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Top seed Halep stunned by Hsieh in Wimbledon third round
Women's top seed Simona Halep crashed out in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday when she was beaten 3-6 6-4 7-5 by Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. The Romanian world number one, who claimed her first Grand Slam title at last month's French Open, never got to grips with the tricky 32-year-old who battled back from 5-3 down in the deciding set to claim a stunning victory.
Russia's World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat
Russia's World Cup dream ended within agonizing sight of the semi-finals as they went down 4-3 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans which again belied their lowly ranking. Having knocked out Spain on penalties in the previous round, Russia, 70th in the FIFA rankings, again defied the odds to take 20th ranked Croatia to a shootout with a 2-2 draw after extra time but on this occasion their marksmanship deserted them.
Major League Baseball notebook: Cano apologizes for failed drug test
Addressing the media Saturday for the first time since he received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball on May 15, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano apologized to his team and its fans for his failed drug test. Cano, 35, stated that his positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used as a masking agent for performance-enhancing substances, was the result of prescription medication he received in his home nation, the Dominican Republic. He has maintained that the prescription was to aid with high blood pressure.
Seeded 11th, Kerber becomes standard bearer in top half of Wimbledon draw
Even in her wildest dreams 11th seed Angelique Kerber could not have imagined that by the end of the first week of this year's Wimbledon, she would be the highest ranked player left in the top half of the women's draw. But after six days of non-stop destruction of the women's seeds, and with the demise of world number one Simona Halep on Saturday, Kerber found herself the favorite to reach the final from the top half following her 6-2 6-4 win over Japan's Naomi Osaka.
Djokovic tames Edmund, silences crowd, in comeback win
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic silenced a raucous Center Court crowd as he came back to beat home favorite Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday. Briton Edmund was riding a wave of euphoria generated by England's World Cup quarter-final win against Sweden as he outplayed the Serbian former world number one in the first set.
Japan's Nishikori beats out-of-sorts Kyrgios to reach last 16
Japan's Kei Nishikori equaled his best run at Wimbledon when the number 24 seed reached the fourth round with a 6-1 7-6(3) 6-4 win over Australian Nick Kyrgios on Court One on Saturday. The former world number four, looking for a first Grand Slam title having been U.S. Open runner-up in 2014, blasted Kyrgios off court as he raced through the first set in 16 minutes.
Veteran Gulbis upsets fourth seed Zverev in five sets
Former world number 10 Ernests Gulbis became the first qualifier to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Brian Baker in 2012 when he upset fourth seed Alexander Zverev 7-6(2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0 on Saturday. The 29-year-old Latvian, a one-time training partner of Zverev's brother Mischa, handed the young German a lesson in perseverance and solid shot-making to reach the fourth round for the first time after 11 attempts.
Swedes stumble against England but leave Russia rejuvenated
Sweden's gritty performances in Russia that ended with a 2-0 defeat to England in their quarter-final indicate a bright, if not very entertaining, future for Janne Andersson's side. The previous dozen years of World Cup disappointment were erased as the Swedes dispatched some big names and survived much longer than expected with their tight defense and penchant for punishing mistakes by supposedly better teams.
NBA notebook: Mavs, Real Madrid reach buyout deal on Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks and Real Madrid have reached a buyout agreement, meaning the Mavericks now are free to negotiate with guard Luka Doncic, according to multiple reports Saturday. Doncic also must have a letter of clearance from FIBA, must pass a physical and then sign a contract, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters earlier this week. Doncic was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft in June by Atlanta, then traded to the Mavericks for guard Trae Young and a future first-round pick.
Are the stars aligning for another Federer-Nadal final?
On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wimbledon men's final that is widely considered the 'greatest ever tennis match' it seems like the stars may be aligning for greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet in another potential epic. The pair are once again the two best players in the world, having split the last six Grand Slam titles between them.
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