Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Federer knocking on the door
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer is a win away from a
record-tying seventh Wimbledon crown after taking out the defending
champion in the semifinals.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion knocked off top-ranked Novak
Djokovic (JOH'-kuh-vich) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 under a closed roof on
Centre Court to earn his 27th berth in a Grand Slam final.
It was their 27th head-to-head meeting, but first on grass.
Federer now holds a 15-12 advantage.
Today's second semifinal is pitting fourth-seeded Andy Murray of
Britain against No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) of
Saturday's women's finale has four-time Wimbledon winner and No.
6 seed Serena Williams going up against third-seeded Agnieszka
Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) of Poland.
Radwanska canceled a news conference today because of a
respiratory illness that's making it difficult for her to speak.

Rangers and Giants hoping to end skids
UNDATED (AP) -- Texas drags a four-game losing streak into this
evening's series opener against visiting Minnesota. The Rangers'
skid has dropped them behind the New York Yankees for best record
in the American League, but they are still sitting atop the West
standings, four games better than the second-place Los Angeles
Angels. The Twins have dropped two straight following a season-high
five-game winning streak.
The East-leading Yanks are in Boston to open a weekend series
against a Red Sox club that's dropped three in a row. The Angels
are home to a Baltimore Orioles team that is second in the East, 5
1/2 games behind New York.

In the National League tonight, the Giants limp into Pittsburgh
after dropping three straight to the league-leading Nationals in
Washington. San Francisco has fallen 1 1/2 games behind the Dodgers
in the West race. The surprising Pirates hold a two-game lead over
Cincinnati in the Central.
Los Angeles will be hunting a fourth straight win when it takes
the field at Arizona to face a Diamondbacks squad that's lost six
in a row.
And the Reds will be out to avoid a fourth consecutive loss when
they play at San Diego.

Parker cleared
PARIS (AP) -- Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European
runner-up France in the Olympic Games after San Antonio's doctors
agreed he has recovered from an eye injury.
Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New
York last month.
Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans and he could play
in a tuneup against England on Saturday.
France's first game at the Olympics is against the United States
on July 29.

Crowded at the top
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) -- There was a three-way tie for first place
when round two of the U.S. Women's Open got under way.
Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) and
Lizette Salas matched 3-under-par 69s in yesterday's opening round.
Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) was a stroke back along with
17-year-old Lexi Thompson, Jennie Lee and Beatriz Recari.

Woods playing catch up
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Last week's winner of the
AT&T National has some work to do in order to go back-to-back.
Tiger Woods carded a 1-over 71 in round one of the Greenbrier
Classic and was eight shots back of leader Vijay Singh when round
two got under way this morning.
The 47-year-old Singh was one shot clear of Jonathan Byrd,
Martin Flores and 48-year-old Jeff Maggert after signing for a
7-under 63.

Cancellara still wearing yellow
EPERNAY, France (AP) -- Today marks the sixth stage of the Tour
de France.
Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah)
is in the yellow jersey for the sixth consecutive day. Prerace
favorite Bradley Wiggins of Britain began 7 seconds back in second
Friday's stage starts in the center of France's Champagne region
and heads east along nearly flat roads, making it a stage for
sprinters such as world champion Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel
(GRAH'-pul), who has won two consecutive stages.

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