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Francona released from hospital ... Cubs look to end first half on winning note ... Kerber advances



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CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has been released from the hospital after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. The 58-year-old manager had a cardiac ablation Thursday after experiencing dizziness and an accelerated heart rate the last month. Francona will skip next week's All-Star Game in Miami. He is expected to rejoin the Indians and assume his usual duties when the team opens a three-game series in Oakland on July 14.

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs can ensure themselves at least a .500 record at the All-Star break with a win against the Pirates tonight. The World Series champions had higher hopes for the first half, but they're still within range of the NL Central-leading Brewers and their top sluggers are in prime form. Bryant homered twice and Rizzo got his 20th of the season in last night's win over Pittsburgh.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gets his final start before the All-Star break when the Nationals host the Braves this afternoon. Strasburg (9-2, 3.28), headed to his third All-Star Game with a 9-2 record and a 3028 ERA. He's coming off seven scoreless innings against the Mets and hasn't lost since June 7 against the Dodgers. Julio Teheran (6-6, 5.14) tries to end a disappointing first half on a high note for Atlanta.

LONDON (AP) — No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber came back from a set and a break down to beat American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon. Kerber was the runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club last year. During that breakthrough season, Kerber won her first two major titles, at the Australian Open and U.S. Open.

STATION DES ROUSSES, France (AP) — Speeding away on a small mountain road more suited to goats than riders, Lilian Calmejane has won Stage 8 of the Tour de France. Overall leader Chris Froome finished in a group further back, retaining the yellow jersey ahead of a second, far harder day of climbing tomorrow, again in the Jura mountains.

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