Women's final set
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will play for a fifth Wimbledon singles crown on Saturday. The sixth seed beat No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 in the semifinals, winning the second-set tiebreaker 8-6.
Williams served up a Wimbledon record 24 aces en route to a title showdown with Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh). The third seed beat No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match on Centre Court and will be the first player from Poland to participate in a Grand Slam final since 1939.
Williams and Radwanska have met twice in the past, with Williams winning both in straight sets, including the 2008 Wimbledon quarterfinals. This will be her seventh final at the All England Club.
In the men's semifinals on Friday, defending champion Novak Djokovic (JOH'-kuh-vich) will face six-time winner Roger Federer and Andy Murray will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh).
Later than expected start in the Motor City
UNDATED (AP) — The Tigers are out to salvage a split of their four-game series against visiting Minnesota. The Twins are looking to rebound from last night's 5-1 loss to Detroit which snapped a season-high five-game winning streak. The start of today's game was held up by rain for nearly an hour and a-half.
Also this afternoon, the Chicago White Sox are hunting their first three-game sweep of the Rangers in almost 11 years. Texas has dropped three in a row but still has the best record in the major leagues and holds a five-game lead over the L.A. Angels in the AL West. The White Sox are two clear of Cleveland in the Central race.
And there's a National League matinee in Milwaukee, with the Marlins trying to gain a split of their four game series against the hometown Brewers. Veteran slugger Carlos Lee is making his debut for Miami, a day after being acquired from the Houston Astros.
MLB-ALL STAR GAME
All-Star Game skippers tinkering with lineups
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Star Game managers Ron Washington and Tony La Russa say they've been spending most of their spare moments the past few days fidgeting with potential lineups for Tuesday's showcase game in Kansas City.
Of course, La Russa has had a little more time on his hands than Washington, the manager of the major league-leading Texas Rangers.
After guiding the St. Louis Cardinals to a title last season, La Russa retired with three World Series championships on his resume.
Both he and Washington agree that they can't go wrong with all of the talent at their disposal. Both also say they know there will be some disappointed players when the lineups are announced.
Lawsuits flying all around in the Big Easy
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Orleans. It says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') violated the collective bargaining agreement by showing publicly he had determined Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita (foo-JEE'-tuh) had participated in a bounty system even before serving as an arbitrator at their hearing.
Goodell, meanwhile, has filed a motion in the same court to dismiss defamation claims made against him by the fourth player punished as the result of the bounty investigation. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has claimed that his suspension is without merit and that Goodell has made false public comments that have damaged Vilma's reputation and hurt his ability to continue to make a living by playing football and through related endorsement deals.
Among other things, Goodell's motion says Vilma's claims are barred by dispute resolution procedures laid out by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.
Magic and Nelson agree...Pacers sign Plumlee
UNDATED (AP) — The Magic have agreed in principle to a new deal with Jameer Nelson.
Orlando's 30-year-old point guard announced the news on his Twitter account just a week after he opted out of the final season of his contract to test free agency.
Nelson didn't have a lot of leverage. His scoring and assist numbers both were down last season and he shot career-low 42 percent from the field.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
— The Indiana Pacers have signed first-round draft pick Miles Plumlee. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward from Duke was the 26th overall pick in this year's draft. Plumlee averaged 6.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game as a senior for the Blue Devils.
Flyers nab pair of free agents
UNDATED (AP) — The Flyers have signed free agents Ruslan Fedotenko (fehd-oh-TEHN'-koh) and Bruno Gervais.
Fedotenko is a forward entering his 12th NHL campaign. He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. And he helped the Rangers to the Eastern Conference finals last season. This is his second stint with Flyers.
Gervais is a defenseman who had six goals and 13 points in 50 games for Tampa Bay last season. It was his seventh in the NHL.
— The Capitals have re-signed restricted free agent Mathieu Perreault (MA'-tyew payr-OH') to a two-year contract. The 24-year-old center set career highs with 16 goals and 14 assists last season. He has 27 goals and 26 assists in 120 NHL games.
LPGA-U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Crowded at the top
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — There is a three-way tie at the top of the first-round clubhouse leaderboard at the U.S. Women's Open. American Lexi Thompson, Japan's Ai Miyazato and Beatriz Recari of Spain each carded a 2-under-par 70.
South Korea's Meena Lee is just a stroke off the pace as play continues in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Old guys leading the way
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vijay Singh shot a 7-under 63 to post the best score among the early first-round finishers at the Greenbriar Classic.
Jeff Maggert and Martin Flores carded 64s. At 48 years of age, Maggert is one year older than Singh.
U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson, J.B. Holmes and Andres Romero shot 65s.
Coming off last week's win at Congressional, Tiger Woods stumbled to a 1-over-par 71 that included a double-bogey on the par-5 17th hole.
Parker iffy for Olympics
PARIS (AP) — Tony Parker has been included on the 12-man roster for France's Olympic basketball team despite an injured left eye that could keep him from playing in London.
The San Antonio Spurs guard suffered a scratch to his cornea in a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage in a New York nightclub last month.
A final decision on his participation in the London Olympics is expected to be announced in the coming days after Parker meets with the Spurs' medical staff.
France will be missing Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (JOH'-keem NOH'-ah), who is still recovering from a left ankle injury he sustained during the NBA playoffs.
Bolt being cautious
LONDON (AP) — Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt has withdrawn from his final race before the Olympics due to what his coach calls a "slight" injury problem following the Jamaican trials.
Bolt was scheduled to run the 200 meters at the Monaco Diamond League meet on July 20, but has pulled out to have treatment ahead of the London Games.
The Olympic champion and world record-holder in the 100 and 200 meters had his right hamstring stretched out on the track after finishing second to Yohan Blake in the 200 at the Jamaican Olympic trials over the weekend. He also was beaten by Blake in the 100 meters in Kingston.
Armstrong answers back
ROUEN, France (AP) — Lance Armstrong says U.S Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart is waging a "vendetta" against him. The accusation follows reports that five former Armstrong teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that each of the five riders has been given a six-month ban that begin in late September.
At least one of them, Jonathan Vaughters, currently a team director for Garman-Sharp's cycling team, calls the reports "completely untrue."
USADA wouldn't confirm the De Telegraaf report but released a statement warning that those identified could be subject to "unnecessary scrutiny, threats and intimidation."
TOUR DE FRANCE
German wins back-to-back
SAINT-QUENTIN, France (AP) — Andre Greipel (GRAH'-pul) won Thursday's fifth stage of the Tour de France in a tightly bunched sprint finish. It's the German's second straight stage victory.
The top standings didn't change. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah) retains the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day after a mostly flat 121-mile trek. Bradley Wiggins of Britain is second overall, seven seconds behind, and defending champion Cadel (kuh-DEHL') Evans of Australia remains 17 seconds off the pace in seventh.