SPORTS, JULY 6TH

St. Louis, MO–The Colorado Rockies dropped a 6-2 decision to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Rockies close out the first half of the season before the all star break with a three game weekend series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Holliday is replacing St. Louis Cardinals teammate Yadier Molina on the National League All-Star team.

Molina was placed on the bereavement list Friday after his wife’s grandfather died. The team said the catcher had returned to his native Puerto Rico.

Holliday was one of the hottest hitters in the majors entering the final weekend before the break, batting .500 with four home runs, 21 RBIs and 10 doubles over the last 18 games. He was batting .318 overall with 14 homers, 56 RBIs and a .397 on-base average.

It’ll be the sixth All-Star appearance and third in a row for Holliday, who had been planning a fishing trip with his family.

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Roger Federer knocked off top-seeded Novak Djokovic (JOH’-kuh-vich) and Andy Murray took out No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG’-guh) in today’s men’s semifinals at Wimbledon. Both advanced to Sunday’s final with four-set victories. Federer will be hunting a record-tying seventh singles title at the All England Club while Murray will be looking to become the first British man since 1936 to win Wimbledon.

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena and Venus Williams beat fellow Americans Liezel Huber (LEE’-zul HYOO’-bur) and Lisa Raymond 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon. Serena will also play Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH’-kuh rahd-VAHN’-skuh) for the singles crown this weekend as well.

PHILADELPHIA (A) – The disappointing Philadelphia Phillies are adding a power bat to their lineup for tonight’s game against the visiting Atlanta Braves. Former NL MVP Ryan Howard will make his 2012 major league debut after playing seven minor league games in his return from an Achilles tendon injury.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced the signing of Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh), five days after picking up the 24-year-old left wing in a trade with Ottawa. The restricted free agent inked a three-year deal worth $9.15 million. Foligno had 15 goals and 32 assists for the Senators last season.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have signed second-round draft pick Tyshawn Taylor out of Kansas. His rights were acquired by the Nets in a draft-night deal with Portland. Taylor, a guard, averaged career bests of 16.6 points and 4.8 assists as a senior last season, leading the Jayhawks to the national championship game.

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