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BOSTON (AP) – Mookie Betts fouled off seven pitches before hitting a grand slam that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4, extending their winning streak to 10 games. Betts added an RBI single in the seventh inning and went 2 for 4, increasing the top batting average in the majors to .352. Boston has the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since July 1.

LONDON (AP) – In a little over 10 months since she had a baby, Serena Williams is returning to a familiar place, the finals at Wimbledon. It will be a rematch from 2016 against 11th-seeded Angelique Kehas of Germany. Williams won that match. On Thursday, she dominated much of her semifinal, beating 13th-seeded Julia Goerges  of Germany.

ATLANTA (AP) – Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home invasion. Police responded early Tuesday to a report of a violent attack at a home in Milton, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. A lawyer for Delicia Cordon says Cordon was hurt when a man tried to take bracelets from her wrist and hit her in the face with a gun.

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) – Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of five players. Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, the highest-ranked player in the field, withdrew because of a right shoulder injury.

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) – Two casinos and a racetrack in New Jersey took in $16.4 million in sports bets during the first two weeks such wagers were legal in the state. Figures released Thursday show the Borgata, Ocean Resort and Monmouth Park racetrack saw gross sports betting revenue of nearly $3.5 million on those bets. Regulators caution that bets involving future outcomes, such as the winner of baseball’s World Series or football’s Super Bowl, won’t be paid out for months.

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