Sports, June 24th

LONDON (AP) – Recently crowned French Open champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) was ousted from Wimbledon today on the first day of play. Nadal, who is a two-time winner of the event, was beaten by Steve Darcis (DAR’-see) of Belgium, the 135th ranked player in the world, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. Like Nadal, Sara Errani (ehr-RAH’-nee) was a fifth-seed in the tournament and she too was eliminated today in straight sets.

BOSTON (AP) – The Bruins and Blackhawks are squaring off tonight in Boston with Chicago holding a 3-2 advantage as the Blackhawks try to win their second NHL championship in four years. If the Bruins pull out a victory the series will shift back to Chicago for a Game 7 Wednesday night.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – First Tiger Woods, now US Open champ Justin Rose. A week after Woods announced he was pulling out of this week’s AT&T National because of injury, Rose has announced he won’t be playing because of fatigue. That leaves Masters champion Adam Scott as the featured player this week at Congressional Country Club outside Washington.

MIAMI (AP) – On a hot day in Miami members of the NBA champion Heat used water guns to spray fans during the cities celebratory parade for the newly crowned league champs. A reported 400,000 lined the streets to get a chance to watch the NBA’s best team.

BALTIMORE (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse and become a free agent. The 36-year-old Garcia is 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games with the Orioles.

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