Martina Hingis, who won five major singles titles, leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Hingis heads Hall of Fame class

Martina Hingis, who won five major singles titles, leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Other new members of the Hall announced Monday are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long’s election was announced earlier.

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The induction ceremony is July 13 in Newport, R.I.

Swiss standout Hingis won 15 major titles, including nine in women’s doubles and one in mixed doubles. She was the youngest woman to reach No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings, getting there in March 1997 at 16 ½, and spent a total of 209 weeks in the top spot.

Hingis, often troubled by foot injuries, retired for the second time in 2007, when she drew a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. Hingis denied taking the drug but did not appeal the ruling.

Del Potro beats Nadal at Garden

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Nadal is on the comeback trail after suffering a left-knee injury and plans to compete in California later this week.

In the first half of the doubleheader, top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-3.


Kaleta gets 5-game suspension

The NHL suspended Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta for five games, its most severe punishment of the season. Kaleta shoved New York Rangers center Brad Richards from behind and into the boards Sunday night.

The suspension will cost Kaleta slightly more than $72,000 in salary.

Goalie Ward to miss 6-8 weeks

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, a former All-Star, will miss six to eight weeks because of a sprained knee ligament suffered in Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Florida, team officials said.

Toronto trades Brown to Oilers

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded forward Mike Brown, a former Vancouver Canuck, to the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Brown, 27, has five major penalties for fighting in the 12 games he has played this season.


Whitecaps’ DeMerit has injury

Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out indefinitely. The center back played the first seven minutes of Vancouver’s Major League Soccer season-opening 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday before leaving with the injury.

Beckham to play in exhibition

Former England captain David Beckham will play in an all-star match in China in November as part of a deal to help raise the sport’s profile in the world’s most populous country.

Obese fans to get special seats

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to be the first to offer special seats for obese fans.

The seats will be offered to conform to Brazilian legislation, although fans from other nations also will be entitled to them. FIFA officials said it will be the “first time tickets for obese people are offered at a FIFA event.”

The World Cup Bill in Brazil requires at least 1 percent of seats in each stadium are made available for disabled people, a category that includes the obese, wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.

FIFA said to qualify for a ticket, people are required to submit a medical certificate that proves they have a body mass index of 30 or higher.

MLS venue to get new name

The home of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA teams in MLS is changing its name to StubHub Center in a new naming rights deal.

The 125-acre facility in Carson, Calif., known as Home Depot Center since it opened 10 years ago, will change its name June 1.

The price of the multiyear contract wasn’t disclosed. Home Depot paid $70 million for its 10-year naming deal and declined to renew.

Sled-dog racing

Gebhardt leads in Iditarod

Paul Gebhardt was the first musher to leave the Rohn, Alaska, checkpoint in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Gebhardt, the Iditarod runner-up in 2000 and 2007, had a four-minute lead over Aliy Zirkle 188 miles from the start of the 998-mile race. Zirkle finished second last year.

Jan Steves of Edmonds was in 59th place.


• The National Rifle Association, a touchstone for gun-rights advocates in a national debate about gun control after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut, is putting its name on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in April.

The NRA 500 will be the name of the race scheduled for April 13 at the 1.5-mile track, part of a one-year deal announced by speedway president Eddie Gossage. The spring Sprint Cup event had been sponsored by Samsung.

“The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., for many years in various aspects, and this race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship,” Gossage said in a news release.

Andy Gabel, 48, resigned as chairman of the short-track technical committee of the International Skating Union after being accused of a sexual relationship with an underage female speedskater in the 1990s.

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