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Sports news briefs — July 18

Compiled from wire reports


Caroline Wozniacki
advances in Istanbul

• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the semi­finals of the Istanbul Cup after being taken to three sets by eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Wozniacki will face Kristina Mladenovic of France who ousted Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy beat sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-0, 6-2 and will play Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh.

• German Alexander Zverev, 17, reached the semifinals in his hometown by defeating Tobias Kamke 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the Hamburg Open. The 285th-ranked Zverev is the first 17-year-old to reach an ATP semifinals since 2006.

• Mona Barthel of Germany beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 7-6 in the Swedish Open quarter­finals. The 54th-ranked Barthel next plays Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa, who beat Russia’s Alexandra Panova 6-3, 6-2.


Pittsburgh Penguins
hire former All-Star

• The Pittsburgh Penguins hired seven-time All-Star Mark Recchi as player development coach. Recchi, 46, who retired in 2011, will be in charge of working with prospects. He scored 577 goals during a 22-year career that included stints in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston and Carolina. Recchi won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins, the Hurricanes and the Bruins.

• The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenseman Simon Despres to a two-year deal worth $900,000 per season. Despres, 22, appeared in 22 games for the Penguins last season and 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

• The Florida Panthers retained defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, signing him to a three-year deal. Kulikov has spent his first five NHL seasons with the Panthers, with 24 goals and 75 assists in 313 games.


Laura Diaz has lead
at Marathon Classic

Laura Diaz rallied for four birdies down the stretch to shoot a 2-under 69 for a 3-stroke lead over Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace after the second round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Diaz led by 4 shots after shooting a bogey-free 62 in the opening round. She is at 11-under 131 at the tournament’s midpoint.


Store’s grants revive
Ashtabula program

• Dick’s Sporting Goods donated $42,000 worth of grants to the Ashtabula school district, allowing the return of five freshman sports: football, volleyball, girls basketball, softball and baseball, said Greg Zannelli, athletic director. The grants will be used to pay coaches, officials, transportation, workers for events, equipment and uniforms, he said.

• U.S. sprinters Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie set the fastest times this year in the 200 and 100 meters respectively at the Herculis event in Monaco. Gatlin pulled away in the homestretch to cross the line in 19.68 seconds. In the women’s 100, Bowie had a burst of speed in the last 30 meters to win in 10.80.

— From wire reports


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