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Serena back on court…Thompson inks Warriors package…NBA deals with a heady subject

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams continues her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title and eighth at Wimbledon when she meets Barbora Strycova¬† in the semifinals today. Williams needs one more major title to equal the record set by Margaret Court. The first women’s semifinal match of the day will have Former No. 1 Simona Halep¬† against Elina Svitolina.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Klay Thompson has signed his five-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a package worth nearly $190 million. It’s the largest free-agent contract agreed to this summer, although he will miss part of next season while recovering from a torn ACL. Thompson has averaged at least 20 points each of the last five years and scored 21.5 per game while hitting 40% of his 3-point attempts this past season.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says there was discussion at the board of governors meeting yesterday about finding a way to remedy the draft day problem of players wearing hats of teams that had already traded their rights. Because of league rules involving the moratorium on player moves, drafted players have been unable to be introduced by their actual franchise for more than two weeks. Several ideas are under discussion, including changing the rules about how and when draft-night trades can be announced.

UNDATED (AP) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers. Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after Tampa Bay’s Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Rams.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Canucks have acquired one of the top scorers still available on the free agent market by giving Michael Ferland a four-year deal worth about $14 million. Ferland was an unrestricted free agent after putting up 40 points in 71 games for Carolina this past season. He previously played four years in Calgary, scoring a career-high 21 goals in the 2017-18 season.

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