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Djokovic extends Slam win streak to 29

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LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic raced to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, then held firm the rest of the way as he opened his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth straight Grand Slam championship with a straight-set win over Britain's James Ward on Monday.

In keeping with tradition, Djokovic played the first match on Centre Court as the men's defending champion, and he came through 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in just over two hours to extend his Grand Slam winning streak to 29 matches.

"This is probably the most unique experience in tennis playing as the defending champion in Wimbledon - untouched grass, first match, 1 o'clock Monday," Djokovic said. "It's really special to feel this tradition and history, to come back to the cradle of our sport. It was a wonderful experience."

Chile wins on PKs for repeat Copa title

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, grabbed his shirt, clenched his teeth and covered his face with both hands.

A few minutes later he walked off the field, a dazed, pained look on his bearded face. The greatest player of his generation, perhaps soccer's best ever, he was still without a title on Argentina's national team - one he says may never come. (MORE)

Messi quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Lionel Messi says he's quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night. (MORE)

Pat Summit's health reportedly declining

NEW YORK (AP) The update on Pat Summitt's health caught Geno Auriemma by surprise. It's simply the news nobody wanted to hear, especially her former rival who built the Connecticut program trying to model off her success coaching Tennessee.

Summitt's family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women's basketball coach as her Alzheimer's disease progresses. Auriemma, who had been traveling all day back from Europe, heard the update at the Phoenix Mercury-New York Liberty game on Sunday. (MORE)

Nats put Strasburg on DL for back strain

MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain.

The move is retroactive to June 16. (MORE)

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