AFTER 77 YEARS A BRIT FINIALLY GETS TO HOIST THE WIMBLEDOM CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
(AP) — A three-hour tennis match has ended 77 years of frustration for Britain.
Andy Murray has become the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon. The second-seeded Murray needed three hours and nine minutes to complete a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch). The victory comes a year after Murray was beaten by seven-time champ Roger Federer.
Murray made things interesting in the final game as he was forced to deuce after having triple-championship point. Murray later fought off three break points before finally knocking off Djokovic, who was seeking his second Wimbledon crown in three years. Murray says its a thrill especially after coming so close last year.....
Djokovic went up a break in both the second and third sets, demonstrating the tenacity that has allowed him to win six Grand Slams. He won four straight games to take a 4-2 lead in the third but said after the match he just couldn't win the big points......
Murray finished with 36 winners and just 21 unforced errors.
GIANTS CONTINUE TO STUMBLE AS DODGERS TAKE RUBBER GAME
GIANTS CLOSER SERGIO ROMO HAS A TOUGH OUTING IN LOSS TO DODGERS
(AP) — A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double in the ninth inning, All-Star Clayton Kershaw had a third straight stellar start and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Sunday. Ellis says Giants closer Sergio Romo hung a slider and he was able to hit it hard.....
Kershaw (8-5), a candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League, wasn't as sharp as he'd been in his previous two starts but still only allowed one run over eight innings. He helped the Dodgers move into second place in the West heading into a three-game series with division-leading Arizona.
Hanley Ramirez doubled and tripled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games while rookie Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a single that started the rally in the ninth.
Giants catcher Buster Posey says the Giants have to play through these rough patches.....
Guillermo Quiroz doubled and scored for San Francisco, which has dropped 11 of 13.
A'S WIN SERIES FINALE IN KANSAS CITY
(AP) — Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs to cap a big series for Oakland, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard also went deep and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Sunday.
A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to go five innings for the A's. The only damage he allowed came on solo homers by George Kottaras and Alex Gordon.
Jesse Chavez earned his first career save with four scoreless innings of relief.
Luis Mendoza (2-5) allowed five runs in the second inning for the Royals, and was yanked to a round of boos after retiring just four batters. It was the right-hander's shortest start in exactly five years — since an outing on July 7, 2008, when he was still with Texas.