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Lisicki wins to set up unlikely Wimbledon final with Bartoli

LONDON — No one would have guessed that Sabine Lisicki is allergic to grass as she joyfully rolled on the most famous rectangle of turf after surviving a heart-pumping, nerve-jangling epic to set up a mind-boggling Wimbledon final against Marion Bartoli.

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Braves' 3B Johnson easy to overlook

Chris Johnson is easy to overlook on a Braves roster that focuses on the long-ball.. The third baseman, who mainly bats eighth in the order, has been one of the team's most consistent hitters all season.. He showed his ability to deliver the big hit again Tuesday against the

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Murray, Del Potro hang tough at Wimbledon

LONDON -- Andy Murray's predicted stroll to the Wimbledon final became a hazardous obstacle course on Wednesday as he was forced to claw back a two-set deficit against Fernando Verdasco to join top seed Novak Djokovic in the last four.. The imperious Djokovic, the man Murray is expected to

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Djokovic and Serena restore calm on tranquil Thursday

LONDON -- An air of calm descended at Wimbledon on "Tranquil Thursday" as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams avoided the trail of destruction that had decimated the field at the All England Club on day three of the grasscourt major.

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Patriots' Hernandez faces murder charge

Pro football player Aaron Hernandez faces first-degree murder and five other charges in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old acquaintance Odin Lloyd, whose body was found more than a week ago about a half mile from the North Attleborough, Mass., home of Hernandez.. "Based on the

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Williams has mental edge over rest of field at Wimbledon

LONDON -- Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon to defend her title with seeds of doubt and defeatism already sown in the minds of her opponents.. The psychological scars of playing the younger Williams sister run deep in the women's game and, now that the American has dusted off the red

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Braves rally for 6-5 win over Giants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves showed the San Francisco Giants on Saturday why they have the best home record in the majors.. Freddie Freeman capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning with a bases-loaded single off Giants closer Sergio Romo that gave the Braves a 6-5 victory

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Farmer signs with Tigers

Buck Farmer was one of 19 recent draft picks to officially sign with the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday evening.

Rochester shuts out Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For all intents and purposes, the Rochester Red Wings had clinched the four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves before the top of the first inning had concluded Friday.. Rochester scored seven times in the opening half inning and cruised to a 11-0 victory in International League play

Tigers draft Farmer in fifth round

Former Rockdale pitcher Buck Farmer was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft Friday.

De Vries handles Gwinnett

Cole De Vries didn’t have a particularly memorable beginning to his fourth stint at Triple-A Rochester, allowing 14 earned runs in his first seven innings. But De Vries’ last two starts have been fairly similar, and Wednesday he got his first win for his old team.

Braves trade Francisco for minor-leaguer

Juan Francisco was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league left-handed pitcher Tom Keeling.. Francisco provides an option at first base and a left-hander off the bench who can also play third base if Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup. Yuniesky Betancourt

Falcons like what they see from Peters

The defensive line was an offseason priority for the Falcons.. In addition to signing defensive end Osi Umenyiora in free agency and drafting two defensive ends, the Falcons are hoping that defensive tackle Corey Peters can return to form after a sub-par season in 2012.. Peters appeared much faster

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Late Memorial birdies give Donald major boost

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Luke Donald gave himself a timely boost for next week's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by piling up 13 birdies in his last two rounds at the Memorial Tournament, which ended at Muirfield Village on Sunday.

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Braves' Gattis reaching folk hero status

El Oso Blanco continues impressive play in breakthrough season