Djokovic defeats Chardy, will face Cilic in London
• Novak Djokovic advanced to his first ATP tour final in almost a year by defeating Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-4 Saturday at Queen’s Club in London.
Djokovic will face Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final after the top-seeded Croat defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).
• Former top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo will become the first woman to captain France’s Davis Cup men’s team when she replaces Yannick Noah next season.
• Defending champion Petra Kvitova raced impressively into the Birmingham Classic final with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Mihaela Buzarnescu. Kvitova will face Magdalena Rybarikova, a grass-court expert whose career was at risk of ending after wrist and knee surgeries; she overcame Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach the final for a second time.
Flames send Hamilton and others to Hurricanes
• Dougie Hamilton got home from a workout, turned on the TV to watch the NHL draft and saw his name on the screen as part of a trade to the Carolina Hurricanes.
“That’s where I found out,” Hamilton said.
He might want to stay tuned because the Hurricanes are just getting started.
Carolina acquired Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and forward prospect Adam Fox from the Calgary Flames for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in the latest move during a time of drastic turnover. The Hurricanes, who have missed the playoffs each of the past nine seasons, have gotten a new owner, general manager and coach so far this year and will have a very different team on the ice.
• After five years back home in Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to resume his Stanley Cup chase with the Los Angeles Kings. The high-scoring forward agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Kings, choosing Los Angeles over several interested teams for his return to the NHL.
Former NFL, OSU player indicted on felony charges
• A former Chicago Bears and Ohio State University football player who authorities say was ordered to leave a bar because he was intoxicated and stumbling has been indicted for allegedly slamming an Ohio sheriff’s deputy’s arm with a van door.
Thirty-four-year-old Kirk Barton, of Dublin, was indicted Friday in central Ohio’s Delaware County on assault and obstructing official business charges. Both are felony charges. Barton’s attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment Saturday.
• Shelby Houlihan stormed past Jenny Simpson to win the women’s 1,500 meters at the USATF national outdoor championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Houlihan took the lead from Simpson with 50 meters left to knock off the seven-time national champion. Houlihan won in 4:05.48, almost a second better than Simpson.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news briefs: Compiled June 23