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June 16, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was suspended indefinitely after being cited for speeding while driving with a suspended license. The suspension was announced after the school said its compliance office was looking into the matter because the car Harris was driving had been rented by a university employee. In other college news: The Detroit Titans are renaming their basketball court after their former coach, Dick Vitale . Tennessee hired Cal State Fullerton baseball coach Dave Serrano . Philly File Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse coach Pat Cullinan resigned after seven seasons.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON - Maria Sharapova's coach called it "a statement. " For exactly 1 hour of excellence, Sharapova played - and sounded - exactly the way she did when she was a teenager, when it seemed nothing could stop her. Those powerful-as-ever groundstrokes cut through the grass, landing right where she wanted. Those solid-as-ever service returns flummoxed her overmatched opponent. And those loud-as-ever shrieks bounced around Centre Court, its retractable roof shut to keep out the rain.
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May 26, 2010 | Associated Press
PARIS - Andy Roddick's preparation for this French Open was hardly traditional. Or ideal, from a purely tennis perspective, anyway. He skipped a clay-court event in Rome so he could celebrate his 1-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker. He missed another tuneup tournament in Madrid because of a stomach virus. Scrambling to get set, Roddick played a couple of hastily arranged exhibitions and practiced a bunch at Roland Garros with fellow pro Mardy Fish, a pal since high school.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Maria Sharapova looked like a champion under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon, advancing to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2006 with a 6-1, 6-1 win Tuesday over Dominika Cibulkova. Sharapova, the only Wimbledon champion remaining in the women's draw after the Williams sisters were eliminated a day earlier, won eight straight games to win the first set and take control of the second. The fifth-seeded Russian has not lost a set at this year's tournament, and she was nowhere near losing one Tuesday.
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June 27, 2011
After Sunday's traditional day off at Wimbledon, action resumes Monday with all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches. Two stand out in particular. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal takes on No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, while No. 23 Venus Williams faces No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in a rematch of the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinal won by Pironkova. The last American man in the field, No. 10 Mardy Fish , will be playing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych . MLS: Marco Pappa's long-distance goal in the 58th minute lifted the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls in Bridgeview, Ill. The point for the tie pulled New York within two of the Union for the Eastern Conference lead.
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June 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Spain's Rafael Nadal easily moved into the third round Thursday at the French Open, while Britain's Andy Murray overcame back trouble to advance at Roland Garros. Grimacing in pain with almost every step, Murray nearly had to call it quits because of a back spasm before rebounding from an awful first set to beat Jarkko Nieminen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "I was a few points probably from stopping," Murray said. "I just didn't really want to stop the match. Then at the end of the second set I started standing up at the change of ends, and my back started to loosen up a little bit. " A few hours later on the same court, 10th-seeded American John Isner produced yet another marathon match, but this time lost, 18-16, in the fifth set. Nadal also made it to the third round, defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and improving his record at Roland Garros to 47-1.
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June 27, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON - About 18 months removed from his last Grand Slam championship, Roger Federer figures it's about time for another, which would be his record-tying seventh at Wimbledon. Despite nearly a year away from the game because of a series of health scares, Serena Williams warns that she "wouldn't bet against" herself. And even though he's yet to drop a set through three matches - something he'd never managed to do at the All England Club - Rafael Nadal keeps talking up his opponent's chances.
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June 28, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Walking away from Centre Court, Oracene Price - mother and sometimes-coach to Serena and Venus Williams - shook her head after watching one daughter lose at Wimbledon, then the other. Undeniably great as she is, even defending champion Serena found it too tough to make a deep run at her first Grand Slam tournament in a year after a series of health scares. And as successful as Venus has been at the All England Club, even she couldn't muster her best after missing nearly five months with a hip injury.
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June 25, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Head bowed, Andy Roddick trudged off Centre Court, his purple Wimbledon towel dragging along the turf. As the three-time runner-up at the All England Club headed for the exit, he passed some kids clamoring for an autograph from their front-row perch. Roddick paused and tossed his blue-framed racket underhand. Thanks to his latest earlier-than-anticipated Grand Slam loss, the American won't be needing it next week. The eighth-seeded Roddick departed quickly Friday, beaten, 7-6 (2)
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June 25, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Head bowed, Andy Roddick trudged off Centre Court, his purple Wimbledon towel dragging along the turf. As the three-time runner-up at the All England Club headed for the exit, he passed some kids clamoring for an autograph from their front-row perch. Roddick paused and tossed his blue-framed racket underhand. Thanks to his latest earlier-than-anticipated Grand Slam loss, the American won't be needing it next week. The eighth-seeded Roddick departed quickly yesterday, beaten 7-6 (2)
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September 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Didn't take long for Serena Williams to show her fourth-round opponent at the U.S. Open where things were headed. "The first point of the whole match," 82nd-ranked Andrea Hlavackova explained, "when I served, and she returned, like, a 100 mph forehand return, I was like, 'OK, I know who I'm playing. You don't have to prove it to me. I know.' " Monday's match was less than 15 seconds old. It might as well have been over. Dominant from the moment she ripped that return of an 88 mph second serve, forcing Hlavackova into an out-of-control backhand that sailed well long, to the moment she powered a 116 mph service winner on the last point, Williams extended her 2 1/2-month stretch of excellence with a 6-0, 6-0 victory to get to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
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June 29, 2012 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping. With the Prince of Wales visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1970, the Swiss star was at his best Wednesday and beat Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Federer, a six-time winner at the All England Club, won 37 of 41 points on his first serve and 21 of 23 points at the net against Fognini, an Italian ranked 68th. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall sat in the first row of the Royal Box as Federer walked onto Centre Court for the day's first match.
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June 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Spain's Rafael Nadal easily moved into the third round Thursday at the French Open, while Britain's Andy Murray overcame back trouble to advance at Roland Garros. Grimacing in pain with almost every step, Murray nearly had to call it quits because of a back spasm before rebounding from an awful first set to beat Jarkko Nieminen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. "I was a few points probably from stopping," Murray said. "I just didn't really want to stop the match. Then at the end of the second set I started standing up at the change of ends, and my back started to loosen up a little bit. " A few hours later on the same court, 10th-seeded American John Isner produced yet another marathon match, but this time lost, 18-16, in the fifth set. Nadal also made it to the third round, defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, and improving his record at Roland Garros to 47-1.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Maria Sharapova looked like a champion under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon, advancing to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2006 with a 6-1, 6-1 win Tuesday over Dominika Cibulkova. Sharapova, the only Wimbledon champion remaining in the women's draw after the Williams sisters were eliminated a day earlier, won eight straight games to win the first set and take control of the second. The fifth-seeded Russian has not lost a set at this year's tournament, and she was nowhere near losing one Tuesday.
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June 29, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON - Maria Sharapova's coach called it "a statement. " For exactly 1 hour of excellence, Sharapova played - and sounded - exactly the way she did when she was a teenager, when it seemed nothing could stop her. Those powerful-as-ever groundstrokes cut through the grass, landing right where she wanted. Those solid-as-ever service returns flummoxed her overmatched opponent. And those loud-as-ever shrieks bounced around Centre Court, its retractable roof shut to keep out the rain.
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June 28, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Walking away from Centre Court, Oracene Price - mother and sometimes-coach to Serena and Venus Williams - shook her head after watching one daughter lose at Wimbledon, then the other. Undeniably great as she is, even defending champion Serena found it too tough to make a deep run at her first Grand Slam tournament in a year after a series of health scares. And as successful as Venus has been at the All England Club, even she couldn't muster her best after missing nearly 5 months with a hip injury.
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June 28, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Walking away from Centre Court, Oracene Price - mother and sometimes-coach to Serena and Venus Williams - shook her head after watching one daughter lose at Wimbledon, then the other. Undeniably great as she is, even defending champion Serena found it too tough to make a deep run at her first Grand Slam tournament in a year after a series of health scares. And as successful as Venus has been at the All England Club, even she couldn't muster her best after missing nearly five months with a hip injury.
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June 27, 2011
After Sunday's traditional day off at Wimbledon, action resumes Monday with all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches. Two stand out in particular. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal takes on No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, while No. 23 Venus Williams faces No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in a rematch of the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinal won by Pironkova. The last American man in the field, No. 10 Mardy Fish , will be playing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych . MLS: Marco Pappa's long-distance goal in the 58th minute lifted the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls in Bridgeview, Ill. The point for the tie pulled New York within two of the Union for the Eastern Conference lead.
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June 27, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON - About 18 months removed from his last Grand Slam championship, Roger Federer figures it's about time for another, which would be his record-tying seventh at Wimbledon. Despite nearly a year away from the game because of a series of health scares, Serena Williams warns that she "wouldn't bet against" herself. And even though he's yet to drop a set through three matches - something he'd never managed to do at the All England Club - Rafael Nadal keeps talking up his opponent's chances.
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June 25, 2011 | Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England - Head bowed, Andy Roddick trudged off Centre Court, his purple Wimbledon towel dragging along the turf. As the three-time runner-up at the All England Club headed for the exit, he passed some kids clamoring for an autograph from their front-row perch. Roddick paused and tossed his blue-framed racket underhand. Thanks to his latest earlier-than-anticipated Grand Slam loss, the American won't be needing it next week. The eighth-seeded Roddick departed quickly Friday, beaten, 7-6 (2)
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