The Sports Xchange
Top-seeded Angelique Kerber rallied from a set and a breakdown to hold off the upset bid of American Shelby Rogers in the third round at Wimbledon on Saturday, July 9. The world No. 1 from Germany returned to the fourth round and the second week for the third time in the past four years with a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory at the All England Club in London. Kerber was the runner-up to Serena Williams at the Grand Slam event last year during her breakthrough season. Kerber won her first two major titles at the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2016.
Angel Hernandez, who sued Major League Baseball this week alleging race discrimination, was named on Thursday as one of the umpires for the upcoming All-Star Game in Miami. Hernandez will serve as a first-base umpire on a crew headed by Joe West, who was behind the plate for the 2005 All-Star Game. West, who also worked the Midsummer Classic in 1987, became the third umpire in history to work his 5,000th career game in June.
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals hold sizable leads in their division races, and each team had three players voted to be the starting lineup of the July 11 All-Star Game in Miami. The All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers were all announced Sunday. The three Astros voted as starters in the American League were second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder George Springer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Whit Merrifield had three hits, including two doubles, and stole three bases as the Kansas City Royals bested the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Sunday. The Royals took three of four from the Twins in the series. The teams are tied for second in the American League Central with 41-40 records, three games behind Cleveland. Twins left-hander Hector Santiago (4-8) was removed after 3 1/3 innings after allowing four runs, four hits, a walk and a hit batter. He has not won since May 3 and his ERA is 5.63.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and his second of the season Saturday night when he took the checkered flag in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Stenhouse took his final lead on an overtime restart, getting a push from Michael McDowell. Clint Bowyer, though, got up to second on the final lap to take runner-up honors. Paul Menard finished third, while McDowell held on to finish fourth, a career best. Ryan Newman rounded out the top-five.
PHOENIX — Forward Maya Moore scored 21 points and center Sylvia Fowles added 17 as the Minnesota Lynx held on for a 91-83 victory at Phoenix, spoiling the Mercury's celebration of Diana Taurasi on Friday night. The WNBA-leading Lynx (12-1) were clinging to a one-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter before hitting their next five shots, capped by Moore's jumper with 2:37 to go for an 84-74 lead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas allowed one run and two hits over seven innings as the Kansas City Royals crushed the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night. The victory moved the Royals back to .500 at 39-39, three games behind the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians. Vargas (12-4) shares the major league lead in wins with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Vargas tops the AL in victories and owns a 2.22 ERA. Eric Hosmer's three-run homer in a five-run fourth was the big hit.
Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis contemplated killing one of his former financial managers after losing millions of dollars in various investments. Portis told Sports Illustrated of a night four years ago in which he waited on one of the managers to exit while holding a gun and sitting in a parked car outside a building in Washington. The 35-year-old Portis, who made $43.1 million during his nine-year NFL career, saw his vast fortune evaporate through failed investments, or as one lawsuit claimed, bank withdrawals without his consent.
The New York Knicks parted ways with team president Phil Jackson on Wednesday morning, June 28, after three years. "After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Knicks owner James Dolan said in a statement. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive."
NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday, June 26 in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league. Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.