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Tennis

Azarenka pulls out of Wimbledon

LONDON — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from Wimbledon on Thursday because of a right knee injury.

It was the same knee she hurt at the French Open, forcing her to retire during her first-round match. She hasn't played since.

Azarenka, ranked No. 6, was seeded the same for the Grand Slam on grass, which starts Monday. She has reached the semifinals there twice, and quarterfinals twice.

Soccer

Chile, Argentina to meet again

Chile and Argentina play Sunday in a rematch of last year's Copa America final after Chile topped Colombia 2-0 in a semifinal late Wednesday. The match at Soldier Field in Chicago was delayed by a lightning storm. Charles Aranguiz and Jose Pedro Feunzalida scored in the first half for defending champion Chile. Colombia faces the United States in Saturday's third-place game in Glendale, Ariz., and will do so without Carlos Sanchez, who got his second yellow card in the 57th minute.

England: Striker Jamie Vardy agreed to a four-year contract extension with Premier League champion Leicester City.

MLS: The league suspended D.C. United captain Bobby Boswell for one match for a "serious foul play" last week. Boswell kneed Houston's Will Bruin in the lower back and received a yellow card.

Autos

Newgarden cleared to drive

IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden is scheduled to practice today at Road America, nearly two weeks after he broke his right collarbone in a scary crash at Texas. Ed Carpenter Racing, owner of the Newgarden's No. 21 Chevrolet, says the driver is cleared to practice as the series runs at Elkhart Lake, Wis., on the 4-mile road course. The team says Newgarden will be reevaluated after practice to determine what he can do the rest of the weekend.

ET CETERA

Doping: The coach of world 1,500-meter champion Genzebe Dibaba was released by a judge three days after his arrest. Jama Aden had been detained on suspicion of administering and distributing doping substances and endangering public health. He was arrested Monday at a hotel near Barcelona after Spanish police allegedly found traces of EPO and other banned substances in a raid.

WNBA: San Antonio will retire the No. 25 jersey of Becky Hammon, now an assistant with the NBA's Spurs, on Saturday. Hammon, who also played for New York, retired in 2014. … Seattle will honor three-time league MVP Lauren Jackson by retiring her No. 15 jersey on July 15. Jackson announced her retirement in March.

Diving: Steele Johnson and David Boudia won the U.S. synchronized 10-meter title in Indianapolis and a spot on the Olympic team.

Times wires

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