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AL tops NL again…MLB commissioner says no evidence of juiced balls…Men’s quarters at Wimbledon

CLEVELAND (AP) – Joey Gallo belted a solo homer and American League pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters in a 4-3 victory over the National League in the All-Star Game last night at Cleveland. Game MVP Shane Bieber struck out the side in the fifth before Liam Hendriks and Aroldis Chapman each recorded three strikeouts in their one inning of work. The AL has won the last seven midsummer classics and leads the overall series, 45-43 with two ties.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball has been unable to find any changes in the manufacturing process of balls. Manfred also insists that MLB has given no direction toward the alteration of baseball and denies that owners want to see more home runs. Astros hurler Justin Verlander is among several pitchers who have intimated recently that the balls are juiced, but Manfred countered yesterday by saying “manipulation of the baseball is a great conspiracy theory.”

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Today’s Wimbledon schedule is highlighted by men’s quarterfinal action after Serena Williams, Barbora Strycova , Simona Halep  and Elina Svitolina  advanced to the women’s semifinals yesterday. Top seed Novak Djokovic  gets things started on Centre Court against David Goffin before second seed Roger Federer takes on Kei Nishikori . Third seed Rafael Nadal faces unseeded American Sam Querrey after Guido Pella battles Roberto Bautista-Agut .

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The NBA is giving coaches the right to challenge one call per game next season on a one-year trial basis. Coaches may challenge a personal foul charged to their team, a called out-of-bounds violation, a goaltending violation or a basket-interference violation. Also, instant replay can now be triggered by game officials working in the review center in Secaucus, New Jersey, without the involvement of the on-court refereeing crew.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – Safety Glover Quin has announced he’s retiring after 10 NFL seasons spent with the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. Quin started every game for nine straight years after starting in 12 games as a rookie in 2009 with the Texans. He had an NFL-high seven interceptions in 2014 with the Lions and 24 interceptions during his career.

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