WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic has been waiting. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to lose focus and lose his way. He waited to find the right read on his opponent’s big serves. Expected his own level to be up to the occasion.
Djokovic is not bothered by a deficit – in a game, a set, a game. He is not afraid of problem solving. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time already, he hasn’t let himself be defeated.
Djokovic used his constant talent to beat Kyrgios, who delivers aces and strikes piecemeal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship and a seventh in total.
Top-seeded Djokovic rode his grass-court Grand Slam unbeaten run to 28 games and took his career to 21 major trophies, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and moving just one behind Rafael Nadal’s 22 to the most in history. men’s tennis.
On the men’s side, only Federer, with eight, has won more Wimbledon titles than Djokovic. In the professional era, only Federer was older (by less than a year) than 35-year-old Djokovic when he won at the All England Club.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Russian Tennis Federation was quick to claim Elena Rybakina as “our product” in its run for the women’s title at Wimbledon.
They went on to praise her training schedule in the country after winning the Venus Rosewater Dish as Wimbledon champions while representing Kazakhstan.
“It’s the Russian school, after all. She played here with us for a long time, then in Kazakhstan,” Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev told sports website Championat on Saturday after Rybakina beat Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on the center court.
Rybakina, 23, was born in Moscow and played in the Russian system until 2018, when financial problems led her to change nationality.
There was no official reaction from the Kremlin to Rybakina’s success at Wimbledon, but some commentators claimed his victory as a Russian achievement and a symbolic snub to the All England Club’s ban on players representing Russia and Belarus.
Players from these countries were banned from the Wimbledon tournament due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Shohei Ohtani became baseball’s first two-way All-Star, the Los Angeles Angels sensation has done it again.
Ohtani was selected to the American League pitching staff on Sunday as a Major League Baseball pick, two days after being voted by fans to start at designated hitter.
Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes made the Yankees’ AL team with receiver Jose Trevino, giving New York six stars for the first time since 2011. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were voted in for begin.
Defending AL champion Houston has five stars, with pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Yordan Álvarez selected with starting second baseman Jose Altuve. Álvarez went on the injured list on Sunday due to inflammation in his right hand.
World Series champion Atlanta also has five. Pitcher Max Fried, receiver Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH Willam Contreras joined outfielder-elect Ronald Acuña Jr.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles earned their eighth straight victory Sunday, using back-to-back innings of four runs and three RBIs from Ramón Urías to beat the road-weary Los Angeles Angels 9-5.
Baltimore fell behind 2-0 before coming back strong to complete a 7-0 homestand and its first four-game sweep against the Angels since 2003. The Orioles had not won eight straight games in a season since April 22 as of May 1, 2005, however they have won 12 in a row over two seasons in late 2015 and early 2016.
Urías scored a two-run single on a four-run fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth to make it 8-2.
Baltimore (43-44) moved with a .500 game for the first time since going 0-1.
Wayne Rooney has agreed to coach DC United in Major League Soccer, a person with knowledge of the move has claimed.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal had not been announced.
The longtime English football star played for the MLS club in 2018 and 2019. Once visa formalities are completed, Rooney is expected to replace caretaker manager Chad Ashton, who replaced Hernan Losada earlier this season.
DC United is tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the 28-team league with a 5-10-2 record. United lost 7-0 to the Philadelphia Union on Friday night, tying the MLS record for the biggest margin of defeat.
Rooney, 36, played for Manchester in the English Premier League from 2004 to 2017 and is the top scorer in the history of the English national team.
Rooney resigned as manager of English club Derby last month after 18 months in charge. His reunion with DC United was first reported by The Washington Post.
— By AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno.
CHICAGO (AP) — A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars lined up along the sideline after halftime, No. 42 and the Griner name on everyone’s back their shirts.
Brittney Griner was everywhere on Sunday, everywhere except where the league’s best players thought she should be – playing alongside the WNBA All-Star Game marquee, in which Team Wilson moved away from Team Stewart to a 134-112 victory.
Griner is in Russia, where she has been detained since February after police said they found vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. The eight-time All-Star pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession charges that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
While advocating for Griner’s release, the WNBA also honored Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles at the last All-Star Game for the two outgoing players. Fowles had the biggest highlight of the day, landing a steal and slamming a dunk for Team Wilson with 4:04 to go in the first half.
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Chase Elliott passed Corey LaJoie with just under two laps to go and crossed the finish line under yellow after a block sent LaJoie crashing into the wall on Sunday, giving Georgia-born driver his first win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Elliott retired to the main stand, greeted by a loud ovation from fans who cheered loudly every time he went to the front and stretched to Dawsonville, the northern Georgia town that produced the winner and his father, longtime NASCAR. Cut star Bill Elliott.
The wild capper from another eventful Atlanta race denied LaJoie the first win of his career, which would have been a huge upset for the low-budget team Spire Motorsports.
The Elliotts are the only Georgia-born drivers to have won a Cup race in Atlanta. They are the third father-son duo to cross the checkered flag during the 1.54-mile trioval, joining the Jarretts (Ned and Dale) and the Earnhardts (Dale and Dale Jr).
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Xander Schauffele continues to make up for lost time.
Without a win for more than two years, Schauffele notched up his fourth victory in the last 12 months on Sunday when he overcame a bad pass midway through his inning with two key birdies and a par save for an even 70 to claim the Scottish Open. .
Then comes another test on Scottish soil, this one the purest of all, the British Open at St. Andrews. Schauele is heading to the homeland of golf among the hottest players in the world.
It was the first time the PGA Tour co-endorsed a European tour event.
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Tony Romo won the American Championship of the Century for the third time, beating Mike Mulder and Joe Pavelski with a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday.
Romo also birdied the par-5 18th in regulation to earn three points and tie Mulder and Pavelski with 62 points at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford scoring system event.
Romo, the former Dallas quarterback and current NFL top TV analyst, also won at Edgewood Tahoe in 2018 and 2019.
Mulder won three in a row from 2015 to 2017.
Annika Sorenstam and Adam Thielen are tied for fourth with 58 points.
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