Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were set up for a potential semifinal at Wimbledon in Friday’s draw, while Serena Williams could face defending champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and No. 1 Ash Barty in the quarterfinals. Possible men’s quarterfinals are No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, the defending champ, against No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas; No. 4 Kevin Anderson, last year’s runner-up, against No. 6 Alexander Zverev; No. 2 Federer vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori; and No. 3 Nadal vs. No. 5 Dominic Thiem. Women’s quarters could be No. 1 Barty vs. No. 5 Kerber,; No. 3 Karolina Pliskova vs. No. 8 Elena Svitolina; No. 2 Naomi Osaka vs. No. 7 Simona Halep; No. 4 Kiki Bertens vs. No. 6 Petra Kvitova. Venus Williams, 39, faces 15-year-old American Coco Gauff, the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the half-century Open era . . . Ons Jabeur withdrew with an ankle injury, meaning Angelique Kerber will face Karolina Pliskova, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Kiki Bertens, for the Nature Valley International title at Eastbourne, England. The men’s final features unseeded Americans Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey. Fritz upset third-seeded Kyle Edmund, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, while Querrey downed qualifier Thomas Fabbiano, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.
Nets make D’Angelo Russell a restricted free agent
The Brooklyn Nets extended a qualifying offer to D’Angelo Russell, making the point guard a restricted free agent, a person with knowledge of the details said. The decision Friday allows the Nets to match any offer Russell receives from another team. It was confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The Athletic first reported the qualifying offer. Without it, Russell would have become an unrestricted free agent Sunday. Russell was an All-Star for the first time after leading the Nets to a 42-40 record and averaging 21.1 points. But his return is far from certain, with the Nets able to afford two top free agents and considered one of the favorites to land Kyrie Irving, who plays Russell’s position.
Maple Leafs re-sign Kapanen, Johnsson
The Toronto Maple Leafs extended the contracts of impending restricted free agents Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson. Kapanen, 22, signed a three-year extension worth $9.6 million. Johnsson's deal is worth $13.6 million over four seasons. That leaves Mitch Marner as the club’s lone remaining restricted free agent. Kapanen set a career high with 44 points last season (20 goals, 24 assists). Johnsson, 24, had 20 goals and 23 assists . . . The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Andre Burakovsky from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor league forward Scott Kosmachuk and a second- and third-round draft picks in 2020. Burakovsky, a first-round pick by Washington in 2013, had 12 goals and 13 assists last season. Washington gave him a $3.25 million qualifying offer Tuesday . . . The Vegas Golden Knights freed up more cap space by trading ex-Bruins defenseman Colin Miller to the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round pick in the 2021 draft and a 2022 fifth-round selection.
Union: Player approval needed to play in Montreal
Tony Clark, head of the players’ union, says the Tampa Bay Rays would need its permission to play games in Montreal. Clark said the union considers a team playing home games in two locations to be a mandatory topic of bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act, making it subject to union agreement. Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week the low-drawing Rays may explore a split season in Montreal. No timetable was announced. Clark said requiring a player to maintain two homes during the season would be a ‘‘significant burden.’’ The Montreal Expos were in the National League from 1969-2004 before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals . . . The Tampa Bay Rays added two-way prospect Brendan McKay to their taxi squad in preparation for his major league debut in a pitching start Saturday against Texas. McKay, taken fourth overall in the 2017 draft, was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in Triple A. He also got at-bats at designated hitter.
Revolution look to pick up the pace
After an abysmal start to the season, the Revolution, under new management, have engineered the beginning of a second-half turnaround, going unbeaten in their last five MLS games. New England hosts the struggling Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, looking to extend their unbeaten streak in the series to seven. The Dynamo have played six road games this season, dropping their last five. New England is 3-4-2 in Foxborough this year.
Lashley (67) keeps Rocket Mortgage Classic lead
Nate Lashley shot a 5-under 67 to top the Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard for the second straight day. Lashley had a 14-under 130 total at Detroit Golf Club. Cameron Champ (65) was a stroke back. He played the front nine in 8-under 28, matching the lowest nine-hole score on the PGA Tour this season. Charles Howell III (67) was two shots back. J.T. Poston (63) and Ryan Armour (69) were another stroke back. Dustin Johnson, the world’s second-ranked player, and US Open champion Gary Woodland finished at 2 under to miss the cut by two strokes . . . Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly each carded bogey-free rounds of 6-under 64 at in the second round of the US Senior Open at South Bend, Ind. Stricker broke the tournament 36-hole record at 14-under 126, a day after shooting an event-record 62. David Toms is third at 11 under after a 67. Retief Goosen had a 65 to get to 9 under . . . Inbee Park had five straight birdies in a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Rogers. Paula Creamer, Carlota Ciganda, and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong were a stroke back . . . Michelle Wie is taking a break for the rest of the year. Wie, who had surgery on her right hand in October, recently played the Women's PGA Championship and shot 84-82 for her third straight missed cut.
Rams' Neary suspended 4 games
Los Angeles Rams lineman Aaron Neary has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 30, a day after the Rams play Tampa Bay. The league did not elaborate on the violation. Last September, Neary was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and damaging property . . . Tom Lamb, who retired as Natick High School football coach after the 2009 season, is returning to the Redhawks coaching staff as an assistant coach. Lamb coached the undefeated Natick freshman team in 2018 . . . The Stronach Group, the owner of Santa Anita says "significant improvements" have occurred since it imposed reforms during its recent racing season when 30 horses died at the Southern California track. A statement cited a 58% decrease in the number of fatalities during the winter-spring meet since new rules took effect in mid-March.