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Howard Fendrich

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Serena comes back to win U.S. Open title

Serena Williams comes back to beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to win the U,S. Open women’s title.

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Roddick's career ends with loss to del Potro

More than an hour after hitting one last shot as a professional tennis player, then delivering one last, voice-wavering speech to an adoring U.S. Open audience, Andy Roddick exited the locker room one last time.

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Azarenka edges '11 Open champ Stosur

NEW YORK -- So, Victoria Azarenka, what went through your mind as your high-tension, high-quality U.S. Open quarterfinal victory over defending champion Sam Stosur stretched into a third-set tiebreaker?. "You don't want to know what I kept telling myself," Azarenka deadpanned Tuesday. "I would have to

Serena, Federer ease into US Open's 4th round

Serena Williams does not enjoy viewing videos of her losses. Not one bit.

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Roddick announces he's retiring after US Open

Andy Roddick let the tennis world in on a little secret he kept for a couple of days: This U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career. Roddick made the surprising announcement on his 30th birthday.

Roddick, Venus Williams keep on keeping on at US Open

NEW YORK -- That Andy Roddick's last match as a twentysomething would not be his last match at the 2012 U.S. Open was hardly in doubt Tuesday, especially whenever he was launching that intimidating, tough-to-handle serve of his.. To close the first set: ace at 141 mph.. To

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Wimbledon champ Federer eyes Olympic singles gold

The morning after Roger Federer won a record-tying seventh Wimbledon championship, he returned to the site of his latest triumph to conduct interviews in various languages and, while there, ran into All England Club Chairman Philip Brook.

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Williams, back on top, wins fifth Wimbledon

For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months.

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24 aces help Serena Williams reach Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams wins with so much more than serving, of course.. Her groundstrokes are as intimidating as they come. Superb speed and anticipation fuel her court-covering defense. Her returns are more than solid, too.. When that serve is on-target, though, it sure is something special

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Djokovic vs. Federer highlight semifinals

WIMBLEDON, England -- After curling in a 102 mph ace to grab a two-set lead a mere 56 minutes into his Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday, Roger Federer casually pulled an extra tennis ball from his pocket and strolled to sit in his changeover chair for a sip to drink.. No

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Day later, other Williams wins at Wimbledon

On one point Tuesday at Wimbledon, Serena Williams dumped a forehand into the net and dropped to a knee, her jaw clenched as she let out a shriek.

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Top tennis trio has won 28 of past 29 majors

As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy in two weeks. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same.

For ‘Novak Slam,’ Djokovic must top Nadal in Paris

PARIS — Novak Djokovic has won 27 matches in a row at Grand Slam tournaments. If he can make that 28 by beating Rafael Nadal in today’s French Open final, Djokovic will earn a fourth consecutive major title, something no man has accomplished since 1969.

Sharapova beats Errani for 1st French Open title

Maria Sharapova won the French Open 6-3, 6-2 over Sara Errani.

Marathon Man Isner loses 18-16 in 5th at French

PARIS -- This, then, is who John Isner is for now: The Marathon Man of Tennis, the guy who plays and plays and plays, for hours on end, until the last set seems interminable.. At Wimbledon two years ago, he won 70-68 in the fifth, the longest set and match

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NFL suspends 4 players for Saints' bounties

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system.

Johnson leads Hawks past Wizards, 95-92

WASHINGTON -- Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 on Saturday night.. Josh Smith added 20 points and nine rebounds

Some NFL players still OK hiding concussions

Ask Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew whether he would try to play through a concussion or yank himself from a game, and he'll provide a straightforward answer.

Some NFL players still OK hiding concussions

Ask Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew whether he would try to play through a concussion or yank himself from a game, and he'll provide a straightforward answer.. "Hide it," the NFL rushing leader said.

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Nadal beats Roddick, sets up semifinal clash with Murray

NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick's legs felt fatigued.. The crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium was hushed.. And defending champion Rafael Nadal was at his court-covering, groundstroke-whipping, serve-stopping best.. Hardly a good combination for the last American man in the U.S. Open.. Overwhelming Roddick right from the start

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US Open men's final moved to Monday for fourth year in row

NEW YORK -- Even in Thursday's perfect weather, Andy Roddick ran into trouble completing a rain-delayed victory at the U.S. Open -- this time, because of water seeping through a crack behind a baseline in the tournament's second-largest stadium.. At least he finally got to finish a 6-3

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Us Open Men's Final Moved To Monday For Fourth Year In Row

NEW YORK -- Even in Thursday's perfect weather, Andy Roddick ran into trouble completing a rain-delayed victory at the U.S. Open -- this time, because of water seeping through a crack behind a baseline in the tournament's second-largest stadium.

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NFL players study deal OK'd by owners

The NFL is stuck in a holding pattern, with work still to be done to end the lockout. Heck, the players haven't even scheduled a vote.

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Sharapova reaches 1st Wimbledon final since '04

Maria Sharapova beat wild-card entry Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-3 to return to the final at the All England Club for the first time since 2004, when she won the title at 17.

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Federer knocked out in quarters at Wimbledon

Facing a younger, quicker and better-serving opponent, Federer failed to make his big lead stand up and lost 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals.

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Serena leads past champs into 4th round

Serena Williams was part of a parade of past champions who breezed into the fourth round Saturday, joined by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, who all were straight-set winners, too.

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Li Na beaten in 2nd round at Wimbledon

The third-seeded Li Na wasted two match points and succumbed to the speedy serving of wild-card entry Sabine Lisicki of Germany in a 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 loss.

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Serena gets emotional win in opener at Wimbledon

The 352 days Serena Williams lived through between Grand Slam appearances were filled with health problems and hospitalizations, doubts and depression.

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Venus Williams, Nadal win Wimbledon openers

Back on one of tennis' top stages, Venus Williams cut a familiar figure Monday at Wimbledon, from her latest original, somewhat-see-through outfit to her trademark booming serves and aggressive groundstrokes.

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China has grand champ in Li

As China's Li Na tossed the ball while serving at match point in the French Open final, a cry from a fan in the stands pierced the silence at Court Philippe Chatrier.

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Sharapova's 10 double-faults help Li

Maria Sharapova's 10th double-fault of an error-filled afternoon, closing Li Na's 6-4, 7-5 victory

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Hudson, Heyward lead Braves to win

Rookie Jason Heyward gave Atlanta its first steal of home in a decade, and Tim Hudson shut down Washington the way he almost always does, helping the NL East-leading Braves beat the last-place Nationals 3-1 Wednesday night.

Sans Strasburg, Nats beat Braves

With Stephen Strasburg suddenly scratched, reliever Miguel Batista was pressed into making his first start in nearly two years -- and the 39-year-old journeyman was rather Strasburglike.

Wimbledon match lasts record 10 hours

WIMBLEDON, England -- On and on and on, and on some more, they played -- longer than anyone ever had before. And still there was no winner. John Isner of Tampa, Fla., and Nicolas Mahut of France were tied at 59-59 in the fifth set at Wimbledon after exactly 10 hours of action when play was suspended because of darkness Wednesday night. It is by far the longest match in terms of games or time in the century-plus history of tennis.

Harris' pinch-hit RBI lifts Nats over Braves 3-2

WASHINGTON -- Scott Olsen took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Willie Harris delivered the winning RBI single in the ninth, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Thursday night.

Harris' pinch-hit RBI lifts Nats over Braves 3-2

WASHINGTON — Scott Olsen took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Willie Harris delivered the winning RBI single in the ninth, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Thursday night.

Williams fined $10,000; new investigation opened

NEW YORK - Serena Williams' profanity-laced, finger-pointing tirade at a U.S. Open linesperson drew a $10,000 fine Sunday, and more punishment could follow from a broader investigation into what the head of the tournament called her "threatening manner."

Oudin's dazzling ride in New York ends

NEW YORK - Melanie Oudin's magical U.S. Open is over.

New mother Clijsters beats V.Williams at US Open

NEW YORK - A half-hour after getting past Venus Williams in a three-set tussle at the U.S. Open, Kim Clijsters had her hands full again.

US teen Oudin knocks off another seed at Open

NEW YORK - When Melanie Oudin wakes up each morning these days, sharing a king-sized hotel bed with her mother, she's basically your average teen visiting the big city.

2 Williamses, 2 Russians in Wimbledon semis

WIMBLEDON, England - Her 19th consecutive victory at the All England Club already wrapped up, Venus Williams grabbed a seat and watched younger sister Serena win easily to reach the semifinals, too.

Marietta teen stuns ex-No. 1 Jankovic in third round of Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England - As a tyke growing up in Marietta, Melanie Oudin would watch Venus and Serena Williams on TV and tell anyone who would listen that she was going to play at Wimbledon, too, one day.

Federer rallies past del Potro to reach French final

PARIS - Fresh off a ragged, rugged, five-set French Open semifinal victory Friday, Roger Federer was leaving for the night when a dozen or so fans drew his attention.

Vick will have to find an NFL team to take a chance

As Michael Vick appears in a Virginia court to answer state dogfighting charges today, he has reason to hope his aim of one day returning to the NFL could be realized.

Dolphins trade Taylor to Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. - The trade Jason Taylor and the Miami Dolphins sought for months came together quickly once the Washington Redskins suddenly found themselves needing a defensive end.

Nationals open new stadium by beating Braves 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Oh, yes, they will talk about the first game at Nationals Park for years.

Johnson's surge in fourth quarter leads Hawks past Wizards

WASHINGTON - As well as Joe Johnson was shooting, it was one of his passes that led to the game's biggest basket for the surging Atlanta Hawks.

NFL, union form 'alliance' to help retired players Vick also topic at meeting

WASHINGTON - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union head Gene Upshaw met with nearly a dozen former players Tuesday to discuss a new joint effort to look into disability pay and health care for retirees.

No surprise: Nadal, Federer meet again

WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer sneaked a peak at Bjorn Borg in the Centre Court stands, then carried on with the business at hand.

Painful loss for Roddick American blows his two-set lead

WIMBLEDON, England - Two points.

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