LONDON (AP) It had been, famously, more than 75 years since a British man arrived at Wimbledon as the defending champion.
So Andy Murray took a moment to take in the sights and sounds at Centre Court as nearly 15,000 spectators, including Shaquille O’Neal up in the Royal Box, rose to greet him with a raucous standing ovation.
Murray then went out and beat 105th-ranked David Goffin of Belgium, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory for Murray. No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic won in similarly easy fashion, beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-1, 6-4. However, three lower-seeded men lost: No. 18 Fernando Verdasco, No. 25 Andrea Seppi and No. 31 Vasek Pospisil.
Venus Williams got her first victory at Wimbledon since 2011. But there were losses for 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, 18th-seeded Sloane Stephens and 27th-seeded Garbine Muguruza, the 20-year-old Spaniard who surprisingly beat Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open last month.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – With a $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge suggested the terms of a family trust are clear enough to remove Donald Sterling as a trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent.
At one point, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the Sterlings’ trust agreement is so unambiguous that ”I could decide this case in five minutes.”
At the center of the volatile court battle are reports from three doctors who examined the 80-year-old Sterling and found he shows symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. His lawyers argued he should be able to call his own experts at a trial set for July 7.
The judge said the trust agreement provides that if two doctors examined Sterling and found he lacked the capacity to manage his own affairs, he would be removed as a trustee. There is no provision to contest the decision, he said.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tim Duncan could have easily gone out on top, with his fifth NBA championship trophy under his arm and his health intact just a few months after his 38th birthday.
There’s just no way. Duncan is having too much fun with his San Antonio Spurs coaches and teammates, and he’s playing too well to call it quits now.
Duncan has decided to exercise the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return next season. Since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 1997, Duncan leads all NBA players in wins and has won two MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVPs.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby’s sudden loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers to win 9-8 in the opener of the best-of-three College World Series finals.
Tyler Campbell continued his improbable breakout for the Commodores (50-20), doubling twice in the third inning. His second double came off reliever Whit Mayberry with the bases loaded to put Vanderbilt up 9-2.
But Virginia (52-15) chipped away, scoring three runs in the third, two in the fifth and another in the eighth to make it a one-run game.
Adam Ravenelle came on in the ninth to get the last three outs for his second save of the CWS.
NEW YORK (AP) – Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies will be the captains for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.
The event will be held July 14 at Target Field, the night before the showcase game in Minneapolis.
Bautista will pick the other four members of the American League team for the derby. Tulowitzki will invite four players for the National League side.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Willie Desjardins was hired as coach of the Canucks, succeeding the fired John Tortorella after a season in which Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
This is Desjardins’ first NHL head coaching job. He was an assistant with the Dallas Stars from 2010 to 2012 and most recently led the AHL’s Texas Stars to a Calder Cup title. Desjardins is the 18th head coach in Canucks history.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Gerard Gallant has been introduced as the new coach of the Florida Panthers.
Gallant spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens and saw there how quickly a team’s fortunes can turn around. When he joined Montreal, the Canadiens were coming off a season where they finished last in the Eastern Conference.
They won a division title the next season, and topped the 100-point mark in the standings this past season.
He’s hoping to work the same magic in Florida, which struggled again last season and hasn’t won a playoff series since making a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996. The Panthers were 27 points out of the final playoff spot in the East last season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.
Umberger began his NHL career with the Flyers in 2005-06 and had 49 goals and 67 assists in 228 games over three seasons from 2005-2008. He was traded to Columbus on June 20, 2008. Last season, Umberger had 18 goals and 16 assists in 74 games to help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs.
Hartnell appeared in 517 games for the Flyers over seven seasons with 157 goals and 169 assists.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A report released detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation into the former Penn State assistant football coach.
The report, commissioned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about Sandusky and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.