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Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open

Thu., Aug. 22, 2013

Tennis: Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury.

Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.

Earlier Wednesday, former top-10 player Mardy Fish of the United States withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing personal reasons. Fish has been trying to make a comeback on the tour.

Paul elected president of NBA players union

Basketball: Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been elected president of the NBA players’ association.

The vote came six months after the players fired Billy Hunter.

• Pistons sign Harrellson: The Detroit Pistons signed center Josh Harrellson to two-year contract for the league minimum with the team holding an option for the second season.

• Player sues Xavier: Former Xavier University basketball player Dez Wells is suing the school, alleging it damaged his reputation by expelling him for what he says was a false sexual assault accusation.

Arsenal dominant in playoff victory

Soccer: Arsenal breezed to a 3-0 victory at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League playoff in Istanbul.

• Chelsea tops Aston Villa: Branislav Ivanovic’s second-half header gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, England.

• Neymar scores in draw: Brazilian recruit Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona to secure a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid.

Heyward beaned, breaks jaw in 2 places

Miscellany: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was struck by a pitch from Mets lefty Jon Niese and will undergo surgery.

The Braves said that Heyward’s jaw has been stabilized.

• Japan beats Mexico to advance: Kazuki Ishida homered to center field in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 2-all tie, and Japan beat Mexico 5-2 to earn a berth in the international championship game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. In the late game, Grant Holman hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth and Chula Vista, Calif., rallied for a 6-3 victory over New England champion Westport, Conn., to earn a berth in the U.S. championship game.

• Sagan wins 3rd stage: Slovakia’s Peter Sagan raced to his second stage victory in the first three legs of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs, Colo, and Australia’s Lachlan Morton retained the overall lead.

• Douglas splits with coach: Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas has left coach Liang Chow’s program in Iowa to join her family in California.

• Doping allegations serious: The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency says Jamaican officials must respond to allegations that their drug-testing procedures are deficient.

• Busch wins Truck race: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for his record 14th overall victory on the high-banked 0.533-mile oval.


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