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By: associated press

Sharapova upset
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- The second week of play at Wimbledon
is underway and the day got started with a big upset, as women's
top-seed, Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), was eliminated. The
world No. 1 was beaten by 15th-seed Sabine Lisicki (suh-BEEN'
lih'-SIH'-kee), 6-4, 6-3. The match took place in windy, rainy
Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena
Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same
year. She won Wimbledon in 2004, and was the runner-up last year,
when she beat Lisicki in the semifinals. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk
Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee), who's also German, sat in Lisicki's
guest box at Court 1.
Women's sixth-seed Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals
with a three-set win over Yaroslava Shvedova (yah-roh-SLAHV"-uh
SHVEH'-doh-vuh). Williams cruised through the first set in windy
conditions before the hard-hitting Shvedova found her rhythm in the
second, breaking the American twice to even the match. Williams
then wasted three break points at 4-4 in the third before
eventually breaking for a 6-5 lead. She clinched the victory with a
backhand winner on her first match point. Williams will next face
defending champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh).
In other key matches, women's second-seed Victoria Azarenka
(ah-zah-REN'-kuh) defeated Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vich), 6-1,
6-0, and No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh
rahd-VAHN'-skuh) also advanced, beating Italian qualifier Camila
Giorgi 6-2, 6-3.
In a final note regarding women's play, Kim Clijsters
(KLY'-sturz) has played her last Wimbledon match, losing in
straight sets to eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the
fourth round. Clijsters, the winner of four Grand Slam events, is
retiring after this year's U.S. Open and went out quickly on Court
3, winning just two games as Kerber overpowered her 6-1, 6-1.
Kerber will meet Lisicki in the quarterfinals.

On the men's side of things, top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak
JOH'-kuh-vich) didn't have any trouble with Viktor Troicki
(TROY'-skee), winning 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
Third seed Roger Federer defeated Xavier Malisse (mah-LEES')
7-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Federer had to leave the court for a few
minutes during the first set because of a back problem.
A suspension of play didn't allow for completion of several
other matches, including the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh)/Mardy
Fish contest.

All of the action will be under the lights
UNDATED (AP) -- It's the start of a new week and new matchups in
Major League Baseball. Perhaps the best matchup on paper will take
place in Los Angeles as the Dodgers entertain the Reds. Visiting
Cincinnati starts the night with a one game lead over Pittsburgh in
the National League Central, while the Dodgers are a game back of
first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
The Pirates are home this evening to the Astros. James McDonald
of the Bucs is going for his eighth win against three defeats.
A pair of National League nine-game winners are looking to get
another win tonight. Atlanta's Tommy Hanson is 9-4 and tonight he
and the Braves are playing host to the Cubs. At the same time, in
Milwaukee, Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) of the Brewers is toeing the
rubber against Miami.
The remaining NL games feature Colorado at St. Louis and San
Diego at Arizona.

In the American League, Tampa Bay kicks off a series with the
Yankees in New York. The early-July set gives the Rays a chance to
gain some ground on the first place Pinstripes. In the AL East, the
Rays are 7 1/2 games back of the Yankees.
Jered Weaver of the Angels is going for his ninth win of the
year tonight with a game in Cleveland against the Indians. The
Tribe has won two in a row and is just a game and a half back of
first-place Chicago in the Central. The Angels have won seven of 10
and are now 5 1/2 back of the Rangers in the West. Both Chicago and
Texas have the night off.
The rest of the AL card has Minnesota playing in Detroit, the
Red Sox at Oakland, Baltimore at Seattle with Jason Hammel of the
Orioles going for his ninth win and Kansas City at Toronto. Ricky
Romero of the Jays is out to win his ninth game of the year as

Denver inks kicker
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have signed kicker
Matt Prater (PRAY'-tur) to a four-year deal, locking up one of the
most powerful legs in NFL history. Prater was a clutch performer
for the Broncos down the stretch last season with four game-winning
field goals. He had three straight weeks in which he kicked the
winner on the game's final play.
Entering his sixth NFL season, Prater ranks second in team
history with an 80.4 percent field goal conversion rate.

Brodeur re-ups with Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Martin Brodeur (mahr-TAN broh-DYOOR') is
coming back to the New Jersey Devils. His agent has confirmed with
The Associated Press that the 40-year old goaltender has signed a
new two-year contract. The deal is worth $9 million and more than
likely will allow the veteran to finish his career with the Devils.
The NHL's all-time winningest goaltender, Brodeur has led the
Devils to three Stanley Cups and two other finals, including a loss
to the Los Angeles Kings in six games this past season.

Caps work out deal with Crabb
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Right wing Joey Crabb has agreed to a
one-year, $950,000 contact with the Washington Capitals. The
unrestricted free agent was expected to sign the deal today.
The 29-year-old Crabb has spent the last two seasons with the
Toronto Maple Leafs. He had 11 goals and 15 assists in 67 games in
2011-12, his first full season in the NHL.

Hudler leaves Wings for Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Jiri Hudler (HOOD'-lur) has landed with
the Calgary Flames. The 28-year-old center signed a $16 million,
four-year deal with Calgary on the second day of NHL free agency.
Hudler has played 409 NHL games, all with Detroit, and has 87
goals and 214 points. He finished with 25 goals and 50 points in 81
games for the Red Wings last season.

Howard demands trade
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Magic general manager Rob Hennigan says
that Dwight Howard told him in a face-to-face meeting last week
that he would like to be traded, and that his preference is to be
dealt to the Brooklyn Nets. Hennigan says by singling out one team
complicates any potential trade scenarios, but he has not committed
to honoring that demand and said he will keep communication lines
open with both the All-Star and his agent.

Top pick injures ankle
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis has a left ankle sprain that
must be evaluated later this week before he can practice with the
U.S. men's Olympic team. Davis, the top pick of the New Orleans
Hornets, hurt his ankle at the team's training center on Saturday.

Second stage results
VISE, Belgium (AP) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish won the second
stage of the Tour de France winning the 129 mile race from Vise to
Tournai, Belgium. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un
kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah) continues to wear the race leader's yellow

No repeat of 8 in London
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Michael Phelps will not be competing for
eight gold medals in London. The winner of that many gold medals in
China four years ago has dropped one of his races at the London
Olympics. Coach Bob Bowman tweeted that Phelps was scratching the
200-meter freestyle, and the decision was confirmed by U.S. head
coach Gregg Troy.
Phelps qualified in five individual events for London at the
U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, and he's expected to swim all three
relays. But he's decided to focus on the 200 and 400 individual
medley, and the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Former Baltimore star to sell off memorabilia
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jim Palmer says he no longer needs trophies as
mementos of his Hall of Fame career, so the former Baltimore
Orioles ace has put his three Cy Young Awards and two of his four
Gold Gloves up for auction. The 66-year-old did not say he was
financially hurting. He says he intends to use the money for the
education of his grandchildren and provide for his autistic
stepson. A portion of the profits will also be given to the autism
project of Palm Beach County.

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