Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- LONDON -- Six-time champion Serena Williams makes the Wimbledon final by routing Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0. Sister Venus Williams, however, cant get there, losing her semifinal to Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4.- World Cup champion Germany and host France play in the semifinals of the European Championship, with the winner to face Portugal for the title on Sunday. Game starts 3 p.m.- OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant formally joins the Golden State Warriors, ready to help Stephen Curry & Co. return to the NBA Finals and win the title after squandering a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers.- MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade, in a guest host appearance on Live With Kelly, says his decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to his Chicago hometown still feels surreal.- EUGENE, Ore. -- Justin Gatlin, widely considered the top challenger to Usain Bolt, begins his bid to add the 200 meters to his Olympic schedule in a preliminary round at the U.S. track and field trials.- SAN JOSE -- Martha Karolyi has her five-woman U.S. womens Olympic gymnastics team already in mind heading into this weekends Olympic trials.- AMSTERDAM -- Track and field chief Sebastian Coe says whistleblower Yulia Stepanova has set an example for athletes. More than a year ago, she helped expose the Russian doping scandal.- RIO DE JANEIRO -- A human rights group says a pattern of covering up police killings has thwarted efforts to curb violence in Rio de Janeiros slums leading to the Olympics.- SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- The two best women golfers in the world will be part of the same group when Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson highlight the opening round of the U.S. Womens Open.- With the baseball season at a halfway point, Ian Desmond, Daniel Murphy and Johnny Cueto are among the acquisitions to have paid immediate dividends for their new teams.- NEW YORK -- The first-place Washington Nationals begin a four-game series against a New York Mets team that has won six of seven and is four games back in the NL East. Game starts 7:10 p.m.- MONTAUBAN, France -- British sprinter Mark Cavendish easily wins the sixth stage of the Tour de France. Belgiums Greg van Avermaet keeps the yellow jersey a day before the race enters the Pyrenees.- ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Notre Dame and Michigan agree to resume their football rivalry, the AP is told. The Fighting Irish will host the Wolverines in 2018, with the series shifting to Michigan Stadium in 2019.- LAS VEGAS -- Jon Jones addresses the apparent doping violation that has thrown his UFC career into turmoil again. The longtime light heavyweight champion has been removed from the main event of UFC 200.- SPARTA, Ky. -- The Kentucky Speedway has new pavement for Saturday nights Sprint Cup race. Drivers seem to like the fact that this will be a less bumpy ride than before. Wholesale NFL Jerseys China .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Cheap Jerseys Online . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. http://www.chinawholesalejerseysnfl.com/ . 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Thats well off Eatons world record of 9,045, set at the world championships last summer in Beijing.But consider this: No one in the decathlete field for the Rio Olympics has a personal-best that matches Eatons mark from the trials.Hes simply in a different stratosphere these days. The only person who can compete against him is, well, a computerized model of himself.No, really.Its almost like I make a digital version of myself, try to compete against that, Eaton explained. I had this little mini sub-goal of trying to score 9,000 every decathlon. It would be cool never to go back to (8,000).At the last Olympic trials, also at Hayward Field, Eaton broke the decathlon world record for the first time. Eugene has long been a special place for him. Its where he and his wife, Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, met while attending the University of Oregon and rose to prominence.Eaton said he was shooting for the record, but his leg made it impossible.I had the same mindset, Eaton said. I would say the expectations personally and externally were a little bit different.The 28-year-old Eaton was in such control that his coach, Harry Marra, actually told him to run the final event, the 1,500, at a slower pace than normal. No sense putting any extra wear and tear on the leg with the Olympic decathlon in six weeks. He still ran event No. 10 in 4 minutes, 25.15 seconds, which was one of the top times.This meet defines Ashton Eaton way more than his world-record performances. Those were great performances, Marra said. But he had so many obstacles physically. ... He did this with a bum leg.A leg his coach wasnt sure was going to hold up during the 400 on Saaturday.ddddddddddddIt did.A leg Eaton wasnt sure was going to be ready for the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday.It was.And through this competition, Eaton learned a little bit more about himself -- he doesnt have to be super aggressive all the time. Smooth works almost as well.The (overall) reviews were pretty good, Eaton said. As a decathlon, if you dont leave with something frustrated then you should quit, because it was perfect.In command, Eaton even had time to take in some other events. He watched Chaunte Lowe win the high jump by holding hold off teenager Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. He also caught Jeffery Hendersons win in the mens long jump and Allyson Felixs blistering performance in the 400.Now those were impressive.Its nice to have a front-row seat as a decathlete, on the field and get to see all that stuff, Eaton said. Those kinds of things are inspirational, and you try to learn from it. Sometimes, I try to pick up little things from the specialists.Taiwo had a solid performance to take second, while Zach Ziemek of Wisconsin wound up third. It was an event that was missing Trey Hardee, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist who didnt finish after suffering a left hamstring injury on the first day.Eatons big plans now will be to squeeze in some rest before he and his wife head to Rio. There, Eaton has a chance to make a little history as he tries to defend his title. That hasnt been done in the decathlon since British star Daley Thompson in 1980 and `84.That would be cool, Eaton said. Awesome company to be in. But there are really good competitors.Asked if he might chase after another world record in Rio, Eaton just grinned.The Olympic Games are so much different from anything else, Eaton said. You dont even talk about world records, in a way. If its there at the very end, sure, Ill run to get it. Other than that, its event to event. ' ' '