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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Bartoli, Lisicki in finals

LONDON (AP) -- Sabine Lisicki has had no letdown since ousting top-seed Serena Williams at Wimbledon. The German has reached the finals for the first time in a Grand Slam after beating fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. Lisicki overcame a 3-love deficit in the final set to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time just days after stunning Williams in a fourth round upset.

She'll be taking on France's Marion Bartoli for the women's title.

The 15th-seeded Frenchwoman took just 62 minutes to beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2. It will be Bartoli's second time in the title match on Wimbledon's Centre Court. She reached the final in 2007, losing to Venus Williams in straight sets.

Lisicki and Bartoli have met four times previously with the German winning the last three including two years ago in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Mike and Bob Bryan have moved to within a win from their fourth straight major doubles title with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 over Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The Americans have won a record 14 Grand Slam tournaments. If they get the 15th this week, they'll become the first team in the Open era to hold all four major titles at the same time.

The Bryans have won 23 straight matches.


Ramos leads Nats win

UNDATED (AP) -- Wilson Ramos returned to the Washington line-up with a homer and five RBI's in an 8-5 win over Milwaukee. His three-run homer in the seventh inning snapped a five-all tie. Ramos went 3-for-4 including a two-run single. He missed 44 games with a strained left hamstring.

This afternoon's game in Cincinnati between the Reds and Giants has been rained out. No make-up date has been set.


Bobcats land Jefferson

UNDATED (AP) -- People familiar with the situation say the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson. Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each season with a player option for the third year.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal isn't official.

The 28-year old Jefferson gives the Bobcats a much-needed scoring threat in the low post, where they struggled last season. The 6-foot-10, 289-pound Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Utah last season.

-- Free agents J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying with the Knicks, their agents confirm. Smith gets a four-year contract worth around $25 million after being named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. Prigioni could make about $6 million over three years. The Argentine guard moved into the starting lineup late in the season and helped the Knicks finish 54-28.


Tie for early lead

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot bogey-free 8-under 62s to share the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and defending champion Ted Potter Jr. are among those with afternoon tee times on the Old White TPC course.

Players were able to lift, clean and place their balls after rain fell prior to the start of play.


Sens extend MacLean

OTTAWA (AP) -- NHL coach of the year Paul MacLean has signed a three-year extension with the Ottawa Senators.

MacLean won the Jack Adams Award this past season as the league's top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record after the NHL lockout.

In two years with the Senators, MacLean is 66-48-16 in 130 regular-season games.


Devils resign Elias

UNDATED (AP) -- New Jersey has re-signed Patrik Elias (EHL'-ee-ahsh) to a three-year, $16.5 million contract, one day before the veteran forward was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Elias' agent, Allan Walsh, announced the terms of the deal on Twitter.

Elias has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Devils. He leads the franchise with 375 goals, 555 assists and 930 points. Elias holds career playoff records with 45 goals, 80 assists and 125 points in 162 games.


Spain's PM backs Madrid bid

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A day after Madrid wowed the IOC with its presentation, Spain's prime minister says concerns over his country's economy "don't exist anymore." Mariano Rajoy (rah-HOY') also plans to be in Argentina in September for the vote on the host city for the 2020 Olympics.

Rajoy met with IOC President Jacques Rogge (ROH'-guh) on Thursday to show his government's support for the Madrid bid, which picked up vital momentum a day earlier with its campaign pitch to the IOC general assembly.

Once viewed as a long shot because of Spain's severe economic crisis, Madrid is considered firmly in contention with Istanbul and Tokyo heading into the Sept. 7 vote. Madrid is bidding for a third consecutive time.


New leader takes over

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) -- German rider Andre Greipel (GRY'-pehl) has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish.

Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.

Greipel surged ahead some 500 meters from the line and held off a strong challenge to capture mostly flat 110-mile stage.


Ole Miss player killed in car accident

EGYPT, Miss. (AP) -- A member of the University of Mississippi football team was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident.

The Highway Patrol says in a statement that 20-year-old Park Stevens of Columbus was killed when his pickup collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler. The back-up offensive tackle was pronounced dead at the scene.

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