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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

MLB roundup: Rays flirt with perfect game in beating O's

Ryan Yarbrough and Ryne Stanek combined to retire the first 24 Baltimore hitters, and visiting Tampa Bay got homers from Austin Meadows and Michael Brosseau as the Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Stanek went the first two innings as the opener and retired the first six hitters with two strikeouts. Yarbrough (8-3), just called up from Triple-A Durham, entered and retired the Orioles in order through the eighth.

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49ers, PK Gould agree to deal, beat franchise deadline

Robbie Gould and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal on Monday, beating the 4 p.m. deadline for franchise players to receive a new contract. Animosity between Gould and the 49ers seemed to be a roadblock after he was given the prohibitive franchise tag in March, limiting his ability to sign elsewhere. Gould stated at the time that moving closer to his family -- which maintained residence in Chicago -- was a top priority.

Reports: Lakers' Davis pulls out of Basketball Cup

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is pulling out of participation in Team USA and the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer. Davis, acquired by the Lakers this month in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, said he will not participate in the USA Basketball training camp and FIBA Basketball World Cup to focus on the upcoming NBA season, per multiple reports.

Lack of love fuels Djokovic desire to be top dog

Maybe when the fans start serenading Novak Djokovic in a Centre Court love-in it will be time for the Serb to call it a day. When he starts receiving the same adoration reserved almost exclusively for Roger Federer in Sunday's epic Wimbledon final, maybe his resolve will soften, his hunger for the fight diminish, his love of "sticking it to them" fade.

Rookie van Aert wins 10th stage of Tour de France

Tour de France rookie Wout van Aert of Belgium won Monday's 10th stage in a sprint finish. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe was able to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey after crosswinds caused chaos in the peloton during the 217.5-kilometer (135.2-mile) ride from Saint-Flour to Albi.

Hamilton expects struggling Vettel to come back stronger

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is backing Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel to shrug off a run of poor form and mistakes after another nightmare weekend in Britain. While Mercedes driver Hamilton took his record sixth British Grand Prix on Sunday, Vettel rear-ended Red Bull's Max Verstappen, was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision and finished 16th.

Wimbledon champion Halep enjoys Romania's adulation

Romania's presidency and the Orthodox Church awarded Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep their highest distinctions on Monday while hundreds of fans cheered her home after she blitzed U.S. opponent Serena Williams at the weekend. Halep, 27, became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title after stunning seven-times champion Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the 56-minute match final on Saturday.

Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic to win fifth title

Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth Wimbledon crown in the longest singles final in the tournament's 133-year history on Sunday. The indefatigable 32-year-old withstood almost five hours of Federer brilliance, dredging his tank of mental and physical fortitude to prevail 7-6(5) 1-6 7-6(4) 4-6 13-12(3) in the first Wimbledon singles final decided by a tiebreak.

Former world champion Whitaker dies after being hit in Virginia

Former U.S. world champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to police. He was 55. Whitaker was a world champion in four divisions - WBC lightweight, IBF light welterweight, WBC welterweight and WBA light middleweight. He retired in 2001 after compiling a 40-4-1 record including 17 knockouts and later worked as a trainer.

Cliff divers leap from Beirut landmark in international tour

Cliff divers used to competing in isolated spots have been leaping into the Mediterranean in bustling Beirut, the first time the Lebanese capital's landmark Raouche Rock has hosted an international contest. The towering rock, also known as Pigeons Rock, is an enduring symbol of a city where many other landmarks were destroyed by the 1975-90 civil war.

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