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Sports news briefs — June 20

Compiled from wire reports

FOOTBALL

Bears long snapper

Mannelly retiring

• Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly announced Friday that he is retiring after a 16-year career with the Bears, a span in which he played in a team record 245 games and snapped the ball 2,282 times. He helped the Bears set two NFL records: 920 consecutive snaps without a blocked punt and 180 games without a blocked punt.

TENNIS

Gasquet and Lopez reach Aegon final

• Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France and defending champion Feliciano Lopez advanced to the final of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England. Gasquet eased past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-2. Lopez defeated American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (4). In the women’s tournament, American Madison Keys defeated Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3, 6-1 to make her first WTA final where she faces Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber reached her second Aegon International final with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki.

• Third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain emerged victorious from a marathon day at the grass-court Topshelf Open, advancing to the final with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Juergen Melzer of Austria in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Both players played twice Friday, finishing quarterfinals that had been suspended because of rain and darkness. Bautista Agut faces Benjamin Becker of Germany in the final. Becker beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the other men’s semifinal. In the women’s tournament, Zheng Jie of China reached her first WTA final in 2½ years when she beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-3. Zheng will meet qualifier Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the final. Vandeweghe beat 2005 champion Klara Koukalova 6-4, 6-2.

OTHER SPORTS

Rangers buy out Richards’ contract

• The New York Rangers bought out the contract of veteran forward Brad Richards, creating salary-cap space and parting ways with New York’s de facto captain one week after the club was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Finals. Richards, 34, had six years remaining on the nine-year, $60 million deal he signed in 2011, and this move will remove his $6.67 million salary-cap charge.

• Time trial world champion Tony Martin of Germany extended his lead in the Tour de Suisse with a dominant performance against the clock in the race’s seventh stage in Worb, Switzerland.

— From wire reports



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