonareva in the 2010 title match – and reached the second round for the seventh straight year.


– Australian trio Daria Gavrilova, Ashleigh Barty, and Samantha Stosur all advanced to the second round with straightforward wins.


– Nick Kyrgios has served his way into the second round. The 15th-seeded Australian hit 42 aces and saved all five break points he faced to beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan


– Kei Nishikori is into the second round after beating American qualifier Christian Harrison.


– Juan Martin del Potro maintained his record of never losing in the first round at Wimbledon. The fifth-seeded Argentine beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.




Kershaw seeks first win in more than two months


UNDATED (AP) – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw goes for his first win in 2 1/2 months when he faces Pittsburgh in the middle game of the teams’ three-game series in Los Angeles. Kershaw has no decisions with a 2.77 ERA in three starts since going on the disabled list in early May with biceps tendinitis. He returned to start against Philadelphia on May 31, but then went right back on the DL with a lower back injury. Kershaw, whose only win this season was against Arizona on April 15, gave up one run and four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in five innings against Chicago in his second start back last Thursday.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto looks to get a base hit in his 11th straight game as Miami continues its interleague series against Tampa Bay. He is 15 for 42 with two homers and 10 RBIs over his last 10 contests, a stretch broken up by him sitting out four straight games last week. Realmuto is hitting .311 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs on the season.


– Cleveland rookie right-hander Shane Bieber looks to remain unbeaten as he faces the struggling Royals. The 23-year-old is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts since making his major league debut against Minnesota on May 31. Kansas City has lost 23 of its last 28 games and is tied with Baltimore for the most losses in the majors with 54. The Royals have scored four runs or fewer in 23 of their last 24 games.


– Michael Fulmer tries to extend Detroit’s streak of starters working at least six innings to seven games in the opener of a two-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Tigers’ current stretch of six straight is the team’s longest since last July 28 to Aug. 2.


– Chris Davis looks to keep up his recent hitting surge as the Baltimore Orioles open a two-game series at Philadelphia. Davis is 5 for 20 with two homers and four RBIs in his last five games.




Avery Bradley stays with Clippers


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Avery Bradley is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.


Bradley has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Clippers after free agents can begin making deals official on Friday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither side was commenting publicly until the league’s offseason moratorium ends.


Yahoo Sports, which first reported the agreement, said the contract will be worth $25 million.


Bradley played in 46 games last season between the Detroit Pistons and the Clippers. He was traded to the Clippers in January as part of the Blake Griffin deal, then made only six appearances with Los Angeles before being shut down with a hernia.


For his career, Bradley has averaged 12.3 points in 459 NBA games.




Ovechkin will bring Stanley Cup to the World Cup


MOSCOW (AP) – Alex Ovechkin is bringing the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.


Fresh off winning the NHL title, the Washington Capitals forward is continuing his summer-long victory tour by taking the trophy to Moscow on Saturday, where it will be exhibited at a “fan fest” public viewing site ahead of Russia’s quarterfinal game against Croatia.


Ovechkin wrote on Instagram, “Dear friends, I’ll be happy to see everyone who wants to take a photo with the Stanley Cup.”


Ovechkin was in his native Moscow on Sunday to see Russia beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16 following a 1-1 draw after extra time.




With no US team, ratings were down


MOSCOW (AP) – The lack of a U.S. team caused a big viewership drop for World Cup telecasts.


The 48 group stage telecasts on Fox and FS1 averaged 2,069,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is down 42 percent from the 3.54 million average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC four years ago and down 15 percent from the 2,429,000 average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC eight years ago.