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OLYMPICS-USA BASKETBALL

Paul leaves first practice with thumb injury

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team has opened training camp and quickly had its first injury.

Chris Paul was forced to leave to get an X-ray after hurting his thumb. The Americans don't believe the injury is serious and hope Paul can practice Saturday. Top draft pick Anthony Davis also sat out because of a sprained ankle.

The U.S. team has been severely weakened by injuries, with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Chris Bosh forced to pull out. The Americans opened training camp Friday with 15 players vying for 12 spots. The roster will be announced Saturday night.

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

Federer and Murray looking to make history

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After going 0-for-3 in his previous semifinal appearances at Wimbledon, Andy Murray is one win away from becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to hoist the singles trophy at the All England Club. There's just one problem. The man standing in his way is six-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer.

The fourth-seeded Murray earned a berth in Sunday's final by beating fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the second semifinal on Centre Court.

Federer moved a win away from a record-tying seventh Wimbledon crown with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH'-kuh-vich) in the opener.

It was their 27th meeting, but first on grass. Federer now holds a 15-12 advantage over the Serb in career head to heads.

Federer will recapture the No. 1 ranking with a victory over Murray.

Saturday's women's finale has four-time Wimbledon winner and No. 6 seed Serena Williams going up against third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) of Poland.

Radwanska canceled a news conference today because of a respiratory illness that's making it difficult for her to speak.

Radwanska played with the ailment Thursday, when she beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 and became the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final since 1939.

MLB-NEWS

Holliday replacing Molina on NL All-Star team

UNDATED (AP) — Matt Holliday is replacing St. Louis Cardinals teammate Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah) on the National League All-Star team.

Molina was placed on the bereavement list Friday after his wife's grandfather died. The team said the catcher had returned to his native Puerto Rico.

In other baseball news:

__ The Phillies have activated Ryan Howard, who hasn't played in a major league game since rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out in Philadelphia's loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series last October.

— Outfielder Shelley Duncan is back with Cleveland. He had left the team for two days to be with his wife as she gave birth to twin boys. To make room the Indians optioned infielder Jason Donald to Triple-A Columbus.

NBA-NEWS

Sixers say good bye to Brand and hello to Young

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have used the amnesty clause on veteran forward Elton Brand. The club will get about $18 million in salary cap relief for next season.

Brand was entering the final season of an $80 million, five-year contract. The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player during the new labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax. Brand is still owed the money. Teams under the salary cap can now bid for Brand's services for next season.

The move came the same day the Sixers agreed to terms with free-agent guard Nick Young, who spent four-plus seasons with the Washington Wizards before he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in March. The versatile swingman could take the place of Lou Williams, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Sixers. Young has averaged 11.4 points over his career.

In other NBA news:

— The Brooklyn Nets have signed second-round pick Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas. The Nets acquired the point guard's rights in exchange for cash in a draft-night trade with Portland, bringing the Hoboken, N.J., native back to his home area. The 6-foot-3 Taylor averaged career bests of 16.6 points and 4.8 assists as a senior last season, leading the Jayhawks to the national championship game.

— Spurs guard Tony Parker can play for European runner-up France in the Olympic Games after San Antonio's doctors agreed he has recovered from an eye injury. Parker scratched his left cornea during a nightclub melee in New York last month.

Parker is joining the French squad in Orleans and he could play in a tuneup against England on Saturday. France's first game at the Olympics is against the United States on July 29.

NHL-NEWS

Blue Jackets ink new acquisition...Eller back with Habs

UNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Nick Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) to a three-year, $9.15 million contract.

The club announced the news five days after picking up the 24-year-old left wing in a trade with Ottawa.

Foligno had 15 goals and 32 assists last season. He had 61 goals and 87 assists with 299 penalty minutes in 351 games with the Senators.

Elsewhere around the NHL:

— Phoenix signed restricted free agent Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract. The 26-year-old forward played 53 games for the Coyotes last season, scoring three goals with 13 assists. He also played 15 playoff games as Phoenix made an improbable run to the Western Conference finals, scoring a goal with three assists.

— The Montreal Canadiens re-signed Danish center Lars Eller to a two-year contract Friday. The 23-year-old Eller had 16 goals and 12 assists in 79 games last season, including one memorable four-goal game.

NASCAR

Kenseth has the pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth has won the pole for tomorrow night's race at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth turned a lap at 192.386 mph in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford to earn the top starting spot. He's trying to become the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the season races at Daytona.

Tony Stewart was second, turning a lap at 192.361 in a Chevrolet. Teammate Ryan Newman qualified third at 192.353.

LPGA-U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

Wie rockets up leaderboard

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Michelle Wie (wee) fired a 6-under-par 66 in round two of the U.S. Women's Open and at 4-under for the tournament is tied for second place with first round co-leader Cristie Kerr. They are one stroke behind clubhouse leader Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn), who carded a 68.

Kerr signed for a 71.

A number of players are still on the course.

PGA-GREENBRIAR CLASSIC

Mickelson may be going home early

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is getting a chance to start packing early for the British Open.

Lefty shot a second straight 1-over 71 at the Greenbrier Classic, and with the projected cut at 1 under, it's likely Mickelson will miss weekend play for the second straight year in this event.

Meanwhile, Charlie Beljan and Johnathan Byrd share a two-stroke clubhouse lead at 8 under par after carding 62 and 68, respectively.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-FIRST TEE OPEN

Co-clubhouse leaders at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) —Tom Kite and John Cook have the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the Champions Tour event in Pebble Beach, Calif. Each shot a 5-under 67, one shot better than Mark McNulty and Loren Roberts.

TOUR DE FRANCE

Sagan collects another win...Cancellara still in yellow

EPERNAY, France (AP) —Slovakia's Peter Sagan (SA'-gihn) won a sprint finish to capture a crash-filled sixth stage of the Tour de France. It's his third stage win of the 2012 Tour.

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah) retains the leader's yellow jersey he's worn since winning the prologue.

After days of racing over mostly flat ground, the Tour moves into the mountains during Saturday's 123-mile seventh stage.

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