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  • 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.

  • Fernandez learns from Tommy John

    MIAMI — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.

    Now he’s back, saying he’s a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He’ll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants today.

  • Carrasco one pitch away from no-hitter

    ST. PETERSBURG — Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis’ glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

  • Heating up at Wimbledon

    LONDON — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

    At age 35, 21 years removed from her first professional tournament, Williams still possesses a dangerous serve, along with the muscle memory that comes with seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon.

  • Dollars fly

    Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

    The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than $1 billion worth of deals.