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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The last American hero

By Sarah Spain

Tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are all in action today in the men's quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Fish is the only American still standing on the men's or women's side and today he'll have to get through two-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Note: Federer fell to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 earlier today marking the first time he ever lost a Grand Slam match after being up by two sets.

Women's World Cup: Norway defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in the morning match in Germany; the afternoon contest will pit Group D favorites, Brazil against Australia. Get the latest news, game previews and more on espnW's Women's World Cup page.

MLB: Tampa Bay's James Shields will take the mound today against the Reds looking for his fourth consecutive complete game. The Rays ace has struck out 24 and walked just four in posting a .33 ERA over his three straight complete starts. Edinson Volquez gets the nod for Cincinnati in the rubber match of the three-game set (12:10 p.m.). ... The Diamondbacks and Indians play the finale of a three-game set, and if the first two games are any indication, there should be plenty of drama at Chase Field. Cleveland took the opener on a ninth inning home run from Orlando Cabrera, then Arizona took last night's contest on a Wily Mo Pena pinch-hit, ninth inning, game-winning, two-run shot. It'll be Carlos Carrasco versus Arizona's Zach Duke in the rubber match. (3:40 p.m.)

The Nationals will try to avoid getting swept in their first series under new skipper Davey Johnson, while the Angels will look for their first home sweep of the year. Jordan Zimmerman will line up opposite the Halos' Dan Haren in the finale of the three-game set (7:05 p.m.) ... Down in Texas, the Rangers hope to continue their dominance over the Astros. Texas has taken 13 of its last 16 meetings with Houston, including all seven tilts at Minute Maid Park. Brett Myers will try to change the Astros' luck -- and his home luck -- when he takes the hill against Colby Lewis tonight (8:05 p.m.).

The king of interleague pitching, Mark Buehrle, will try to extend his reign over National League teams when he lines up opposite Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies tonight. The White Sox ace is the winningest pitcher in interleague history, boasting a 24-6 record and a 3.32 ERA in 38 starts. A win tonight would put him at 11-0 in his last 15 starts against NL teams (8:40 p.m.)