Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Sunday became the first man in the Open era to win eight Wimbledon titles and 19 Grand Slams. At 35, Federer also became the oldest man in the era to win at the All England Club, the venue where the Wimbledon tournament is held.
He faced off against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the finals, prevailing 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 as Cilic struggled with a blister on his foot. "It is cruel sometimes," Federer said of Cilic's mishap, "but Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament." Watch the moment of the win below. Bonnie Kristian
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Spain's Garbine Muguruza, 23, triumphed over American tennis champion Venus Williams, 37, in the women's singles finals at Wimbledon Saturday, securing a 7-5, 6-0 win to take her second Grand Slam title. Had the match gone the other way, Williams would have become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.
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Williams is "such an incredible player," Muguruza said of her rival. "I grew up watching her play, so it's incredible to play the final [against her] here. Of course I'm nervous. I've always dreamed to be here. The first set was very tough. We both had a lot of chances. [Venus' sister] Serena [Williams] told me two years ago that one day I was going to win. So here I am." Bonnie Kristian
Australian boxer Jeff Horn won the WBO world welterweight title against Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday in a battle many observers argued was unfairly judged against Pacquiao.
This is what's wrong with boxing. Horn was very game but I'm hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch! #PacHorn
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 2, 2017
The stats from the Pacquiao/Horn fight pic.twitter.com/qcEcTn7yTH
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The Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols on Saturday became the 9th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs, in a game against the Minnesota Twins. "I'm just glad to be on that list, man," Pujols said. "Whether it was a solo homer, a grand slam, I'm just glad that it happened tonight. It's a pretty special feeling."
The last player to achieve this record was the Twins' Jim Thome in 2011. Other record-holders include the legendary Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. Watch Pujols swat his 600th home run below. Bonnie Kristian
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In the second game of the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Sunday night at Wrigley Field. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers only gave up two hits over seven innings, and Kenley Jansen had a six-out save. Adrian Gonzalez hit the game's lone home run in the second inning. The series is now tied 1-1, and the next three games will be held in Los Angeles. Catherine Garcia
In order to prevent and treat head injuries among football players, the NFL says it will allocate $100 million for "independent medical research and engineering advancements."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the funding is in addition to the $100 million the league has already pledged for medical research of brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had severe or repeated hits to the head. The NFL also said it is "establishing an independent, scientific advisory board comprising leading doctors, scientists, and clinicians to engage in a clear process to identify and support the most compelling proposals for scientific research into concussions, head injuries, and their long-term effects."
There "may be an increase" in reported concussions since the league began its campaign to prevent head injuries, Goodell said, and while the NFL does not want to see more players hurt, an increase in self-reporting and screening could help determine preventive measures. "Our game, of course, is a contact sport," he said. "Fans love to see the action on the field, including the big hits. While we can never completely eliminate the risk of injury, we are always striving to make the game safer — for our professional athletes down to young athletes first learning how to play." Catherine Garcia
Karolina Pliskova defeated Serena Williams during the U.S. Open semifinals Thursday, 6-2, 7-6, becoming the fourth person to beat Williams and her sister, Venus, in the same Grand Slam.
Williams was eyeing her 23rd Grand Slam title and seventh U.S. Open championship. Last year, she was also beaten in the U.S. Open semifinals, and with her defeat, Williams lost the No. 1 ranking she has held for a record-tying 186 weeks; when the new rankings are released on Monday, Angelique Kerber will move up to No. 1.
Pliskova, 24, of the Czech Republic, is the No. 10 seed, and will play either Kerber or Caroline Wozniacki in the championship on Saturday. "I had a goal today, to beat Serena," she said after the game. "And that's what I did. I don't believe it. Actually, I do believe it. I knew I could beat anyone if I'm playing my game." Catherine Garcia
On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer suspended women's goalkeeper Hope Solo from the national team for six months, following an outburst against Sweden during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
The Swedish team defeated the U.S. 4-3 on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, and Solo, 35, said because they focused on defense rather than offense, they were "a bunch of cowards." U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Solo's comments were "unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players. Beyond the athletic arena and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions." In 2015, Solo was suspended for 30 days due to conduct issues. She won't be eligible for selection to the national team again until February.
Solo released a statement Wednesday evening saying she is "saddened" by U.S. Soccer's decision. "For 17 years, I dedicated my life to the U.S. Women's National Team and did the job of a pro athlete the only way I knew — with passion, tenacity, an unrelenting commitment to be the best goalkeeper in the world," she said, adding that even when she didn't make "the best choices" or say "the right things," she only wanted the best for the team. Catherine Garcia