June 16, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Serena gets break in seedings

 
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Serena Williams is seeded No. 7 heading into Wimbledon.
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Tennis: Defending champion Serena Williams was bumped up to No. 7 in the Wimbledon seedings – 19 places above her world ranking – on Wednesday, a position that will allow her to avoid playing the highest-ranked players until at least the quarterfinals.

Williams won her 13th Grand Slam title last year at the All England Club at Wimbledon, England, but stepped on broken glass and needed two foot surgeries. She later had blood clots in her lungs, and missed nearly a year of competition.

She was originally seeded No. 8, but the withdrawal of second-seeded Kim Clijsters moved the field up one spot.

Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, was seeded No. 24. She has dropped to 33rd in the rankings since missing most of this season with a hip injury.

At the top of the women’s seeding list is top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki. Vera Zvonareva moved up to No. 2 and French Open champion Li Na was pushed up to No. 3. Another former winner, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, was bumped up to No. 5, one behind Victoria Azarenka.

Wimbledon starts Monday. The draw is set for Friday.

On the men’s side, defending champion Rafael Nadal was seeded No. 1, followed by Novak Djokovic at No. 2, Roger Federer at No. 3 and Andy Murray at No. 4 – in line with their rankings.

Federer and Nadal have combined for the past eight titles at the All England Club.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson was arrested for public intoxication in Irving, Texas.

Police in suburban Irving say Stevenson was arrested Tuesday night after reports of an intoxicated person walking through the grounds of an apartment complex. Police say Stevenson didn’t know where he was and he was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

He was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting bail. Mavericks spokeswoman Sarah Melton said the team had no comment on the arrest.

Heat want to keep Chalmers: Getting in position to try and keep Mario Chalmers has become the first personnel move of the Miami Heat offseason.

As expected, the Heat extended a qualifying offer to Chalmers, making him a restricted free agent and giving Miami the right to match any contract offer he receives over the summer.

Wuerffel hospitalized with Guillain-Barre

Miscellany: Former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is undergoing treatment for a potentially debilitating disease called Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Desire Street Ministries, a nonprofit, faith-based organization with which Wuerffel works said in a statement that the former quarterback contracted the disorder from a stomach virus.

Spokeswoman Sara Pace said Wuerffel initially was hospitalized in Montgomery, Ala., and later transferred to Birmingham, but is now receiving outpatient treatment at a location the family would like to remain private. He expects to make a full recovery.

The syndrome occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the nervous system.

Wuerffel played for Florida from 1993-96, then spent six season in the NFL with New Orleans, Green Bay, Chicago and Washington.

Report on NCAA football revenue released: More football-playing colleges are cutting back on costs and turning profits, too.

The latest NCAA annual report on revenue and expenses shows that 22 Football Bowl Subdivision schools made money in 2009-10, eight more than the previous year, and that schools in both Division I football subdivisions have figured out how to halt a rapid increase in expenses.

The report was released two days after NCAA President Mark Emmert announced he would hold a retreat later this summer to discuss the fiscal sustainability of athletic departments. About 50 university leaders are expected to attend.

Eight challengers announced for America’s Cup: Eight challengers from seven nations have been confirmed for the opening race of the new America’s Cup World Series in August in Portugal.

Also competing with two boats will be defending champion Oracle Racing of San Francisco.

Representatives from Oracle Racing, Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing of Sweden, China Team, Team Korea, Venezia Challenge of Italy and two teams from France, Energy Team and Aleph-Equipe De France, appeared together in San Francisco.

U.S. Open to return to Shinnecock: The U.S. Open will return to Shinnecock Hills at Bethesda, Md., in 2018, heading back to a golf course that produced one of the most embarrassing final rounds in the tournament’s history.

Retief Goosen won by two shots over Phil Mickelson in 2004 after a final round marred by greens that were almost too fast to play.

No one broke par in the final round and the average score was 78.7.


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