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Sports News Roundup: Rays walk off after Yankees' rally; Serena shows up at Wimbledon and more

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Updated: 07-07-2019 11:11 IST
Sports News Roundup: Rays walk off after Yankees' rally; Serena shows up at Wimbledon and more

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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

MLB roundup: Rays walk off after Yankees' rally

Travis d'Arnaud hit a game-winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays overcame blowing a late lead and edged the New York Yankees 4-3 in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday. The Rays were one strike away from getting the win in the top of the inning, but left-hander Colin Poche allowed a game-tying homer to Aaron Hicks. Poche (2-1) blew his first career save attempt but kept the game tied by striking out Gary Sanchez.

The real Serena finally shows up at Wimbledon

A loud and brash Red Arrows flypast over Wimbledon's Court One provided a timely distraction on Saturday that allowed the real Serena Williams to finally show up at the All England Club this year. Before the unexpected interruption, there definitely seemed to be something amiss.

Reports: Mets GM throws chair in heated meeting

The All-Star break is not quite here yet, but the New York Mets have had enough drama to fill numerous seasons, and that was before their general manager reportedly threw a chair during a heated meeting with the coaching staff. According to multiple reports Saturday, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen called for a meeting with manager Mickey Callaway and the team's coaches immediately following Friday night's meltdown, and then ripped into them over the fact the Mets' bullpen wasted a solid seven-inning outing by starter Jacob deGrom.

Rapinoe slams FIFA over schedule, prize money

United States co-captain Megan Rapinoe launched a scathing attack on world soccer's governing body FIFA, on the eve of the women's World Cup final, saying the organization did not respect the female game. Rapinoe said FIFA's decision to allow the Copa America final and the Gold Cup final to take place on the same day as the women's final was "unbelievable".

'Goofy' Gauff can't believe who is watching her heroics

Among the many remarkable things that happened to Cori "Coco" Gauff on Saturday, the 15-year-old actually lost a game of tennis. But no matter. Being tweeted by Michelle Obama, Jaden Smith and Samuel L Jackson among others more than made up for losing her mixed doubles match with Jay Clarke 6-1 6-4 to Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.

NBA notebook: Dominoes fall after Clippers' league-altering moves

The Los Angeles Clippers rocked the NBA late Friday night with news they had come to terms with free agent Kawhi Leonard and agreed to trade for Paul George, and hours later, several teams responded with moves of their own, some filling out rosters and others looking to potentially move other players. No team was busier than the Clippers' Staples Center co-tenants, the Lakers. Having missed out on Leonard, the Lakers used the cap space they had amassed to reportedly come to terms with five players Saturday. That's on top of adding shooting guard Danny Green within minutes of the news of the Leonard move.

MLB notebook: Yankees' Tanaka among All-Star additions

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was named Saturday to the National League All-Star team along with Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff, Major League Baseball announced. New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was added to the American League All-Star team, replacing Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who missed his July 4 start after suffering discomfort in his left shoulder pectoral muscle.

Warrior on court, diplomat off it, classy Barty eases into week two

Ash Barty has raised Australian hopes of a first Wimbledon singles title since 2002 by storming into the fourth round of the championships but the world number one has also managed to calmly dodge a rash of potential controversies in week one. The French Open champion's grounded personality meant she was always going to present a clear contrast to the main Australian men's title hopefuls of recent years but there has been no shortage of compatriots ready to kick up a fuss on her behalf.

Lakers add Cousins, will re-sign Rondo: report

The Los Angeles Lakers put more pieces of their revamped roster together on Saturday, agreeing to a one-year deal with free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins and bringing back point guard Rajon Rondo. ESPN said Cousins' deal is for $2.3 million, citing Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports.

America expects but Dutch could be a stubborn surprise in final

Such has been the confidence of the United States women's team in their ability to win a record fourth World Cup that the major controversy surrounding Jill Ellis's side has been about their victory plans. The debate over whether or not they will accept an invitation from President Donald Trump to celebrate their triumph at the White House has animated both sides of America's political divide.

(With inputs from agencies.)