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Venus Williams injured, but still earns semifinal victory

Venus Williams twisted her ankle while avoiding an upset against Karolina Sprem on Saturday and said the injury could force her to miss the German Open final against Amelie Mauresmo.

Mauresmo surged into today’s title match of this $1.3 million French Open tuneup in Berlin with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of Jennifer Capriati in the other semifinal.

Williams was overpowered in the first set but recovered to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She wore tape on her left ankle after twisting it in the final game against the 19-year-old Croat.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m going to deal with it tonight,” Williams said.

“But I’m extremely motivated to play,” she added. “So that’s a good sign.”

She trailed 3-0 in the final set before regrouping to extend her winning streak to 15 matches.


Teenager on U.S. Ski Team dies

A member of the U.S. Ski Team’s developmental squad died Saturday of head injuries sustained in a crash during a training run earlier in the week.

Shelley Glover, 17, was training at Mount Bachelor Resort in Oregon, when she fell and hit her head Wednesday morning.


Marquez retains belts

Juan Manuel Marquez kept getting up and never gave up. When the fight was over, he had both one amazing comeback and the featherweight titles he brought into the ring against Manny Pacquiao.

Knocked down three times in the first round, Marquez rallied to salvage a draw and retain his WBA and IBF 126-pound titles in a thrilling fight at the MGM Grand hotel arena in Las Vegas.

Horse racing

Jockey in critical condition

Jockey Rick Wilson was in critical condition after falling off his horse during a race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Wilson was thrown from Advance to Go, who stumbled coming out of the gate in the second race. The jockey flipped head over heels to the ground and lay motionless, face down, as the field rounded the first turn.

•Rhythm Mad won his first stakes race, defeating Continental Red by a neck in the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Track and field

Greene sprints to victory in 100

Maurice Greene won the 100 meters at the Japan Grand Prix in Osaka. Green finished in 10:04 seconds to lead a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep. J.J. Johnson was second in 10.11 and Mickey Grimes was third in 10.12.

The U.S. also took the top three places in the women’s 100. Torri Edwards finished in 11.06, followed by Chryste Gaines (11.14) and Angela Daigle (11.27).

•Simon Wangai of Kenya won the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich., finishing the 25-kilometer race in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 15 seconds.

Alevtina Ivanova led the women with a time of 1:26:38. Wangai and Ivanova both won the Lilac Bloomsday Race last Sunday.


Sumner takes over T-Birds

Rob Sumner, who has been the Seattle Thunderbirds’ assistant coach the past nine seasons, has been named the Western Hockey League team’s head coach. Sumner replaces Dean Chynoweth.

•Georgetown basketball star Gerald Riley was charged with hitting a teammate at their home in a dispute over money. Riley was arrested early Friday and released without bond.

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