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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Nadal to play
for 1st time
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer
WIMBLEDON, England — All
these years later, Roger Federer
and rafael Nadal will meet again
at Wimbledon for the 40th install-
ment of their terrific rivalry — and
first at the All England Club since
their memorable 2008 final.
“Such a long time,” Nadal said.
They moved on to the semifinal
showdown everyone’s been think-
ing about since the tournament
draw by each overcoming a tough
opening set Wednesday.
A 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory
over Kei Nishikori gave the No.
2-seeded Federer his 100th match
win at the All England Club, the
first man to reach that total at any
Grand Slam tournament. Not long
after that ended on Centre Court,
the No. 3-seeded Nadal finished
off Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 at
No. 1 Court.
Friday’s other semifinal will
draw far less attention: No. 1
Novak djokovic, the defending
champion, against No. 23 Roberto
Bautista agut, never before this
far at a major.
looking ahead to what comes
next for himself, Federer said:
“Obviously, I know people always
hype it up.”
Well, why shouldn’t they?
These are, after all, two of the
greatest players in tennis’ long
history, winners of more Grand
Slam titles than any other men. Of
Federer’s 20, a record eight came
at Wimbledon. Of Nadal’s 18, 12
came at the French Open, where
he routed Federer in the semifinals
That gave Nadal a 24-15 career
edge head-to-head, including 10-3
at the Slams.
But that one was on the red clay
Nadal rules. This one is on Feder-
er’s territory: grass.
This is their fourth matchup at
Wimbledon — and first that won’t
come in the final. Federer beat
Nadal for the 2006 and 2007 titles,
but Nadal won the championship
11 years ago in a 9-7 fifth set as
“Well, we have a lot of infor-
mation on rafa, and so does he
about us,” Federer said. “So you
can either dive into tactics and all
that stuff like mad for two days —
or you’re just going to say: ‘You
know what? It’s grass-court tennis
and I’m going to come out there
and play attacking tennis.’ And if
he can defend that, that’s too good.
and if he can’t, well, then, that’s
good for me.”
It is the 13th time that the
Big Three of Federer, Nadal and
Djokovic are in the semifinals at a
major tournament together. On 11
of the previous occasions, one of
them claimed the title.
There were some shaky
moments for each Wednesday.
“The beginning,” Federer said,
The eighth-seeded Nishikori
jumped out to an early edge by
breaking in the very first game,
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Pepsi Diamondjaxx sweep Pendleton Black Sox in doubleheader
By BRETT KANE
PENdlETON — after spend-
ing two weeks on the road, Pend-
leton’s 16u Pepsi diamondjaxx
summer baseball team returned
home for another win, even if it
wasn’t against the team they were
The diamondjaxx were slated
to play Irrigon, but because Irri-
gon came up short-staffed on
Wednesday, Pendleton’s 13U
Black sox traveling team took
their place. The Diamondjaxx
made off with the doubleheader
sweep in the last-minute Pendle-
ton civil war.
“It’s a little unorthodox,” Dia-
mondjaxx coach Nick Bower
admitted, “but the Black sox are
a tough team. They’re a good
squad. They’re going to be studs.”
The diamondjaxx won the
opener 13-3, then had to rally in
the bottom of the seventh in the
nightcap for a 9-8 victory.
although the Black sox scored
the game’s first run in the opener,
the diamondjaxx wasted no time
responding. Kobe Fell led off in
the bottom of the first, stealing
second base before moving on to
third following an error at second.
Blane Peal drove in Fell, and
Jack Monkman stoled home on a
fielder’s choice that benched Peal.
The inning gave the diamondjaxx
a 3-1 advantage.
The Black sox knocked down
a double play at third and second
base in the bottom of the second
to slow down the diamondjaxx’s
scoring, but the 16u team put up
five runs in the next inning before
the Black Sox got even one out.
By the fourth inning, the Dia-
mondjaxx were up 11-1, threaten-
ing an early game. Brock Mackey
delayed the win by driving in an
RBI-single in the top of the fifth.
Monkman got the diamond-
jaxx back on track, however,
See Baseball, Page B2
Pendleton 12u softball
DEFENDS STATE TITLE
Photo contributed by Julie Murphy
Pendleton’s 12U All-Star Little League softball team poses for a team photo after defending its state title against Redmond in
Keizer on Wednesday.
league all-stars take
down redmond for
fourth state title
By BRETT KANE
KEIZER — For the fourth year in
a row, the Pendleton 12u softball pro-
gram won the state championship.
little league softball team cruised to
a 14-0 shutout over redmond, success-
fully defending its state championship
title. It was the second consecutive win
that this lineup has claimed.
“We did this last year with the
same group of girls,” coach Scott Wil-
son said. “There was a lot of pressure
on them this year. Everyone expected
them to do it again. The girls felt it.
They made it look easy. They’re great
kids and tremendous athletes — every
one of them. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The victory was the second shut out
of their state run — the team came in
hot after a 16-0 win over East lane/
Sheldon on Monday.
Pendleton may have been slow to
start, but no matter — their redmond
rivals had trouble containing them,
amassing eight errors by the game’s
Following her single, Melanie Boat-
man rounded two more bases and
crossed home on an error at third base
to put Pendleton on the board in the
Photo contributed by Julie Murphy
Pendleton’s Lea Wilson hits a Redmond pitch in a Little League softball state title
game in Keizer on Wednesday.
top of the first. Bailey Moore singled to
score Maddy Lieuallen one inning later,
and Madaline schumacher and Nessa
Neveau capitalized on two more red-
mond errors for a healthy 4-0 lead by the
top of the third.
“We were aggressive on base today,”
Wilson said. “We took advantage of
some defensive errors when (redmond)
made them. There wasn’t a whole lot of
action on the field, but when there was,
we did exactly what we needed to do.”
However, the All-Stars really came to
life in the fourth.
With two outs on the board, Avery
Krighaum and Nessa Neveau scored
on two more passed balls, and Neveau,
lieuallen, and lea Wilson all drove in
additional runs as redmond’s defense
struggled to stop the offensive charge.
and Pendleton still wasn’t through,
as the team put up five more runs in the
following inning that would secure the
Krighaum and Boatman both sin-
gled, and schumacher walked to load
See Softball, Page B2
See Tennis, Page B2
Memorial to marathon bombing
victims takes shape in Boston
BOsTON — Four bronze
spires that will make up part
of a memorial to the victims
of the Boston Marathon bomb-
ings have been put in place
near the finish line.
The spires, ranging in
height from about 17 feet to 21
feet, will serve as light poles
for the memorial. They were
installed Wednesday at one of
the two locations where pres-
sure cooker bombs detonated
on april 15, 2013, killing three
people and wounding more
than 260 others.
Memorials will eventually
stand at both sites and will also
honor two police officers who
died after the attacks.
Planning began four years
ago for the $2 million memo-
rial, and it’s since undergone
artist Pablo Eduardo has
said it’s important to meet
the hopes and expectations of
families who lost loved ones.
Lighting designers dis-
cuss the plan to install
light in bronze pillars,
as a memorial to victims
of the 2013 Boston Mar-
athon bombings takes
shape on Wednesday at
one of the bombing lo-
cations near the finish
line on Boylston Street
AP Photo/Elise Amendola