BC-AP Sports Preview Digest
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– LONDON – Limping between points and fading down the stretch, defending champion Andy Murray is stunned by 24th-seeded Sam Querrey of the U.S. in five sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The other quarterfinals are Roger Federer vs. Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych.
– LONDON – If past success were all that mattered when Venus Williams faces Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday, the matchup would be quite a mismatch.
– Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros and Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the class of each league as baseball resumes after the All-Star break. The Washington Nationals could join them if they can bring in a closer ahead of the trade deadline, and don’t forget about the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians as they try to find the magic that got them to the World Series last year.
– OKLAHOMA CITY – New Thunder player Paul George talks to the media for the first time since Oklahoma City’s blockbuster trade with the Indiana Pacers. News conference at 7 p.m.
– TAMPA, Fla. – The U.S. men’s soccer team looks to rebound from a subpar CONCACAF Gold Cup-opening performance when it faces Martinique, which sits atop the Group B standings heading into the match at Raymond James Stadium. Game starts 9 p.m.
– ATLANTA – Darren Eales sensed potential for a rabid soccer fan base in Atlanta long before the first-year expansion club first took the pitch. But the Atlanta United president had no idea how quickly it would blossom. Atlanta leads the MLS in attendance, averaging 46,482 fans per game through seven home matches.
– LOS ANGELES – Retired quarterback Peyton Manning hosts The ESPYS honoring the top athletes and moments from the past year in sports. Show starts 8 p.m.
– HOOVER, Ala. – Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze arrived in the SEC West with reputations for breakneck fast offenses and winning, and have had seasons where they lived up to the billing. All three find themselves potentially on the hot seat, while it’s getting a little warm for Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Tennessee’s Butch Jones.
– HOOVER, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban probably didn’t have to work too hard to motivate his players in the offseason. Just mentioning that national championship game loss should do the trick.
– BRISBANE, Australia – Manny Pacquiao still disagrees with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn, despite an independent re-scoring of the July 2 fight, and says he has no plans to retire.