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Cristiano Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid To Join Juventus

After nine years, 16 trophies and 451 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid. The Portugal star, 33, is to join reigning Serie A champion Juventus from the Champions League holder for a reported $117 million transfer fee.   An announcement on the Juventus website Tuesday read: “He’s called Cristiano Ronaldo and he’s now officially a Bianconero.”  The club also confirmed that Ronaldo would sign a four year contract, tying him to Juve until 2022. Real Madrid had earlier released a statement “expressing its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.” In an open letter to fans, Ronaldo said that he had “reflected a lot” and knew that “the time has come for a new cycle.” Last season, the Portuguese star scored a stunning bicycle kick against Juventus in Turin, which was widely viewed as one of world’s greatest ever Champions League goals. ...Read more

France First Team In World Cup Final By Beating Belgium 1-0

France has made it back in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006.  Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semifinals. The French danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 but had been hoping to eliminate his native country as Belgium’s assistant coach. France’s fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match. On Sunday in the final in Moscow, France will face either Croatia or England, who play Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital. ...Read more

Luc Mbah a Moute Agrees To 1-Year Deal To Return To LA Clippers

The LA Clippers and Luc Mbah a Moute have reportedly agreed to a new deal that will bring the forward back to Los Angeles. The former Houston Rockets’ wing is leaving the team that was one win away from the NBA Finals and coming back to the team where he spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Mbah a Moute averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. He missed time early in the season and then again late with a dislocated shoulder, but appears to be recovered from the injury. ...Read more

Serena Williams, Roger Federer Reach Wimbledon Quarterfinals

Serena Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-2 on Monday. No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. It’s the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. It’s also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era. In the men’s tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France. Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon. Ninth-seeded American John Isner, No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada and No. 24 Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced. ...Read more

Braves, Cubs And Red Sox Lead All-Star Game Lineups

The American League’s starting outfield for next week’s All-Star Game features the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, New York Yankees’s Aaron Judge and Boston’s Mookie Betts all getting nods. The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs lead the National League’s roster with two starters apiece. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, voted an All-Star for the fourth straight year, is batting just .218 this season, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds out the outfield for the National League, with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford joining Baez and Freeman in the infield for the NL. Baltimore’s Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the American League, with Chicago’s Jose Abreu, Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez joining him in the infield. Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos will start at catcher for the American League. ...Read more

Minnesota Twins Sign First-Round Pick Trevor Larnach For $2.55 Million

The Minnesota Twins have signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach to a minor league contract that includes a $2.55 million signing bonus. Larnach, an 21 year old outfielder who helped lead Oregon State to the College World Series championship, was selected with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft. He hit .327 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs this season for the Beavers. At the College World Series, Larnach hit .417 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games. The Twins announced the contract Thursday.  ...Read more

Oakland Raiders Second-Year Corner Gareon Conley Sues Rape Accuser For False Allegations

Weeks before he was drafted in 2017, Oakland Raiders’ cornerback Gareon Conley was accused of raping a woman; he has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio. Now the former first rounder is seeking a payout for defamation, believing it was enough to drive away corporate sponsorship. The court documents speak directly of a coveted Nike contract he had to pass up on. Conley believes his accuser lied out of spite, and is pushing his lawsuit for a “malicious criminal prosecution,” so he can recover the funds he would have gained, had it not been for his legal issues. Conley is expected to earn a starting berth for the Oakland Raiders, in his 2nd NFL season. ...Read more

NY Yankees Rookie Gleyber Torres Goes On 10-Day DL With Right Hip Strain

Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres is going on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain, New York announced Wednesday. Torres has been trying to fight through some pain lately, but after missing Tuesday’s game and going 0 for 2 with two strikeouts Wednesday, the Yankees made the decision to put him on the DL.  “I think Gleyber wants to take a couple days and work through it,” manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Braves. “But I think he also understands this is the best thing for him and for us.” Torres leads all rookies in MLB with 42 RBIs. He is second in home runs with 15. Neil Walker will likely see more time at second base in Torres’ absence. ...Read more

No. 2 Seed Caroline Wozniacki Eliminated From Wimbledon, Loses Match To Ekaterina Makarova

World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki was the latest big name to be eliminated from the Wimbledon tournament as she lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. Wozniacki spent much of the second set complaining about the conditions on Number One Court, growing frustrated by the vast number of insects buzzing around the arena and even telling the chair umpire, “I am here to focus on playing tennis, not eating bugs,” while she appeared to be struggling with her footing on a slippery court later on. With Wozniacki and Kvitova both eliminated, the likes of Simona Halep, defending champion Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams will seize the chance to go all the way. ...Read more