Thursday's Sports In Brief

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TENNIS

LONDON (AP) -- Sabine Lisicki advanced to her first Wimbledon final a couple of hours after Marion Bartoli reached her second.

Lisicki, a 2011 semifinalist at the All England Club, beat fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 Thursday on Centre Court, overpowering her opponent at the start and then hanging on despite trailing 3-0 at the end.

Bartoli took control early and never let up in a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens. She also reached the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to Venus Williams in straight sets.

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AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before practices at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps and will inspect the devices, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and high-speed wrecks. Penalties could be possible.

The cars involved included all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries (Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth), all three Roush Fenway Racing entries (Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries (Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip) and both Roger Penske Racing entries (Joey Logano and defending series champion Brad Keselowski). Cars driven by Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola also failed inspection.

The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined to reduce weight.

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) - Formula One drivers threatened to withdraw from the German Grand Prix if there are more tire blowouts during Sunday's race.

Last weekend, a number of blowouts overshadowed the British GP, causing tire supplier Pirelli to introduce a new plan to stop the same thing from happening again.

But the Grand Prix Drivers' Association said in a statement that the drivers would pull out if the problem persists.

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PRO HOCKEY

Flyers captain Claude Giroux isn't leaving Philadelphia any time soon, Danny Briere is heading home to his native Quebec and Patrik Elias is staying in New Jersey.

And leave it to the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars to steal the headlines by completing a blockbuster trade a day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. In exchanging seven players, the rebuilding Stars acquired forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in exchange for veteran forward Loui Eriksson.

The trade should help the Bruins in free agency. They were able to clear about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap, which they can use to add and re-sign players.

Otherwise, the list of high-profile free agents continued to shrink even before the official signing period begins at noon Friday. Briere and Elias became the latest to be taken off a market that's already minus Vincent Lecavalier, who signed with Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Flyers weren't done making splashes either. A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press that Giroux had agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth over $64 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and the extension not revealed by the Flyers.

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PRO BASKETBALL

New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said.

The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NBA rules prevent confirmation of trades until July 10, say Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal, which was first reported by ESPN. The trade also sends guard Terrel Harris to Portland.

NEW YORK (AP) - J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly decades.

The Sixth Man of the Year and the point guard from Argentina both agreed to multiyear deals, their agents confirmed.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free agent forward Earl Clark.

Clark, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, met for two days with the Cavs earlier this week. The deal is worth $9 million, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because NBA teams can't announce free-agent signings until July 10.

The Sporting News first reported Clark's deal.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson from the Utah Jazz, said people familiar with the situation.

Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each year of the deal, with the third season being a player option.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't become official.

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BASEBALL

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Manny Ramirez reported to the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate and said he could play as early as Sunday.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a minor league contract on Wednesday with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Ramirez worked out with the Round Rock Express and told reporters he hopes to play Sunday or Monday.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he thinks he is close to feeling well enough to begin playing in minor league games.

The Yankees' captain says he is now doing everything needed before beginning a rehabilitation assignment.

''I'm anxious to be playing in games,'' Jeter said after working out at the Yankees' minor league complex. ''When they tell me to play, I'll play.''

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CYCLING

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) - German rider Andre Greipel won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.

In baking hot temperatures, Greipel surged ahead some 500 yards from the line and held off a strong challenge from Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel.

Mark Cavendish finished fourth the day after winning his 24th career Tour stage. He was caught in a crash close to the end of the stage and spent a lot of energy catching up with the pack.

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GOLF

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot an 8-under 62 to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Webb Simpson and Jin Park were close behind after 64s. Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and Neal Lancaster were another shot back.

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TRACK AND FIELD

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Tyson Gay ran the year's second-fastest 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds in a victory at the Athletissima Diamond League meet.

Only Gay's world-leading 9.75 to take the U.S. nationals title has been faster this season. His latest effort comes just five weeks before the world championships in Moscow.

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SOCCER

ROME (AP) - Lionel Messi's Argentina will face Mario Balotelli's Italy next month in an exhibition game dedicated to Pope Francis.

After months of talks, the Italian Football Federation announced the match will be held Aug. 14 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. The federation adds that both squads will have audiences with the pope at the Vatican. Pope Francis is from Argentina and an acknowledged soccer fan.

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