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Six-time Wimbledon champ Federer shocked by Berdych in quarters

Posted: June 30, 2010 2:20 PM ; Updated: June 30, 2010 2:24 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer won't be striding onto Centre Court for the Wimbledon final.

The six-time champion was upset in the quarterfinals by big-hitting Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, stopping his bid for a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club and extending his recent stretch of disappointing play.

The 12th-seeded Berdych used his big serve and forehand to beat Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for the biggest victory of the Czech's career.

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Venus upset in Wimbledon quarters

Posted: June 29, 2010 5:41 PM ; Updated: June 29, 2010 5:47 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Venus Williams would shank a shot -- and she shanked many on this day -- then turn toward the Court 1 player guest box where her parents were seated and put her palms up or shrug her shoulders, as if to indicate, "I don't know what's happening here."

The five-time Wimbledon champion was out of sorts, out of answers and out of the tournament in the quarterfinals, stunned 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday by the lowest-ranked woman left, No. 82 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, meaning there won't be an all-Williams title match at the All England Club this year.

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Wizards take Wall with No. 1 pick

Posted: June 25, 2010 8:50 AM ; Updated: June 30, 2010 2:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Wall is heading to Washington, and a record number of Kentucky teammates are following him to the NBA.

Wall went to the Wizards with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday and four more Wildcats were among the top 30 selections, making them the first school ever to put five players in the first round.

After falling short of the Final Four even with all that talent around him, Wall is ready to help Washington bounce back from a season that was embarrassing on the court and in the locker room.

"I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school and was one of the top players," Wall said. "I always got there hungry wanting to fight hard and compete in every game, so when I step on the court I'm going to take on any challenge there."

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USA Advances to Knockout Round on Last-Minute Goal! Ghana Up Next

Posted: June 23, 2010 11:30 AM ; Updated: June 23, 2010 4:21 PM

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Landon Donovan scored in injury time as the United States advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria on Wednesday.

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USA Mounts Comeback, Settles for Tie After Blown Call

Posted: June 18, 2010 11:03 AM ; Updated: June 18, 2010 3:44 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Maurice Edu kicked the ball into the net just before the 86th minute. American players jumped around wildly, thinking they had capped a historic comeback, turning a two-goal, first-half deficit into a 3-2 victory over Slovenia.

``Then I heard the whistle,'' Edu said

Referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali had called it off.

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Lakers Repeat with Ugly Game 7 Win

Posted: June 17, 2010 11:26 PM ; Updated: June 17, 2010 11:40 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Purple and gold confetti raining down upon him, Kobe Bryant hopped up on the scorer's table, shook his fists and extended five fingers.

When he hopped down, Boston's legendary Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was waiting to shake his hand.

A Game 7 classic - and this time, it finally went the Lakers' way.

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Lakers Pound Celtics to Force Game 7, Perkins Injures Knee

Posted: June 15, 2010 11:58 PM ; Updated: June 16, 2010 9:15 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The trophy, the champagne, the hats, the T-shirts. Even Bill Russell and Kevin McHale. Everything was in place at Staples Center for the Boston Celtics to wrap up their 18th NBA championship.

And then the Lakers shoved everything back in its boxes and sent all the Celtics in sight back to their hotels for two more days.

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