MIAMI (AP) — The Major League baseball All-Star Game is just hours away, and excitement is building in Miami, the host city for this year's classic. Two of the game's best pitchers, right-hander Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox will star for the National and American league teams. The incentive has changed this year. Instead of installing the league's winning team as the home league for the World Series, the players on the winning side tonight will get $20,000 and there's no payment for the losing players.
MIAMI (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Miami Marlins are soon expected to choose a winning bid from among three investment groups seeking to buy the team, and all have offered about the same amount of money. Manfred sayst the three groups are working on financial structuring, legal issues and due diligence in preparation for a purchase. His comments came in Miami as the Marlins prepared to host the first All-Star Game in Florida.
LONDON (AP) — A Wimbledon-record five men older than 30 will play in the quarterfinals, led by 35-year-old Roger Federer, who is bidding for a record eighth title at the All England Club. Federer's opponent is Milos Raonic — the third time in four years they'll face each other at the tournament. Federer beat Raonic in the 2014 semifinals, then lost to him in last year's semifinals. The Federer-Raonic winner will take on either three-time champion Novak Djokovic, a 30-year-old, or 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych, who is 31, in the semifinals.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina guard Kenny Williams has undergone surgery on his right knee but is expected to be ready for the start of preseason practice in October. School officials announced today that Williams had surgery Friday. The university release announcing Williams' surgery also said he should be able to participate when preseason practice begins. Williams started 22 games for North Carolina as a sophomore last season but tore his meniscus in a February practice.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond International Raceway is now Richmond Raceway and is due for $30 million in redevelopment over the next 15 months. Track President Dennis Bickmeier and International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy made the announcements in Richmond today. ISC has already made major changes at its flagship, Daytona International Speedway, and has a project at Phoenix International Raceway that should be completed by 2018, according to Kennedy.
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