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Djokovic, Federer might meet early

LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are used to facing each other in the Wimbledon final. It won't happen for a third straight year, though.

Federer, the seven-time champ seeded No. 3, was placed in Djokovic's half of the Wimbledon draw on Friday, meaning they could square off in the semifinals. No. 2 seed Andy Murray got a more favorable draw, with No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in his half.

In the women's draw, defending and six-time champ Serena Williams could have a quarterfinal against Roberta Vinci, the Italian who stunned her in last year's U.S. Open semifinals to deny a bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Eastbourne Int'l: Dominika Cibulkova reached the final after winning twice on grass in England, defeating top seed Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in the quarterfinals then qualifier Monica Puig 6-2, 6-1.

NFL

Police: Ex-Lion shot in nude

Former Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II was accused of trying to break into a home in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday and was shot while naked, Portland's KGW-TV reported, citing police. Wilson, 33, was taken into custody and rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

MANZIEL QUESTIONS: An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the QB's ability to stay clean and said a receipt shows Manziel might have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run, according to a long text accidentally sent to the Associated Press. Bob Hinton's text indicated Manziel's legal team was seeking a plea deal but suggested that might be tricky: "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.''

Steelers: Kicker Shaun Suisham was released after he failed a physical. He tore his left ACL during the Hall of Fame Game last August.

Soccer

Howard to start for Americans

Tim Howard will start in goal for the United States in tonight's Copa America third-place game in Glendale, Ariz., replacing Brad Guzan, who had started the whole tournament.

Et cetera

WNBA: Minnesota's season-opening winning streak ended at a league-record 13 as visiting Los Angeles, behind Kristi Toliver's 25 points, defeated the Lynx 94-76.

BOXING: World heavyweight champ Tyson Fury postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko after hurting his left ankle in training. The rematch had been scheduled for July 9.

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