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Saturday / April 20.
  • LONDON (AP) — The “Big 4” got a tough draw at Wimbledon.

    Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the only four men to win the Wimbledon title over the last 14 years and the top four seeded players this year, all could face difficult opponents in the quarterfinals.

    Federer, who is looking for a record eighth title at the All England Club, could meet 2016 finalist Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals before facing either Djokovic or Dominic Thiem the semifinals. Defending champion Murray could have to beat Stan Wawrinka before possibly facing Nadal. The French Open champion might have to beat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.

    The toughest draw might have been given to Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club. Struggling since winning last year’s French Open, the Serb has a potential third-round match against Juan Martin del Potro. The 2009 US Open champion beat Djokovic in the first round at last year’s Olympics. Djokovic, however, has won all three head-to-head matches this year.

    Former Kentucky players Isaiah Briscoe, Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress are among those trying to impress the Philadelphia 76ers this week during a mini-camp leading up to summer league.

    The 6-foot-3 Briscoe went undrafted last week, and his participation with the Sixers was first reported by ZAGSBLOG. The 6-6 Harrison went undrafted in 2015 and the 6-7 Poythress in 2016. All three are playing in the mini-camp alongside numerous players, including No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz.

    “It’s a blessing,” Briscoe said Thursday at the Sixers’ facility in Camden, N.J. “I thank God for being in this position. I am going to take full advantage of it. I am enjoying the process. I’m having fun with it, just out here competing with these guys. It has been fun.” 

    Isaiah Mucius, the 6-foot-8, 183-pound Class of 2018 small forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy and the PSA Cardinals AAU program, visited UConn and Temple this week and plans to cut his list later this summer.

    “Each school’s message was different but they both want me to make an immediate impact on their programs,” he said.

    As for UConn: “UConn wants me to replace Terry Larrier and be an impact player from Day One. They want me to be able to play all positions.”

    On Temple: “Temple said that I would be another version of Quentin Rose who is there and they would use me in multiple positions.”

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