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  • 22 for Serena

    LONDON — Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22.

    Said she wouldn’t discuss it.

    Kept coming close without quite getting it.

    Now she finally has it. And so she can flaunt it.

  • Red Sox hold off Rays 6-5

    BOSTON — David Ortiz hit his 21st home run of the season, Bryce Brentz had two hits and broke a tie with an RBI single in the sixth and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Friday night.

    The win was Boston's fourth in five games as it tries to gain ground on AL East-leading Baltimore before the All-Star break.

  • Federer out

    LONDON — There was Roger Federer, so famous for his flawless footwork, flat on his stomach, face down and motionless on the Centre Court grass after jamming the toe of his left shoe and stumbling during what turned out to be the fifth set’s pivotal game in his Wimbledon semifinal.

  • Wimbledon women's final set

    LONDON — Instead of the ninth all-Williams final at a Grand Slam tournament, there will be a rematch of another sort to determine the title at Wimbledon.

    And so as Serena Williams again stands one victory from her record-tying 22nd major title, she will need to beat a woman who already stopped her once this year in that pursuit, Angelique Kerber.

  • Durant to join Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant decided his best chance for “growth” means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the star-studded, record-setting Golden State Warriors and play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • Open and shut: With roof closed, Williams rolls at Wimbledon

    LONDON — It was raining, ever so slightly, and her Wimbledon fourth-round match was slipping away, ever so slightly, when Serena Williams stumbled as she ran to the net, winding up seated on the slick Centre Court grass.

    Her opponent, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, sent a shot flying past Williams to go up a break at 5-4 in the opening set.

  • Rays top Angels to end skid

    ST. PETERSBURG — Logan Morrison homered and drove in two runs Monday to help the struggling Tampa Bay Rays end a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

    Matt Moore (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings, improving to 4-0 in his career against Los Angeles and handing the slumping Angels their 12th loss in 14 games.

  • From Dunnellon to working towards Rio
  • Tigers rally late to extend streak

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ian Kinsler lowered his head and kept running, paving the way for another Detroit victory.

    The veteran leadoff man scored from second base on a force play during a three-run eighth inning, then slugged his 200th career home run in the ninth as the Tigers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 and extend their winning streak to six games Sunday.

  • Nearly perfect

    LONDON — Serena Williams has won so many Grand Slam matches that she’s lost count.

    Then again, as she noted Sunday, it’s her losses that get a lot more attention nowadays.