Paul becomes president of players’ association
Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul was elected president of the NBA players’ association Wednesday, replacing Derek Fisher.
The vote by NBA player representatives came six months after the union fired Billy Hunter as executive director, a position that remains vacant. Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Fisher of conspiring with NBA officials during the 2011 lockout.
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“We definitely discussed (hiring an executive director), but there’s no rush,” Paul said. “For us, it’s all about getting our house in order and making sure that everything moves right in that direction.”
Paul was a vice president on the executive committee for the past four years.
“It was something I saw as a challenge, something I knew I’d be able to handle,” Paul said. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a lot of responsibility comes with this position but I’m very fortunate to have an outstanding committee of guys. The past couple of days have been outstanding, the dialogue we’ve had as an executive committee also with the players that have come in town, it was amazing.”
Sharapova (shoulder) withdraws from U.S. Open
Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a right shoulder injury.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced the 2006 champion’s withdrawal.
Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
Sharapova originally was seeded third at the U.S. Open.
Also, Mardy Fish pulled out of the U.S. Open, the latest setback in his bid to make a comeback on tour after dealing with heart issues.
The U.S. Tennis Association said the 31-year-old American cited “personal reasons” for his withdrawal.
Stephens wins in New Haven
American Sloane Stephens beat Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 to advance to the New Haven Open quarterfinals..
Real Salt Lake ties Portland
Cole Grossman’s goal in stoppage time helped Real Salt Lake earn a 3-3 tie with host Portland in an MLS match.
The improbable result came with RSL (12-8-6) playing a man down and kept the visitors in first place in the West. The Timbers (9-3-12), who play at Sounders FC on Sunday, are tied with Colorado for second place in the West.
In Carson, Calif., David Ferreira and Ramon Nunez scored in the last four minutes and FC Dallas snapped an 11-match MLS winless streak with a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA. It was FC Dallas’ first league win since May 25.
Douglas splits with coach
Gabby Douglas is on the move.
The Olympic all-around gymnastics champion left coach Liang Chow’s gym in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week to join her family in California after a recent move from Virginia Beach, Va. The 17-year-old remains on “good terms” with Chow, Missy Parton, whose family hosted Douglas in Iowa, said Wednesday.
Chow is out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Douglas’ mother, Natalie Hawkins, did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.
Sagan wins another ProChallenge stage
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan raced to his second stage victory in the first three legs of the USA Pro Challenge, and Australia’s Lachlan Morton retained the overall lead Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Sagan, riding for Italian-based Cannondale, completed the 106.1-mile stage from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 18 seconds for his 17th win of the season.
• Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his record 14th overall victory on the high-banked, 0.533-mile oval.
• Skipper Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand completed a pair of near-flawless races Wednesday, overpowering Italy’s Luna Rossa to take a 4-1 lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals.
• Escapefromreality won the $150,000 Albany Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course, beating favored Amberjack by 2 lengths. Escapefromreality, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Dominick Schittino, ran 1/
8 miles in 1 minute, 51.61 seconds.
• Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points, Tamika Catchings had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the visiting Indiana Fever snapped a three-game skid with an 80-63 WNBA victory over San Antonio.
• Top-seeded Sara Errani fell to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 at the New Haven Open.
• American Sam Querrey edged Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (14-12) to advance to the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals.
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