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  • ‘Unbelievable’

    LONDON — About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy.

    “I cannot stop smiling. ... I was very brave at the end. You know, here I am,” she said through a giggle. “Unbelievable.”

  • Yanks win in walk-off fashion — again

    NEW YORK — A ninth-inning throwing error by pitcher Brad Boxberger gave the New York Yankees their second straight walk-off win against the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2 on Saturday.

    Steven Souza Jr. tied the score in the top half with a two-run drive, the first home run off Dellin Betances (5-1) since Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop connected on Aug. 13.

  • Bad weather washes out qualifying

    DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for today’s race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.

  • Back to Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR’s most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday.

    Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a $400 million renovation, has come close to covering the speedway in energy-absorbing SAFER barriers as track President Joie Chitwood vowed to do after Kyle Busch was injured in February.

  • Uribe’s HR saves Braves

    ATLANTA — Juan Uribe hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning, Julio Teheran delivered another strong home start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night.

    Uribe pulled Adam Morgan’s first pitch in the seventh over the 380-foot sign in left field. It was one of the few mistakes for Morgan, a rookie left-hander who also gave up a second-inning homer to Jonny Gomes.

  • Venus vs. Serena

    LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

    Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

    And twice, pushed to the precipice, Williams regrouped, resisted and wound up winning, as she so often does.

  • Dewees, others begin to make their mark

    With three Crystal River graduates and a Dunnellon graduate signed to Major League Baseball organizations, former area standouts are now making their mark in the minor league ranks.

    Donnie Dewees, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of last month’s MLB draft, tallied three doubles and four RBIs to help his first-place Eugene Emeralds to a 9-4 victory on Tuesday.

  • Magic taking slow approach with 5th overall pick Hezonja

    ORLANDO — If Orlando Magic draft pick Mario Hezonja had it his way he’d hop headfirst into the NBA fire.

    The Croatian-born 20-year-old would skip straight from a recently concluded full season with FC Barcelona in the Euroleague, to playing in every game during Orlando’s upcoming summer league, to probably working out every day until training camp.

  • ‘Nothing to lose’

    LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.

    It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was.

  • Woods finds his shot at Greenbrier Classic

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.

    Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley.