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Venus and Serena out of Wimbledon

The Williams sisters are out of Wimbledon as Serena was defeated by Marion Bartoli from France and Venus fell to Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria. And with the Americans and Caroline Wozniacki (defeated by Dominika Cibulkova) out, Maria Sharapova, the 2004 singles champion, is the clear new favorite to make it with the title after defeating Peng Shuai from China.

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Hamilton to compete at British Grand Prix

Just a day after saying that he would not fight for the Formula 1 title at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said that neither his team nor him are giving up. The McLaren driver is apparently eager to compete in his home country. The 26-year-old Hamilton finished in second place last year behind Mark Webber, and according to him, such defeat is another strong reason for him to want to compete. The 2009 world champion is a bit concerned about the ban on the off-throttle blowing of diffusers, as he feels that it will affect the performance of his car, but he is confident about at least finishing ahead of one of the Ferraris in the competition.

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Dodgers files for bankruptcy

Frank McCourt has done something he had been trying to avoid for a while: filing for bankruptcy, and he is blaming MLB commissioner Bud Selig for the current position of the Dodgers, as he and the league prevented the team to sign a $3 billion, 17-year deal with Fox for television rights that included a $385 million upfront payment that would have saved the franchise, though Selig mentioned was in the best interested of the team, the fans and the game itself but McCourt certainly thinks different, as he feels that the commissioner treated them differently, turning his back on the team.

River Plate descends to second division, violence erupts

River Plate, one of the most storied soccer teams in Argentina (30 championships), descended to the second division for the first time in the 110-year history of the franchise after losing to Belgrano FC, who beat the team 2-0 in the first leg of the demotion playoff and who tied them 1-1 in the second match. Violence erupted at the 50,000 River’s stadium and soon spread outside at Avenida Libertador, where shops and stores were broken into. Fearing what later happened, Argentinean authorities deployed a total of 2,200 to calm the crowds, and the result was 55 people seriously injured, including some police officers, though no casualties were reported.

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