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Djokovic bumped up to two in Wimbledon seedings
Three-times champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week's Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rankings while seven-times champion Roger Federer has also benefited. The seedings, released by the All England Club on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in the men's singles with Germany's Angelique Kerber the women's top seed. Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.
Plan to Combine Fed and Davis Cup Finals Could Alter Tennis Landscape
Haggerty said the combined event would bring together the Davis Cup final and either the Fed Cup final or the final two rounds of an expanded 16-team Fed Cup. Haggerty, a former president of the United States Tennis Association, said he saw the combined event as a weeklong tennis festival with legend tennis, entertainment and maybe some junior activity mixed in with the Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches.
Nissan's premium brand Infiniti courts NBA's Stephen Curry
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd's premium brand Infiniti will announce a marketing agreement with US basketball star Stephen Curry on Wednesday, according to a company statement seen by Reuters. The campaign including television would be rolled out in the United States, China and other markets to coincide with the launch. The US is our biggest market and China is our biggest growth market, so partnering with Mr Curry.
Athletics: Fit-again Muir keen on doubling up in London
Fit-again British middle distance runner Laura Muir is keen to double up at August's world championships in London, according to her coach Andy Young. British Athletics performance director Neil Black said on Monday that 24-year-old Scot had a one percent chance of competing on the longer distance but Young believes Black was caught off guard. She has got the qualifying times and is keen to do both.
McEnroe suggests men v women contest to solve Serena debate
An unapologetic John McEnroe has proposed competition between men and women players to prove his claim that 23-time grand slam singles winner Serena Williams would be ranked like 700 in the world if she competed on the men's circuit. Three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe said Williams was the best female player ever but said her performance on the men's circuit would be an entirely different story.
Trailblazing Australian jockey Payne fails dope test
Michelle Payne, the first woman jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, has been stood down after failing a doping test, racing stewards said on Wednesday. Payne had tested positive to Phentermine, an appetite suppressant and banned substance, after taking a urine sample at a regional meeting in Swan Hill in Australia's southern state of Victoria on June 11. Racing Victoria stewards will conduct an enquiry on Friday into the results, the state authority said in a statement.
IOC says Tokyo budget efforts key for future bidders
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates praised efforts by Tokyo organizers to lower the budget for the 2020 Summer Games, saying cost control was important for attracting future bid cities. In September last year, a Tokyo city government panel had warned that expenses could balloon to 3 trillion yen. The IOC is worried soaring costs could scare off future bidders, after four cities dropped out of the 2024 race over such concerns.
Phil Jackson struggling with product on court and chaos off it
Obviously, Phil is the decision maker and as decision makers, we want to talk to him. Nothing against the guys below him, but when you want to discuss a deal you want to talk to him. Last week, Jackson said, We've said it might be time for him to find an opportunity to go someplace else. If Jackson has few assets on the roster after three years, making deals to improve the roster has been the most elusive task for Jackson.
Toronto FC gets dramatic stoppage-time Canadian Championship win over Montreal Impact
Sebastian Giovinco celebrates his winning goal against the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship. Toronto FC won the Canadian Championship and earned a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League in dramatic fashion Tuesday night in Toronto. Toronto FC and Montreal had played to a 1-1 tie in the first leg of the Canadian Championship in Montreal last week. Two weeks later, Toronto FC would lose the MLS Cup on penalty kicks in their own stadium to the Seattle Sounders.
Report: Yasiel Puig's 1-game suspension for using middle fingers lifted
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig reportedly has had his one-game suspension lifted. Yasiel Puig will not be suspended for an obscene gesture he directed at fans in Cleveland earlier this month after all, according to reports. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was initially suspended one game by Major League Baseball for using his middle fingers toward heckling Cleveland fans after hitting a home run against the Indians on June 13.
Jacoby Ellsbury ties Pete Rose's record for reaching base on catcher's interference
CHICAGO (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose's obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher's interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time Tuesday night. His bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and Ellsbury was awarded first base. Ellsbury set a single-season mark last year by doing it 12 times.
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blames Jake Arrieta for Nats' stolen bases
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. WASHINGTON (AP) - Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Montero unloaded on Arrieta for his slow delivery not giving him a chance to throw out baserunners.
Jock Thompson fantasy baseball chat: Wednesday, noon ET
Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk hit home runs in each of his first two games since returning from the minors. Every season there are a handful of players fantasy owners just can't figure out. BaseballHQ.com writer Jock Thompson is here to help find solutions to your problems. In the HQ tradition, he'll do it from a fantasy and an analytic point of view. Click on the CoverItLive box below to submit a question and check back Wednesday at noon ET to join the discussion.
Swimming: Ledecky punches ticket to worlds with 800m win
Katie Ledecky qualified for next month's world championships in style by winning the 800 meters freestyle in the year's best time on the opening night of the US National Championships on Tuesday. I didn't rest too much for this (meet), the 20-year-old said after notching her 11th national title. Compared to other trials and selection meets, this might be the least tapered that I've been over the past couple of years.
Nats win as Max Scherzer outduels Jake Arrieta in Cy Young showdown
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Nationals Park. WASHINGTON (AP) - Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners.
NBA free agency: Top 10 players at each position
CLOSE NBA free agency opens on July 1, and here are a handful of stars who could be on the move. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant look on from the court in the first half of Game 4 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. We rank the top 10 players at each position who are set to become free agents on July 1.
Megan Anderson out, Tonya Evinger in for title fight vs. 'Cyborg' Justino at UFC 214
Yet here's another turn in the saga of the UFC women's featherweight championship. Tonya Evinger will replace Megan Anderson to face Cristiane Justino for the women's 145-pound title at UFC 214, the UFC announced tonight. The title fight will co-headline the pay-per-view card, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Twitter mocked Belichick's romantic photoshoot
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known for his stoic demeanor at literally all times. It's how he is, and we've all accepted it. In the latest edition of Nantucket Magazine, we were treated to a softer side of Belichick. Belichick appeared on the cover with girlfriend, Linda Holliday, and it predictably gave the internet new reason to roast the Patriots head coach. He should rock that look instead of the hoodie.
Felice Herrig: UFC promoting me in 'hot girl' fights isn't good enough
On Tuesday, Herrig expounded on why she feels that way durng an appearance on The Luke Thomas Show. I get promoted when it's like, 'Oh, it's a hot girl fight.,' Herrig said. People knew it was gong to be a great fight, because look where it was on the card, Herrig said. Look at someone like Max Holloway - 11-fight win streak, has more wins in his division than anyone in the UFC.
Ostapenko chases more Wimbledon glory as Kasatkina lurks
' is a question fans and pundits are asking after 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko upset the established tennis order by winning the French Open last month. As the hard-hitting Latvian limbers up for Wimbledon, her near contemporary from Russia, Daria Kasatkina, is staking her own claim to carry the standard for the sport's next generation. Ostapenko, who says Wimbledon is her favorite tournament, won the junior title in 2014. To me, Ostapenko and Kasatkina have very high ceilings and I think it's exciting for women's tennis.

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