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Andy Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, lost 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by Janko Tipsarevic.

AP: Former champion Maria Sharapova has been ousted in the second round at Wimbledon by 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva.

Kudryavtseva has recovered an early break in the second set to beat the 2004 champion 6-2, 6-4 on Court 1 on Thursday.

It is Sharapova’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since her first full season on the circuit in 2003. Since her breakthrough at Wimbledon in ’04, Sharapova has added major titles at the 2006 U.S. Open and the last Australian Open.

Kudryavtseva, 20, has never won a WTA Tour title and was playing only her 10th Grand Slam match.

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick has been upset in the second round at Wimbledon, losing to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Roddick, who lost the 2004 and 2005 Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer, was beaten 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by 40th-ranked Tipsarevic, who has never gone past the fourth round at a major.

Roddick reached the semifinals at the grass-court tuneup event at Queen’s, coming back from a shoulder injury that forced him out of the French Open.

He had three set points in the fourth to pull even and eight breakpoint chances overall, but Tipsarevic saved them all.

AP: On a new parquet floor below aging championship banners, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title and a first one – at last – for Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen – their Big Three for a new generation.

After 22 long years, the NBA has gone green.

Carried by ear-splitting chants of ”Beat L.A.” early and cries of ”Seven-teen” in the closing seconds by their adoring crowd, which included Boston legends Bill Russell and John Havlicek, the Celtics concluded a shocking rebound of a season with a stunning 131-92 blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

AP: There have been times this year when Roger Federer’s cloak of infallibility slid from his shoulders, when his absolute dominance against anyone but Rafael Nadal and at any tournament but the French Open wasn’t quite so absolute.

AP: Jim McKay elegantly covered competitions from badminton to barrel jumping. Yet he may best be remembered for that grim day at the Munich Olympics when he broke the news with three simple words: “They’re all gone.”

The groundbreaking sportscaster died Saturday of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md. He was 86.

With Saturday’s running of the Belmont Stakes, and the great possibility of a Triple Crown winner in Big Brown for the first time in thirty years, it seems only appropriate to reflect of what has to be the greatest horse in the history of the sport, and his amazing victory to claim the crown in 1973. The Super House, Secretariat.

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AP: Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia.

Also making the IOC shortlist were Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Eliminated from the race were Doha, Qatar; Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan.

I love me some Michael Chang.

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