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Wednesday's Sports In Brief

Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2014 at 07:43 AM

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) Andy Murray's reign as Wimbledon champion ended with a straight-set loss in the quarterfinals to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, who is making his breakthrough after years of being touted as the game's next top player.

Two other former champions, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, came from behind to win and move into the semifinals once again at the All England Club. Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic also made the final four, beating the Australian teenager who ousted Rafael Nadal.

In women's play, French Open runner-up Simona Halep and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the semifinals in straight sets.

Dimitrov completely outplayed Murray on Centre Court, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Dimitrov will next face top-seeded Djokovic, who came from two-sets-to-one down to beat 26th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the fifth consecutive year.

LONDON (AP) Roger Federer says Wimbledon's tighter enforcement of its all-white clothing policy for players is "too strict."

There have been complaints this year from some players over the more stringent regulations that include undergarments, the amount of colored trim on shirts and shorts and headbands and wristbands.

Federer, who was last year told not to wear running shoes with orange soles, said after his quarterfinal win that photographs of past champions such as Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker show that "there was some colors."

All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said in a statement provided by a club spokesman that "the rule is almost entirely in white."

Federer said he hopes Wimbledon might be less rigid with the all-white clothing rules in the future.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Saints' Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.

NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling, and will advise Graham on his options, which could include an appeal.

Graham's case is being closely watched around the league because it could set a precedent for negotiations involving players who fill diverse roles in their teams' offensive or defensive schemes.

NFL franchise tags, which allow each team to keep one prized player who is due to become a free agent, were set this year at $7 million for tight ends and $12.3 million for receivers.

GOLF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.

TPC Harding Park will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025. The announcement was made by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America President Ted Bishop and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at a swanky City Hall news conference.

Speaking on the second-floor balcony outside the mayor's office to a crowd that included about 100 leaders and golf officials, Finchem said the coordination between the PGA Tour and PGA of America to stage all three events at the same venue is unprecedented. He said he hopes similar collaboration can be done in the future to benefit both organizations and their fans.

STUART, Fla. (AP) Samuel Henry "Errie" Ball, who played in the first Masters, has died. The golf pro was 103.

Ball's daughter, Leslie Adams Gogarty, says her father died at Martin Hospital South in Stuart. Ball was most recently director of golf at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart.

He was a PGA of America member for 83 years, which the organization says is a membership record. Ball was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2011.

BASEBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jim Sundberg is retiring from the Texas Rangers' front office at the end of the season, 40 years after his big-league career began as a catcher with the club.

The 63-year-old Sundberg said he will step down as senior executive vice president while remaining involved in community relations in a part-time role.

Sundberg spent more than 30 years with the Rangers as a player, executive, broadcaster and minor league instructor. He played his first 11 1/2 seasons in Texas and returned in 1988, a year before he retired.

The three-time All-Star won a World Series with Kansas City in 1985.

Sundberg joined the Rangers' front office 10 years ago.

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd.

The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.

Nets general manager Billy King and his assistants then met with Hollins on Monday night and again Tuesday before agreeing to the deal. Terms were not disclosed.

The Nets will introduce Hollins at a press conference Monday.

BOSTON (AP) Avery Bradley has agreed to a $32 million, four-year deal to remain with the Boston Celtics.

Agent Mitchell Butler confirmed the deal for Bradley, the No. 19 pick in the 2010 draft.

Bradley averaged a career-best 14.9 points in 60 games last season as the starting point guard while Rajon Rondo was recovering from a torn knee ligament. Bradley can play either guard spot and is a strong defender.

TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry is staying with the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the Atlantic Division title.

The point guard has agreed to re-sign with the Raptors, his agent confirmed. Yahoo Sports reported that the deal was for four years and $48 million.

Lowry averaged career highs of 17.9 points and 7.4 assists for the Raptors, who were one of the NBA's biggest surprises in going 48-34. They were expected to be one of league's worst teams, particularly after trading forward Rudy Gay early in the season, but instead nearly reached the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling to Brooklyn in seven games.

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