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Milos Raonic shows his emotion during his loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis at the 2017 Aegon Championships at Queens Club on June 20, 2017 in London. (Patrik Lundin/Getty Images for LTA)

Raonic loses to 698th-ranked player

Milos Raonic’s preparations for Wimbledon received a setback when he lost to No. 698-ranked Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) Tuesday in the first round of the Queen’s grass-court tournament.

In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor stands on a scale during the weigh-in event for his fight against Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 mixed martial arts at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Mayweather-McGregor is a circus

There is really only one reason why the ridiculous spectacle that is Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor has finally been arranged: There was too much money for everyone not to make this apparent fight happen.

In this Thursday, June 15, 2017, photo, Odessa College bull rider Bradie Gray gets stomped in the chest after being thrown during the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

Aussie bull rider in coma

A bull rider from Australia suffered life-threatening injuries when a bull threw him and stepped on his chest at the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming, his coach said Friday.

Juan Martin del Potro stops at the net after losing the first set against Andy Murray during the French Open at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Del Potro blows chance in France

PARIS — Juan Martin del Potro frittered away four chances to claim a gripping opening set against No. 1 Andy Murray at the French Open, including one with a “How did that happen?!” double-fault in a tiebreaker.

SUBMITTED The Mariposa Gymnastics Club.

Gymnasts excel at Sunshine Meet

On May 5 and 6, Mariposa Gymnastics Club hosted their 18th annual Sunshine Meet. Things kicked off on Friday with an Ontario Development Program challenge (ODP) for the youngest athletes. In the six-year-old group were Maddison Dunn, Maggie Lynch and Gracelyn Oevering with Gracey Coombs, Rayne Noganosh and Emma Thomson in the seven to nine-year-old

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Lady Kings hosting car wash Saturday

Members of the Parry Automotive/Kelsey's U19 Orillia Lady Kings are hosting a car wash at Kelsey's Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The car wash is a fundraiser for the reigning provincial champions, who hope to win their second straight Ontario title this summer. While the car wash is happening outside, some members of the Lady Kings will be ins

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Tim Payne and Nancy Konyu are fixtures in the Carthew Bay area and can often be found running along the lakeshore or the nearby Oro-Medonte Rail Trail. The Oro-Medonte couple will be competing at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama next month.

Runners gearing up for nationals

A pair of local runners have qualified for the National Senior Games next month in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim Payne and his wife, Nancy Konyu, will be participating alongside 14,000 other athletes from all over the globe who will be going for gold in 20 different sports.

SUBMITTED The Channel Cats in Markham recently.

Cats break club records at event

The Orillia Channel Cats Swim Club recently competed at the Ontario Team Challenge Championship meet held in Markham at the Pan Am Pool. Each club is limited to taking 40 swimmers. The Channel Cats placed fifth out of 28 clubs from across Ontario.

A LaFleche Roofing Limited base runner rounds third and heads for home following a ball hit to the outfield in Ladies action Saturday at Bayview Park. This year’s tournament saw 30 teams competing spread out across men’s, ladies and co-ed divisions. JAMES EVANS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

GALLERY: Play ball

The Annual Orillia Early Bird Tournament saw all six major Orillia diamonds playing host to games and despite all the recent poor weather over the past two weeks, the City of Orillia had all the diamonds maintained and in great playing condition. This year's tournament saw 30 teams competing spread out across men's, ladies and co-ed divisions.

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