St. Louis, MO–The Colorado Rockies lost to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium 9 to 3. Former Rockies’ slugger Matt Holliday hit a home run in the win. The Rockies’ team earned run average is 5.37, the worst in the major leagues. Jeff Francis is on the hill in St. Louis tonight.
Denver–The Broncos signed placekicker Matt Prater to a four year, 13 million dollar contract extension. Prater, known for his booming kickoffs and field goals is also one of the most accurate. During his five year career in blue and orange, Prater has converted more than 80 percent of his field goal attempts.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Play in the quarterfinals is underway at Wimbledon.
In women’s quarterfinal action, sixth-seed Serena Williams is back on court for a match with No. 4 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh), eighth-seed Angelique Kerber is facing No. 15 Sabine Lisicki (suh-BEEN’ lih’-SIH’-kee), second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) is playing Tamira Paszek and third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) is going against Maria Kirilenko, the 17th seed.
For the men, completion of the fourth round is underway and fourth-seed Andy Murray has advanced. He beat 16th-seed Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in a rain-delayed match to reach the quarters for the fifth consecutive year. Murray is aiming to give Britain its first male champion at the All England Club since 1936. He lost in the semifinals in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Seventh-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR’) is Murray’s next opponent as Ferrer disposed of No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh) , 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
In matches involving American men, tenth-seed Mardy Fish is playing No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh) and un-seeded Brian Baker saw his Wimbledon dream come to an end with a straight sets loss to 27th-seed Philipp Kholschreiber.
Several pitchers look for win No. 10
UNDATED (AP) – There is one day game on tap in Major League Baseball. The contest is being played in Milwaukee as the Brewers entertain Miami.
In an early evening start in Washington, the Nationals are playing host to San Francisco in a game that features two division leaders. The Nats top the Mets by 3 1/2 games in the East, while the Giants lead the Dodgers by a game and a half in the West. The Mets are home this evening to the Phillies while the Dodgers are playing host to Cincinnati. That game features a pair of nine game winners as Chris Capuano of the Dodgers goes against Johnny Cueto of the Reds.
Another nine game winner is on the mound tonight as Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett continues his surprising season. Burnett and the Pirates are home to Houston.
The rest of the National League card has Chicago playing in Atlanta, Colorado at St. Louis and the Diamondbacks hosting San Diego.
In the American League Chicago’s Chris Sale is looking for his tenth win as the Sox are home to Texas. The Rangers are sending 2-0 Roy Oswalt (OHZ’-walt) to the mound. Another nine game winner is in action tonight as New York’s Ivan Nova (EE’-vahn NOH’-vuh) is facing 7-5 James Shields of the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Last night the Rays beat the Yankees to cut a game off of New York’s lead in the AL East.
Wrapping up the American League schedule tonight we find Cleveland playing host to the Angels, Minnesota at Detroit, the Blue Jays at home to the Royals, Boston at Oakland and Baltimore at Seattle.
Report: Miami looks to Allen
MIAMI (AP) – Free agent guard Ray Allen is reportedly going to meet with the Miami Heat on Thursday. A person familiar with the schedule tells The Associated Press that Allen, one of Miami’s top offseason targets, will also meet with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly disclose the schedule.
Miami can only offer Allen the mini mid-level exception worth just over $3 million a year, or roughly half of what the Boston Celtics are willing to pay to keep the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter.
TOUR DE FRANCE-THIRD STAGE
Cancellara looks to maintain lead
ORCHIES, France (AP) – The third stage of the Tour de France has gotten under way with race leader Fabian Cancellara (FAH’-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH’-rah) of Switzerland and one-day classics specialists vying for a stage win in a dash toward the English Channel. Today’s 122-mile run from Orchies to the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer features five small climbs in the last 22 miles that could make for a dramatic finish.
Cancellara has been the only man to wear the Tour leader’s yellow jersey this year since winning Saturday’s prologue. He’s followed by title contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain in second, 7 seconds behind, and defending champion Cadel (kuh-DEHL’) Evans, who is eighth, 17 seconds behind.