Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon title

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Roger Federer wins 7th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Once the Centre Court roof was closed, nothing could stop Roger Federer from winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras' record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday. Once Murray's forehand landed wide on match point, Federer collapsed to the grass with tears welling in his eyes. He got up quickly and shook hands with Murray at the net. Up in the players' box, Federer's wife and twin daughters cheered and smiled as Federer took his seat to await yet another Wimbledon trophy presentation. Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon. Murray dropped to 0-4 in major finals, with three of those losses coming against Federer. Besides Sampras, 1880s player William Renshaw also won seven Wimbledon titles, but he did it at a time when the defending champion was given a bye into the following year's final. Britain has been waiting 76 years for a homegrown men's champion at the All England Club, and the expectations on Murray were huge. Thousands of fans watched the match on a huge screen on "Murray Mount," but left the grounds still waiting for a British winner. Inside the stadium, Prince William's wife, Kate, sat in the Royal Box along with David Beckham, British Prime Minister David Cameron and a slew of former Wimbledon champions. Many of them left a bit disappointed as well. With his victory, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, allowing him to equal Sampras' record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player. At the start of the match, Murray was the one dictating play and winning the tough points. He broke Federer in the first game of the first set, and then broke again late before serving it out. It was the first -- and only -- set Murray has won in his four major finals. The second set was much more even, and both had early break points that they couldn't convert. Federer, however, finally got it done in the final game of the set, hitting a backhand drop volley that Murray couldn't get to. Both held easily to start the third set, but then the rain started abruptly, suspending play for 40 minutes. Shortly after they returned, it turned into a one-man show. With Federer leading 3-2, they played a 26-point, 20-minute game in which Federer finally converted his sixth break point -- after Murray had slipped on the grass three times. Federer lost only five points on his serve in that set.

Kim gets a second straight start against Houston

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Kim gets a second straight start against Houston

In a season full of firsts for Hyun Soo Kim, he gets another one on Thursday night. He’ll start in consecutive games for the first time. 

It was two months ago that the Orioles sought, against Kim’s will, and his contract, to send him to Norfolk. He refused the assignment, and was on the Opening Day roster. 

Despite often having a week between starts, Kim has hit well. On Wednesday night, Kim was 3-for-3 and had two doubles, his first game with multiple extra-base hits. 

In April, Kim batted .600 in six games. This month, he’d been just 2-for-14 before his perfect night, which also included a walk. 

Kim is batting a robust .438 (14-for-32), and for a team desperate to avoid strikeouts, he could be the answer. He’s only struck out twice this season and walked five times for a .514 on-base percentage. 

 

Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Are Nats better than the Mets?

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Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Are Nats better than the Mets?

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The Nationals just wrapped up their series against the Mets, making this a good time to discuss where they stand in the NL East and what they still need to work on.

Tim Murray and I went into the Mets series and what we learned. We also gave our thoughts on the Matt Harvey disaster and whether he should have spoken to the media.

Tim and I compared Daniel Murphy's numbers to those of Brandon Phillips and Ben Zobrist, the other two players the Nats targeted this offseason to play second base. We also wondered the best way to use Michael Taylor and whether he should be dangled at the trade deadline.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

You can listen to the show on ESPN 980's website or download the show on iTunes.

Wizards' John Wall denied spot on All-NBA teams

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Wizards' John Wall denied spot on All-NBA teams

No member of the Wizards landed on any of the All-NBA teams last season when Washington reached the playoffs for a second straight season. Therefore it seemed logical that history would repeat itself even though John Wall finished with another statistically impressive season.

Wall received a few votes for the 2015-16 version, but not enough to land on the first, second or third team. 

Golden State guard Stephen Curry, Cleveland forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook received the most points. Thunder star Kevin Durant was selected to the second team.

Voters -- sportswriters and broadcasters -- selected players for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams and were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. 

Wall, a clear snub last season, received five votes -- one for second team -- totaling seven points. Point guards with more points included Curry (645) and Westbrook (627). Chris Paul (353) and Damian Lillard (217) were selected to the second team while Kyle Lowry (155) made the third team. Isaiah Thomas (20) also received more points than Wall, who finshed just ahead of Kemba Walker.

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Selected to his third All-Star team this season, Wall finished third in the NBA with 10.2 assists while leading the Wizards wth 19.2 points per game. 

Because the NBA forces voters to vote for specific positions, somebody had to be named first-team center. This year that apparently meant DeAndre Jordan, who isn't one of the league's 15 best players and certainly not the top player on his own team (Hi, Chris Paul). That voting scenario might have made more sense back in the day when players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon roamed the court, but not in this era. Either way, elminiating the position-specific voting would have results reflect the reality of the game. In this point guard dominant era, that would give the likes of Wall a better shot at league-wide honors.

2015-16 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      LeBron James, Cleveland                                           125                  4                     --             637
   Forward      Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio                                     94                    35                   --            575
   Center         DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers                                  39                    36                   14           317    
    Guard        Stephen Curry, Golden State                                      129                  --                    --            645       
    Guard        Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City                            120                  9                     --            627       
                                                                                                           
2015-16 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City                                    36                    90                   2                   452
   Forward      Draymond Green, Golden State                                 40                    74                   9                  431
   Center         DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento                                 32                    28                   33                 277    
    Guard        Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers                                            8                      101                 10                 353   
    Guard        Damian Lillard, Portland                                             --                      48                 73                217

2015-16 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

   Position      Player, Team                                                             1st Team     2nd Team      3rd Team     Total
   Forward      Paul George, Indiana                                                    --                     28                 73                 157
   Forward      LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio                                3                      11                 55                103
   Center         Andre Drummond, Detroit                                           13                    26                 30                 173    
    Guard        Klay Thompson, Golden State                                     --                     37                 53                 164   
    Guard        Kyle Lowry, Toronto                                                    --                     35                50                  155

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): James Harden, Houston, 106; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 84; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 76 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 76 (2); Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 44; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 26; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 24 (1); Isaiah Thomas, Boston, 20; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 16 (2); Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 12; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 8; John Wall, Washington, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 6; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 3; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 3; Dwight Howard, Houston, 3; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 2; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 2; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 1; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1.