DirecTV also will carry a second feed of The Tennis Channel in high definition, starting in late November or early December.
As part of the agreement, all 16 million DirecTV customers will have access to The Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open, which starts May 27.
The DirecTV distribution is the latest in a series of recent moves to expand The Tennis Channel's reach and lift its profile.
* Syracuse tailback Delone Carter, the Orange's leading rusher last season, likely will miss the upcoming season as he recovers from a dislocated hip, head coach Greg Robinson said.
* University of Texas regents approved a $200,000 raise for basketball coach Rick Barnes, boosting his salary to $2 million per year. Barnes has led the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003.
* Prep standout Alex Legion has been released from a letter of intent to play basketball at Michigan. New Michigan coach John Beilein announced that Legion, an Inkster, Mich., native, was given his unconditional release from the letter. Beilein also announced that freshman Reed Baker will leave the Wolverines.
* Kevin McHugh resigned as the athletic director at The College of New Jersey to accept a similar position at Bates College in Maine. McHugh spent 20 years at TCNJ.
* James Clark has been named an assistant coach for Drexel's women's basketball team.
* Officer Rocket likely will not run in the Kentucky Derby after a disappointing showing in the Arkansas Derby, said trainer Bob Holthus.
* IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his title against Lamon Brewster in a July 7 rematch in Germany. In a 2004 fight for the WBO title, Brewster won with a fifth-round technical knockout.
* Maria Emma Hulda Lenk, the first South American woman to swim in the Olympics and a pioneer in the development of the butterfly stroke, died in Brazil. She was 92. Lenk fell ill while swimming and was taken to a hospital still conscious. She had a heart attack as doctors were preparing to operate to treat an aneurism.
* Former soccer star Diego Maradona showed signs of improvement, 4 days after being hospitalized for abdominal pains, although doctors said some lab tests came back with abnormal results.
* France's anti-doping laboratory began analyzing Tour de France champion Floyd Landis' "B" urine sample. The tests, which were requested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, were taking place at the Chatenay-Malabry lab outside Paris - the same lab that revealed Landis' positive test after he won the 17th stage of last year's Tour.
* Cuban baseball great Antonio Pacheco, 43, was released from the hospital a day after he began having chest pains while managing Santiago de Cuba into the National Series. Doctors in Santiago de Cuba checked his blood pressure overnight and found no serious complications. *