Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
MLB notebook: Ortiz undergoes third surgery
Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz underwent additional surgery as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound sustained more than a month ago. "Earlier this week, David underwent a third surgery for complications resulting from his gunshot wound," his wife, Tiffany, said in a statement issued Thursday by the team. "The operation was performed by Dr. David King at Massachusetts General Hospital. David is recovering well and is in good spirits.
Groenewegen wins Tour stage seven as Ciccone retains yellow jersey
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the seventh stage of the Tour de France in a bunch sprint after a pancake-flat 230 km ride from Belfort on Friday. The Jumbo-Visma rider beat Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Slovak Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) into second and third, respectively.
NBA notebook: Rockets swap Paul for Thunder's Westbrook
The Oklahoma City Thunder traded guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for guard Chris Paul and a pair of first-round draft picks, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. The Thunder will receive the Rockets' first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 and the option to swap picks in 2021 and 2025, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young.
NFL notebook: Chargers' Gordon demands new deal or trade
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp without a new contract, ESPN reported Thursday. Gordon also reportedly told the Chargers that failure to reach agreement on a contract would result in a trade demand. Gordon's agent, Fletcher Smith, told ESPN's Adam Schefter of the holdout and trade scenarios on Thursday.
Sixers re-sign Ennis, add Neto
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent point guard Raul Neto and re-signed small forward James Ennis III, the team announced on Friday. Ennis, 29, joined the 76ers after a trade from the Rockets in February and averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes in 18 games. The five-year vet has played for six teams since being taken 50th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Long road back to singles competition, says Murray
Former world number one Andy Murray has said it could take up to a year for him to regain the strength in his hip needed for a return to singles action. The 32-year-old claimed the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez at Queen's Club on his return to competitive tennis late last month after undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January.
Serena and Halep chase milestones in Wimbledon final
Serena Williams no longer wants to obsess about elusive Grand Slam "number 24" and Simona Halep is desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop the American reaching that milestone but there will be no place for either to hide in Saturday's final. No matter who wins the title decider on Centre Court, the one thing for certain is that it will be a historic occasion.
Father of Celtics rookie Waters found dead
The father of Boston Celtics rookie Tremont Waters was found dead Thursday, police in West Haven, CT reported. The police say Edward Waters Jr., 49, was unresponsive when they responded to a call at a Super 8 hotel on Thursday around noon. Paramedics from the West Haven Fire Department later pronounced him dead.
Hurricanes sign C Dzingel to two-year deal
Free agent center Ryan Dzingel agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Don Waddell announced Friday. Dzingel will earn $3.25 million this season and $3.5 million in 2020-21.
Djokovic holds off spirited Spanish challenge to reach Wimbledon final
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from Spanish outsider Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to triumph in four sets and advance to Sunday's Wimbledon final against either Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal. Remarkably the 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 success was the Serb’s 12th victory in his last 13 Grand Slam semi-finals and he is now one win away from his fifth title at Wimbledon and 16th Grand Slam singles crown.