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The 35-year-old two times Wimbledon champion, a former world number one currently ranked 52nd, bowed out in the second round after a four set defeat to big-serving American John Isner, the 20th seed. MLB roundup: Blue Jays slip past Red Sox in ninth Vladimir Guerrero Jr. capped a two-run ninth inning with a walk-off single as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Tuesday.
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Big-hitting American John Isner paid tribute to Andy Murray after sending the two times champion crashing out of Wimbledon 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 6-4 with a barrage of booming serves and aces in a second round clash on Wednesday. While 37-year-old Isner strode closer to Ivo Karlovic's aces record of 13,728 on the ATP Tour, Murray made his earliest exit despite battling back from the brink by winning a third set tiebreak.
Tennis-Normal service resumes as Djokovic outclasses Kokkinakis
Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every bit the dominant player who has won the last three Wimbledon titles in a commanding 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis on Wednesday to power into the third round. The 35-year-old, bidding for his seventh Wimbledon title, looked scratchy during his opening win over Kwon Soon-woo but he was back close to his usual lofty standards against the 79th-ranked Kokkinakis.
Soccer-Stadium bans to be given to fans convicted of online hate crime in UK
Fans convicted of football-related online hate crime can now be banned from attending matches, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday. British courts could previously only issue so-called football banning orders for in-person offences.
Golf-European LIV golfers still have Ryder Cup aspirations
European Ryder Cup stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer said on Wednesday they hope their decision to join LIV Golf does not bring an end to any future involvement in the biennial team competition. The trio, who have a combined 25 Ryder Cup appearances between them, risked their futures as players or captains in the biennial team competition with the United States by joining the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Coco Gauff may still be just a teenager but the American is tuned in to real world issues and is using the anger from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to end a woman's constitutional right to an abortion to fuel her drive at Wimbledon. Gauff is no longer the wide-eyed 15-year-old who made her Wimbledon debut three years ago. She is not only physically stronger now but much wiser, as shown by her insightful post-match interviews in her run to this year's French Open final.
Tennis-Disappointed Murray aiming to be seeded for future Slams
A disappointed Andy Murray said he was determined to rise back up the rankings to give himself a better chance in future Grand Slams after making his earliest ever exit from Wimbledon on Wednesday. The 35-year-old two times Wimbledon champion, a former world number one currently ranked 52nd, bowed out in the second round after a four set defeat to big-serving American John Isner, the 20th seed.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. capped a two-run ninth inning with a walk-off single as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Tuesday. Pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth against Tyler Danish (2-1), and George Springer walked. Hansel Robles replaced Danish and allowed Bo Bichette's single that scored pinch runner Bradley Zimmer to tie the game to set up Guerrero's winning hit.
Watching the "Big Four" of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray playing together for the same team could be possible at the fifth Laver Cup in London this year. Earlier on Wednesday, Britain's Murray was named as the third member of six-man Team Europe along with Federer and Nadal, leaving tennis fans relishing the prospect of Djokovic joining his long-time rivals at the ATP-sanctioned event.
Motor racing-Piquet apologises to Hamilton for "ill thought out" comment
Brazil's triple Formula One champion Nelson Piquet apologised to Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday after a video emerged of him using an apparent racial slur in Portuguese when referring to the Mercedes driver. Piquet, 69, insisted in a statement however that the "ill thought out" comment made last November had been mis-translated into English.
Tennis-Swiatek announces charity event for people affected by Ukraine war
Poland's world number one Iga Swiatek has teamed up with fellow tennis players Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Martyn Pawelski for a one-day special event to raise funds for people affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "Iga Swiatek & Friends for Ukraine", scheduled for July 23 in Poland's Krakow, will feature a mixed doubles match and a set of singles between Swiatek and compatriot Radwanska. Both matches will be umpired by Ukrainian Svitolina.
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