LONDON (AP) Serena Williams dropped three of the first four games of her opening match at Wimbledon before recovering to beat 113th-ranked qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1.
The top-seeded Williams extended her pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title and her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam, too, by taking 11 of the last 13 games. Williams has also won her past 22 Grand Slam matches.
It was, otherwise, a mostly routine Day 1 for the biggest names on the schedule. Defending champion Novak Djokovic - and the player he lost to in the French Open final this month, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka - won in straight sets. So did 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and two other major title winners and former No. 1-ranked women, Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic.
Venus Williams also won, beating fellow American and 36th-ranked Madison Brengle, 6-0, 6-0.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Cleveland Indians rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start before Tampay Bay's Grady Sizemore homered against his old team with one out. Evan Longoria followed with a single before the Anderson, a 24-year-old right-hander, settled to retire the last five batters he faced.
Yan Gomes had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth for the Indians, who won 7-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.
NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead.
Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million votes had been cast.
The starters will be announced Sunday, with the pitchers, reserves and candidates for the final spot to be presented Monday. The game is July 14 in Cincinnati.
Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Omar Infante held leads.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andy MacPhail is the new man in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies with plans to take over as team president after this season. He'll eventually replace Pat Gillick, who helped choose his successor. MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the rest of this season, then take over all business and baseball operations.
The 62-year-old MacPhail won two World Series as general manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991 and later served as president of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI (AP) - The relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat is about to be tested like never before, and the most accomplished player in franchise history may soon have a new home.
Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, electing to pass on a $16.1 million option for next season and see what he's worth on the open market. His decision was announced Monday afternoon by a spokesperson in a 61-word press release, after both Wade and his agent Henry Thomas did not respond to requests for comment.
Wade played for all three of Miami's NBA championship teams. He's been an All-Star in 11 of his 12 seasons, and is Miami's all-time leader in plenty of categories including games, points, assists and steals.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights.
After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year's national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him.
Ryan surprised the college basketball world when he announced that he plans to retire after next season as he looks to pass the torch after molding the Badgers into a national power.
Ryan said it is his hope that longtime Badgers assistant Greg Gard is chosen to succeed him. The associate head coach has been on Ryan's staff dating to 1993, when the two were at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville.
TORONTO (AP) - Stanley Cup winners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Sergei Fedorov and former NHL star Phil Housley are among the seven newcomers in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Hall announced that Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. also were voted into the shrine.
Pronger, traded from Philadelphia to Arizona last weekend, hasn't played since November 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome. He works for the league. The fearsome defenseman was eligible because of a bylaw that specifies a player's final game must be three full seasons ago.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Once heralded as a key part of the Buffalo Sabres future, Cody Hodgson's career in Western New York will soon be over.
A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that the Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.
Hodgson signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract with the team in 2013 in one of the last significant deals under former general manager Darcy Regier. Hodgson had 20 goals and 44 points in 2013-14, but managed just six goals and 13 points over 78 games last season.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks agreed to a five-year, $16.35 million contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon.
Agent Jarrett Bousquet said the two sides reached an agreement before Dillon could become a restricted free agent later this week. ESPN first reported the deal.
The Sharks acquired Dillon during last season from Dallas in exchange for Jason Demers and a draft pick. The 24-year-old Dillon had two goals and seven assists in 60 games for San Jose.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards' contract, claiming the underachieving forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms.
The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings' prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, $69 million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in 2008.
The Kings acquired Richards in 2011, and he played a key supporting role on their two Stanley Cup champion teams. But Richards' scoring production has declined sharply during his tenure in Los Angeles, culminating in just 16 points from 53 games last season.
The Kings refused to detail their grounds for terminating Richards' deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020.