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Wimbledon men’s semis on tap…Rockets get Westbrook from Thunder for Paul…Marisnick punished

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – A Wimbledon men’s final berth is on the line when second seed Roger Federer and No. 3 Rafael Nadal meet at Centre Court later today. Nadal has won 24 of their previous 39 matches and is 10-3 versus Federer at Wimbledon. The winner takes on either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or No. 23 Robert Bautista AgutĀ  in Sunday’s final.

HOUSTON (AP) – Russell Westbrook and James Harden will be in the Houston Rockets’ backcourt next season, seven years after they played together in the NBA Finals for the Oklahoma City Thunder. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul in a shakeup of top point guards. The person adds that the Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) – Jake Marisnick’s home plate collision with Jonathan Lucroy last weekend has earned the Houston Astros outfielder a two-game suspension that he immediately appealed. Lucroy was carted off the field last Sunday at the end of the eighth inning of the Astros’ 11-10, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels catcher sustained a concussion and broken nose. Marisnick was called out for colliding with Lucroy and the call was upheld after a crew chief review.

BOSTON (AP) – Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after experiencing complications resulting from his gunshot wound. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, says in a statement Thursday that he is “recovering well and in good spirits.” He had the surgery earlier this week at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic last month.

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) – Matt KucharĀ  owned a share of the lead heading into the second round of the Scottish Open. Kuchar closed with a bogey that leaves him in a four-way tie with Romain Wattel, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari. Kuchar eagled two of his first nine holes and reeled off four birdies in a five-hole stretch to get to minus-9 before his late bogey.

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