Ex-Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, the eighth player drafted this year, said he is eager to work out with Tennessee Titans teammates.
Locker plans to work out with Titans teammates soon: Ex-Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, the eighth player drafted this year, said he is eager to work out with Tennessee Titans teammates.
According to the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Locker is scheduled to travel to Southern California for more work with Ken O’Brien, former New York Jets quarterback, this week. In the near future, the paper reported, Locker intends to work out with the Titans regardless of whether the lockout is lifted.
“My plan is to stay in shape and keep my arm in shape, so when we do finally have team workouts I won’t be coming in out of shape trying to catch up,” Locker said.
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Of his work with O’Brien, Locker said, “We’re mainly working on consistency, really. We want to make sure the throws look the same every time. It’s fluid, it’s controlled and it’s correct time after time after time.”
Djokovic extends winning streak to 39 matches: Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the Italian Open final Sunday in Rome.
Djokovic improved to 37-0 this year and, including two victories last year, has won 39 consecutive matches.
Since the Open era began in 1968, the longest winning streak is 46 by Guillermo Vilas in 1977. Other men with winning streaks exceeding 40 are Ivan Lendl (44), John McEnroe (42), Bjorn Borg (41) and Roger Federer (41).
“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of tennis history in some way and part of an elite group of players — Federer, Nadal, McEnroe, (Ivan) Lendl, guys who were winning so many in a row,” the second-ranked Djokovic said.
Russian Maria Sharapova beat Sam Stosur 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s final.
American Andy Roddick pulled out of the doubles final, citing an injured right shoulder. U.S. players John Isner and Sam Querrey won the doubles title by default.
Australian great Ken Rosewall, 76, was admitted to the stroke ward of a Rome hospital after becoming ill when attending the tournament.
Braun leads Chivas USA past New York: Justin Braun scored three goals to lead visiting Chivas USA to a 3-2 victory over Eastern Conference-leading New York in a Major League Soccer match.
West Ham fails to keep spot in English Premier League: Last-place West Ham became the first team relegated from the English Premier League this season when it lost 3-2 at Wigan.
Ajax earns 30th Dutch league title: Ajax captured its 30th Dutch-league title with a 3-1 victory over FC Twente.
Rangers rule Scottish league: Rangers of Glasgow clinched a third straight Scottish-league title when it routed Kilmarnock 5-1. Rangers finished a point ahead of second-place Celtic of Glasgow, which beat visiting Motherwell 4-0.
American Tarpley to miss Women’s World Cup: U.S. midfielder Lindsay Tarpley, 27, will miss this year’s Women’s World Cup in Germany after tearing a ligament in her right knee during Saturday’s 2-0 exhibition victory over Japan.
Kennedy leaves Murray State to coach Texas A&M: Billy Kennedy returned to Texas A&M, leaving Murray State to replace Mark Turgeon as the Aggies’ coach.
Turgeon left to coach Maryland.
Ex-A&M assistant Kennedy, 47, was the Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year twice in five seasons with Murray State.
Visa problem delays Tulsa’s Cambage: Australian center Liz Cambage, the second player drafted this year, will miss the first few days of Tulsa Shock training camp because of a problem with her visa.
Track and field
2008 Olympic marathon champion Wanjiru dies: Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died after jumping from a balcony at his home, police in Kenya said. Wanjiru was 24. Police said the death is subject to further investigation.
Liu ends Oliver’s streak: Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang snapped American David Oliver’s 18-race winning streak, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 13.07 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League event.
Oliver was second in 13.18.
Contador wins stage, takes lead: Giro d’Italia favorite Alberto Contador of the Saxo Bank team won the ninth stage and took the leader’s pink jersey from Rabobank rider Pieter Weening. Contador leads second-place Kanstantsin Sivtsov of the HTC-Highroad team by 59 seconds.
Snow hinders Tour of California: The start of the Tour of California was wiped out because of snow in South Lake Tahoe; the race was cut from eight to seven stages.
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