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  • Orioles beat Rays 4-1 after losing 5-2 in DH

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles were struggling to score in a second straight game during a very long day.

    Then came the home run barrage.

    Nick Hundley homered to put Baltimore ahead and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot to propel the Orioles to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night for a doubleheader split.

  • A short return for Woods

    BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods was back. Just not for very long.

    Woods missed a 36-hole cut for only the 10th time on the PGA Tour with a game that showed signs of rust from being out of competition for more than three months. Right when he was poised to make a run, Woods made four straight bogeys on the back nine at Congressional to end any hopes of playing the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.

    He shot a 4-over 75 on Friday and missed the cut by four shots.

  • Djokovic overcomes injury scare

    LONDON — Novak Djokovic lay crumpled on Centre Court, clutching his upper left arm and grimacing. He felt something pop and feared the worst.

    Djokovic had lunged for a shot behind the baseline, tumbled on the grass and rolled over twice, his racket flying from his hand.

  • Venus out: Williams exits Wimbledon

    LONDON — For 2 1/2 hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment.

    “The battle is always a little more enjoyable when you win,” Williams said Friday after coming within two points of victory but losing 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to Kvitova, the 2011 champion.

  • Cavs take Wiggins with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

    NEW YORK — Andrew Wiggins of Kansas was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

    The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year and hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett.

    Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs were back in this spot again.

  • 2 years later, Nadal gets past Rosol at Wimbledon

    LONDON — Uncle Toni’s reaction said it all.

    This one meant a lot to him and to the tennis player he coaches, his No. 1-ranked nephew Rafael Nadal, who was in a tough spot Thursday, one point from trailing two sets to none against the same guy he lost to — in the same stadium, same round — two years ago at Wimbledon.

  • A rude welcome back for Woods

    BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt “fantastic.” He was talking about his back, not his game.

    One day into his most recent return from injury, that’s what mattered to him.

  • FIFA serves Suarez four-month ban for biting incident

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters.

    The Uruguay forward, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, was banned by FIFA from all football for four months on Thursday for biting an Italian opponent in an incident that marred the team’s victory and progression to the second round.

  • US advances in 1-0 loss to Germany

    RECIFE, Brazil — The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted.

    Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller’s 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia.

  • Dunnellon dominates CR 13-1

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Dunnellon poured on four runs apiece in each of the opening three innings against Crystal River to secure itself the District 15 title in the 10/11 Little League All-Stars Tournament with a 13-1, four-inning victory at Bicentennial Park on Thursday. 

    The Tigers, who went 3-0 in district competition, next play on July 11 at 7:30 p.m., in the Section 7 Tournament at Sid Lickton Sports Complex in Clearwater, where they’ll be joined by three other district champions.