>>Croatia Defeats England To Reach First World Cup Final
(Moscow) — It’ll be France and Croatia in the World Cup Final on Sunday. Croatia defeated England 2-1 in yesterday’s semifinal in Moscow. The last goal came in the 109th minute after the two teams were tied at one at the end of regulation. It will be Croatia’s first World Cup Final. England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday. The final is on Sunday morning.
>>American John Isner Reaches First Grand Slam Semifinal
(London, England) — American John Isner [[ IZZ-ner ]] is into his first Grand Slam semifinal. The ninth-seeded Isner beat 13th-seeded Milos Raonic [[ ME-los ROW-oh-nitch ]] in four sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. He’ll face eighth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, who fought off a third-set match point and came all the way back to stun top-seeded Roger Federer in five. Rafael Nadal [[ nah-DAHL ]] and Novak Djokovic [[ JOKE-oh-vitch ]] will meet in the other men’s semifinal. American Serena Williams plays Julia Goerges [[ GUR-jess ]] in the women’s semifinals this morning.
>>Cardinals Kept Quiet By White Sox
(Chicago, IL) — The Cardinals were held to four hits in a 4-0 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. Luke Weaver allowed just one run in six frames to take the tough-luck loss. Matt Carpenter’s double was the only extra-base hit for St. Louis. The Cards settled for a split of the two-game Interleague series.
>>Cubs Cut Down By Giants In 13 Innings
(San Francisco, CA) — The Cubs overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit only to lose 5-4 to the Giants in 13 innings in San Francisco. James Norwood gave up the game-winning hit to Buster Posey. Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez homered for Chicago. The Cubs visit the Padres starting tomorrow.
>>Mariners’ Segura, Brewers’ Aguilar Win MLB Final Vote
(New York, NY) — Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar are the winners of MLB’s All-Star Final Vote. They received the most fan votes to earn the 32nd and final All-Star roster spots for the American and National League teams. The All-Star Game is set for Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
>>Nationals’ Harper Highlights HR Derby Field
(New York, NY) — The Nationals’ Bryce Harper highlights Monday’s field for MLB’s annual Home Run Derby. Harper will face off against the Braves’ Freddie Freeman in the first round. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy battles the Cubs’ Javier Baez [[ BY-ez ]], the Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar faces the Phillies’ Rhys [[ Reese ]] Hoskins, and the Astros’ Alex Bregman clashes with the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber.
>>Bulls Drop Mavs In Vegas
(Las Vegas, NV) — The Bulls are moving on in the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs. Wendell Carter Jr. made 9-of-11 shots on his way to 19 points to help Chicago beat the Mavericks 95-83. Carter Jr. added nine rebounds, while fellow first-round pick Chandler Hutchison tallied 16 and 11 boards. The Bulls face the Cavaliers in the second round on Saturday.
>>Former Louisville Basketball Players Sue NCAA
(Louisville, KY) — Several ex-University of Louisville basketball players are suing the NCAA over the loss of the team’s 2013 championship. Lawyers for the group are calling it a wrong that needs to be righted. The NCAA vacated more than 100 wins as punishment for the school’s escort scandal. Former Cardinals players had been meeting with attorneys after the university lost its appeal in February.