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Federer beats Roddick for 15th slam

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - In an epic duel for his sixth Wimbledon crown, Roger Federer has broken Pete Sampras's record for men's Grand Slam titles.

Federer claimed 15th major championship by defeating Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 in the Wimbledon final. Federer's day included a career-high 50 aces and 107 winners in a match that lasted four hours and 16 minutes.

It was the longest men's Grand Slam final in history at 77 games, breaking the previous record of 71 from 1927 in Australia. It also allowed Federer to become only the third man in 40 years to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

Roddick had 27 aces and 74 winners but fell to 2-19 all-time against Federer.

Federer also reclaims the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') after losing it last summer.

The 27-year-old Federer calls his record 15th Grand Slam title "staggering" and adds: "It's crazy that I've been able to win so many in such a short period of time."


Police calling McNair shooting a homicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville police say the shooting death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair is a homicide. However, authorities have stopped short of saying it was a murder-suicide committed by the 20-year-old girlfriend found dead by his side.

A police spokesman says McNair was shot four times and companion Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL' kah-ZEE'-mee) was killed by a single gunshot. The pistol was found under her body, according to the spokesman, who also said the two had been in a "dating relationship for several months."

Police say they need to do more interviews with friends of Kazemi and McNair before they rule on whether her death was a suicide.

The 4-time Pro Bowl selection was married with four children. He and Kazemi were found dead Saturday afternoon at a Nashville condominium he shared with a friend.

Big Unit hurts shoulder...Streaking Rangers sweep Rays for fifth straight win

(AP) - San Francisco Giants' left-hander Randy Johnson has strained his throwing shoulder in the Giants' 7-1 loss to Houston. The 303-game winner gave up solo homers to Hunter Pence and Jason Michaels and is scheduled for an MRI exam Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Johnson fell to 8-6 after giving up four runs on five hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Roy Oswalt pitched eight solid innings for the win. He's 5-4. Miguel Tejada (teh-HAH'-dah) also hit a solo home run for the Astros, who had been shut out in their previous two games against the Giants.

In the rest of the NL:

The L.A. Dodgers edged San Diego 7-6 tie on James Loney's leadoff homer in the top of the 13th inning. That gives the Dodgers a 7.5-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a 3-game sweep by belting two homers off the ace of their chief rival. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley went deep off Johan Santana as the Phillies blanked the New York Mets 2-0. Joe Blanton held the Mets to four hits over 7 1-3 innings to help the Phils keep their 1-game lead over Florida in the NL East.

The Marlins kept pace with Philadelphia as Ricky Nolasco struck out 12 over eight innings of a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh. Jeremy Hermida (hur-MEE'-duh) and John Baker each had two hits and an RBI as the Marlins won their fourth consecutive home series.

Scott Olsen came within one out of a complete game, and newly acquired Nyjer (NY'-jur) Morgan had three hits in Washington's 5-3 triumph over Atlanta.

Colby Rasmus belted a two-run homer before Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) and Joe Thurston each added two RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-1 rout of Cincinnati.

Derrek Lee and Jake Fox pounded out two-run homers as the Chicago Cubs knocked off Milwaukee 8-2. That drops the Brewers a game behind the Cardinals in the NL Central.

Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Felipe Lopez singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead Arizona's 4-3 verdict over Colorado.

In the AL:

The Texas Rangers won their fifth in a row, 5-2 over Tampa Bay. The Rangers remain tied with the L.A. Angels atop the AL West. The skidding Rays have lost four straight and are now six games back of Boston in the AL East.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a tying two-run homer for his second home run in two days in the Los Angeles Angels' 9-6 win over Baltimore.

The Boston Red Sox were able to keep their 1-game lead in the American League East by salvaging the finale of a 3-game set with Seattle, 8-4. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh), Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz homered.

The New York Yankees stayed a game behind Boston by turning an 8-4 deficit into a 10-8 win over Toronto. Derek Jeter went 4 for 5, including a go-ahead, two-run homer that sent the Yanks to their 10th victory in 11 games.

Justin Morneau ripped a two-run homer while the Minnesota Twins scored six times in the fourth inning of a 6-2 win against Detroit. Nick Blackburn went the distance on a seven-hitter.

Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) got his fourth RBI in two days and Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3.

Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings as Oakland downed Cleveland 5-2 to avoid a 3-game sweep. Gonzalez struck out eight and scattered six hits in his second career victory and first of the season.

Pujols grabs most votes for All-Star game

NEW YORK (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) led all players in the All-Star balloting and will represent the host city in the National League lineup a week from Tuesday night. The other Cards representative is catcher Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh). Joining Pujols in the NL infield are Mets third baseman David Wright, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez (ih-BAHN'-yehz) and Carlos Beltran of the Mets were voted in as the starting outfielders, although Beltran isn't expected to play due to a knee injury.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the top AL vote-getter for the American League All-Star team and will be joined in the lineup by teammate and first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh). Josh Hamilton of Texas, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Boston's Jason Bay were elected as the AL starting outfielders. Filling out the AL starting lineup for the 80th All-Star game in St. Louis are Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer.

Wedge safe for now

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge has received a vote of confidence.

Indians general manager Mark Shapiro (shuh-PY'-roh) says Wedge and the entire coaching staff will remain in place the rest of the season despite the team's American League-worst 33-49 record. Shapiro spread the blame for the team's dismal season to the players, the front office, the manager and his staff.

Reports: Wallace agrees to deal with Celtics

(AP) - Two Boston newspapers are reporting the Celtics have reached an agreement with free agent Rasheed Wallace. Wallace, who played the last six seasons in Detroit, has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons and averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season in Motown.


Armstrong 40 seconds off the lead

MONACO (AP) - Lance Armstrong is in 10th place, 40 seconds off the lead after the second day of the Tour de France. The 7-time champion finished safely in the trailing pack but didn't lose any ground on leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.

Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 116-mile stage.

Final round drama for Woods

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods' 68th career victory has moved him to the top of the PGA Tour money list by winning the tournament he hosts.

Woods closed with a 3-under-par 67 for a 13-under total and a one-stroke win over Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) at the AT&T National near Washington, D.C. Woods sank a 20-foot birdie on 16 to claim his third victory of the year.

Mahan tied a course record with a 62 to finish alone in second, three shots ahead of third-round co-leader Anthony Kim.

Bryce Molder, Paul Goydos and Brandt Snedeker earned spots in the British Open with high finishes at the AT&T National. The British Open starts a week from Thursday.

Yi wins

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Eunjung Yi (IHN'-juhng ee) managed to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic despite blowing a six-shot lead. She drained a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Morgan Pressel.

Yi was even-par in the final round to end up 18-under.

Michelle Wie (wee) finished in a three-way tie for third at 16-under.

Wilson wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Justin Wilson has given Dale Coyne Racing its first victory since the team was formed in 1984, taking the IRL's Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Wilson started on the front row and beat pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe by almost five seconds. Scott Dixon was third, followed by Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) and Marco Andretti.

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