MIDWEST LEAGUE BASEBALL…
Kane County 3, South Bend 2
West Michigan 9, Quad Cities 5
Lansing 8, Peopia 2
Great Lakes 6, Cedar Rapids 2
Kane County At South Bend, 7:05
Quad Cities At West Michigan, 7:05
Lansing At Peoria, 7:35
Great Lakes At Cedar Rapids, 7:35
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TONIGHT…
Houston At Texas 8:05
Pittsburgh at Cubs, 2:20
Tigers at Kansas City, 8:15
White Sox at Oakland, 10:07
OFF THE FIELD IN BASEBALL…
Work crews have begun extending the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, a step the White Sox are taking following a couple of high-profile injuries this season. The south siders became the first major league team to take the step after a line drive by Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. struck a 4-year-old girl in Houston in May. A woman was hit by a foul ball off the bat of White Sox slugger Eloy Jimnez in Chicago on June 10.
Minnesota 73, Chicago 72
Las Vegas 74, Indiana 71
The top three men’s seeds have advanced to Friday’s Wimbledon semifinals, which means a 40th meeting between No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Rafael Nadal.
Federer knocked off eighth seed Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to become the first player to earn 100 victories at a single Grand Slam event. Federer was broken in his opening service game but didn’t have much trouble after that.
Nadal set up a much-anticipated rematch by beating Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Nadal was broken when serving for the first set at 5-4. But he converted his fourth break point in the next game and saved three break points at 6-5 before finally clinching the set.
Nadal is 24-15 all-time against Federer, including a 10-3 mark in Grand Slams. They haven’t met at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, when Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set as dusk descended.
Friday’s other semifinal match will have defending champion and top-ranked Novak Djokovic against No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic trailed 4-3 in the opening set before winning the next 10 games in a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 victory over David Goffin.
It will be Djokovic’s ninth trip to the semifinals as he seeks his fifth Wimbledon title.
Agut reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Guido Pella, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The Spaniard broke Pella in the opening game of the first two sets, and then again for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Thursday’s women’s semifinals will have Serena Williams versus Barbora Strycova after seventh seed Simona Halep takes on No. 8 Elina Svitolina.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS…
The NCAA has charged North Carolina State with four violations, accusing a former assistant coach of providing payments and benefits connected to the recruitment of one-and-done basketball player Dennis Smith Jr. The school says it received its notice of allegations and now has 90 days to respond. The notice includes four serious charges, with two potential top-level charges. The NCAA alleges Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits.
Matthew Wolff made a name for himself by winning the 3M Open in his fourth PGA Tour start after turning pro. The 20-year-old will try to make it two in a row this weekend at the John Deere Classic. Play begins today.