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Friday's Sports In Brief

Published:   |   Updated: July 5, 2014 at 07:04 AM

SOCCER

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) If Brazil is going to win the World Cup, the host nation will have to do it without Neymar. The star, who lit up the tournament with his skill and sunny temperament, fractured a bone in his back in a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar fractured his third vertebra when he was kneed in the back by defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.

Germany advanced to a semifinal matchup against Brazil by beating France 1-0. That match on Tuesday, between teams that have combined for eight World Cups, will mark just the second time the nations have met at the showcase tournament. Brazil won the first meeting: 2-0 in the World Cup final of 2002.

SAO PAULO (AP) Rescue workers recovered the body of a 25-year-old man crushed beneath tons of concrete and steel of an unfinished overpass that collapsed in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, a City Hall press officer said.

The official said that rescue workers reached a small passenger car that was flattened by the collapsed overpass and retrieved the body of Charlys do Nascimento. No one else was in the car. He said the final death toll was two. Officials had already assumed at least one person had died in the car in addition to a bus driver whose body was recovered earlier. Twenty-two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in Thursday's accident.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals at the All England Club.

Federer, chasing his record eighth Wimbledon championship, swept past Canada's Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his 25th Grand Slam final.

Federer, who owns 17 major titles, broke once in each set and won 61 of 80 points on serve to make it back to a Slam final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2012.

The top-seeded Djokovic ran off six of the final seven points in the tiebreaker to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) to advance to his third Wimbledon final in four years.

It's also Djokovic's 14th Grand Slam final and 10th in his last 13 majors. Djokovic won the 2011 Wimbledon title and lost in last year's final to Andy Murray.

The women's final will be played Saturday, with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic facing 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam singles championship match.

LONDON (AP) American tennis player Victoria Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and will undergo immediate treatment for the cancer.

The player's management team said the 18-year-old Duval was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon and further tests in the United States confirmed the results. The statement said Hodgkin's, the most common form of cancer in adolescents, "was caught in a very early stage."

It says Duval "will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is a full recovery in a few months."

Duval reached the second round of the U.S. Open last year, beating 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

BASEBALL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have an agreement in place to acquire right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs for three top prospects in a surprising trade for the team with the best record in the majors, two people with knowledge of the deal said.

The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was still pending, said the A's will send top prospect and shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily to the Cubs. An official announcement is expected Saturday.

The trade is a rare move under general manager Billy Beane in which Oakland one of baseball's most frugal franchises is parting with talented young prospects for proven players to chase a World Series title. The A's are a major league-best 53-33 after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 in 12 innings Friday but have come up short in the playoffs recently.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The New York Yankees are no longer expecting the return of CC Sabathia to their rotation this year.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said "that's about fair to say" Sabathia's season is over. The six-time All-Star left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. After making his second rehab start Wednesday, Sabathia experienced swelling the next morning.

The 33-year-old pitcher will be examined July 14 by Dr. James Andrews before the next step is determined, but Girardi said that surgery is possible.

NEW YORK (AP) Umpire Gary Darling has decided to retire after a 28-year major league career that included two World Series.

The 56-year-old Darling has been on the disabled list for the entire season. He officially joined the National League staff in 1988 and became a crew chief before the 2004 season.

Darling was a part of the World Series in 2003 and 2010. The San Francisco native also worked All-Star games in 1993 and 2003.

Major League Baseball also announced that Quinn Wolcott had been appointed to the full-time umpiring staff. The 28-year-old Wolcott had been working at the Triple-A level since 2011.

GOLF

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Billy Hurley III shot a season-best 7-under 63 to take the second-round lead in the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley's bogey-free round included a chip-in from 29 feet on No. 4. He was at 9-under 131 at Old White TPC. Eleven players were within four shots of him.

Kevin Chappell (65) and Chris Stroud (66) were a stroke back. Troy Matteson had a 61 to vault into fourth place at 7 under. He has made the cut in all five years of the Greenbrier Classic.

Brice Garnett (66), Steve Stricker (68) and Chris Kirk (69) were another stroke back at 6 under.

Bubba Watson was among five players at 5 under. First-round leader Jonas Blixt had three early bogeys and shot 73 to drop into a tie for 25th at 3 under.

FexEx Cup points leader Jimmy Walker (75) was among those who missed the cut. He finished 5 over. Ninety players advanced to weekend play at even par or better.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Charles Howell III is skipping the British Open because of "a personal family reason." He wouldn't comment further.

Earlier in the day, the R&A announced Howell chose not to play in the July 17-20 tournament at Royal Liverpool. He was replaced by Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen.

Howell and six others were added to the field this week through their spots in the world ranking.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kasey Kahne nipped Regan Smith at the Daytona International Speedway finish line for his first Nationwide Series victory since 2007.

Kahne weaved his way through traffic during a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, but didn't appear to be in the mix for a shot at the win as Smith pulled away from the pack. But as the field hurtled through the final turn, Kyle Larson jumped out of line and made it three-wide behind Smith.

Kahne moved into the top lane and, using a push from Ryan Sieg, charged alongside Smith and beat him to the line by .021 seconds.

It was the sixth win this season for JR Motorsports, and second consecutive following Kevin Harvick's victory last week at Kentucky.

Smith, one of JR Motorsports' two full-time drivers, wound up second in his return to Daytona following his victory in February's season-opener. Despite the defeat, Smith reclaimed the series points lead from Elliott Sadler.

BASKETBALL

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Free agent center Chris Kaman has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the agreement, which cannot be formally announced until new contracts are finalized next Thursday. The deal, worth a reported $9.8 million, was first reported Thursday night by Yahoo! Sports.

Kaman confirmed the deal with a post on his official Twitter account.

The burley 7-foot center has averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over an 11-year NBA career. He is expected to back up Robin Lopez with the Blazers after spending last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

ATLANTA (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Atlanta Hawks and small forward Thabo Sefolosha have agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the NBA's moratorium on deals. The agreement was first reported by The Oklahoman newspaper.

The 6-foot-7 Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points as a starter in 61 games last season for Oklahoma City.

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