Sports
5:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Morning sports update

WITH WAMC SPORTS NEWS, I’M IAN PICKUS.

FOR THE RECORD-TYING SEVENTH TIME, ROGER FEDERER IS WIMBLEDON CHAMPION. THE THIRD-SEED BEAT BRITTON ANDY MURRAY 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 IN SUNDAY’S FINAL, DENYING MURRAY THE CHANCE TO BECOME THE FIRST HOMEGROWN MEN’S CHAMP SINCE 1936. FEDERER IMPROVES TO 17-7 IN GRAND SLAM FINALS, INCLUDING A 7-1 MARK AT THE ALL-ENGLAND CLUB. MURRAY HAS LOST ALL FOUR MAJOR FINALS HE HAS REACHED.

THE FIRST HALF OF BASEBALL SEASON IS IN THE BOOKS. TONIGHT, THE ALL-STARS ARRIVE IN KANSAS CITY FOR THE HOME RUN DERBY. THE ALL-STAR GAME IS TOMORROW. AT THE MIDWAY POINT, THERE HAVE BEEN FIVE NO-HITTERS THIS SEASON, AND THE SURPRISING NATIONALS AND PIRATES ARE EACH IN FIRST PLACE AT THE BREAK.

LAST NIGHT, THE YANKEES PADDED THEIR AL EAST LEAD OVER BALTIMORE TO SEVEN GAMES WITH A 7-3 WIN OVER BOSTON…NEW YORK TOOK THREE OF FOUR THIS WEEKEND AT FENWAY. NEW YORK HAS BASEBALL’S BEST RECORD AT 52-33. IT WAS THE CUBS 7, METS NOTHING…STARLIN CASTRO WITH A THREE-RUN HOMER.

SCOREBOARD NOW, IT WAS THE PIRATES 13, GIANTS 2…PITTSBURGH IS 11 OVER .500 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS. THE REDS DOUBLED UP THE PADRES 4-2. IT WAS ARIZONA 7, L.A. 1. CARDINALS WALK OFF AGAINST MIAMI 5-4. REDS 4, NATS 3…MILWAUKEE AN EXTRA-INNING WINNER OVER HOUSTON 5-3. AND ATLANTA FINISHED OFF A SWEEP OF PHILLY WITH A 4-3 WIN.

AMERICAN LEAGUE, IT WAS THE RANGERS OVER THE TWINS 4-3 IN 13. ANGELS NOTCHING THEIR 13TH SHUTOUT, 6-0 OVER THE ORIOLES. TORONTO 11, CHICAGO 9. THE RAYS SCORED THREE IN THE NINTH TO BEAT CLEVELAND 7-6. DETROIT WINNING ITS FIFTH STRAIGHT, 7-1 OVER K.C. AND OAKLAND GOT PAST SEATTLE 2-1.

AND DEFENDING OLYMPIC CYCLING CHAMP SAMUEL SANCHEZ HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE TOUR DE FRANCE JUST EIGHT STAGES IN…HE COULD MISS THE LONDON OLYMPICS WITH A BROKEN HAND. BRITAIN’S BRADLEY WIGGINS IS THE OVERALL LEADER.