Injured Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open tuneups
Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.
The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.
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He said in a statement he injured himself Tuesday, but added: “I expect to be well for the U.S. Open.”
If the retired Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to competitive tennis, U.S. Open officials said they would offer him and pal Mardy Fish a doubles wild card next year.
Roddick complained this week that he wanted to play doubles with Fish at Flushing Meadows next month — until finding out that the 2003 U.S. Open champion is not eligible to compete. Roddick would need to have three months in the sport’s drug-testing program before being eligible to return to competition.
The WTA said Sabine Lisicki of Germany hit the fastest record serve in the history of the women’s tennis tour, reaching 131 mph against Ana Ivanovic in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday. The previous fastest WTA serve was 129 mph, by Venus Williams at the 2007 U.S. Open.
In play Wednesday, top-ranked Serena Williams won in her first match since defaulting in a doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon, beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2 in the second round.
Pauley Pavilion flooded
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play in Pauley this fall. An inspection revealed no structural damage. The hardwood playing surface, which was warped and swelling at the edges, will be replaced.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, a police report said.
An officer kept his weapon drawn until another officer handcuffed the players. The officers then determined the players’ pistol was a pellet gun. It was confiscated and the players were released with no charges, the 2012 report said. The incident was reported Wednesday by USA Today.
Stanford receiver and All-America kick returner Ty Montgomery said he’s in the final stages of his rehabilitation from right shoulder surgery and hopes to play in the opener against UC Davis on Aug. 30.
Track and field
Amputee long jumper left off German team
The debate over whether disabled athletes using prosthetic devices should compete alongside able-bodied athletes took an unusual turn this week when a German amputee long jumper qualified for next month’s European Championships in dramatic fashion, only to learn that his national federation would not place him on its roster because officials deemed his prosthetic leg advantageous.
The jumper, Markus Rehm, 25, had his right leg amputated below the knee after a boating accident when he was 14 and won a gold medal at the Paralympics in 2012. On Saturday, he participated against able-bodied competitors at the German Championships in Ulm and won the long jump with a leap of 27 feet, ½ inch.
• Greg Ives, who was shipped over to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide Series team at the end of 2012 to gain experience as crew chief, was chosen as Steve Letarte’s replacement as crew chief with NASCAR’s most popular driver for next season. Letarte will work as an analyst for NBC.
• Tommy Haas of Germany has officially withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of surgery on his right shoulder, opening up a spot in the main draw for Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
• John Isner, at No. 12 the top-ranked American man in the world, was beaten by fellow American Steve Johnson 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the Citi Open’s second round in Washington, D.C.
• Wake Up Nick won the $100,000 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-olds by 4¼ lengths at Del Mar (Calif.). He ran 5½ furlongs in 1:04.49 and paid $3.40 to win. California Chrome won last year’s Graduation and went on to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this spring.
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