American Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round of the French Open for the first time since 2001.

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Venus Williams exits early

American Venus Williams lost her opening match at the French Open for the first time since 2001.

A former No. 1-ranked player who was seeded 30th this year in Paris, Williams lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 Sunday to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland. Radwanska, 22, has not been past the second round of a major tournament.

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Inflammation in her lower back limited Williams, 32, to two matches over the previous 1 ½ months, preparation she called, with a chuckle, “extremely unideal.”

In her opening match at the 2001 French Open, Williams lost in straight sets to Barbara Schett of Austria.


Nibali takes Giro d’Italia

Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team coasted to the Giro d’Italia title in the final stage of the three-week classic, while Mark Cavendish of the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team won the final leg for his fifth stage victory in this year’s race.

Nibali beat runner-up Rigoberto Uran, a Colombian with the Sky Procycling team, by 4 minutes, 43 seconds.


Red Bulls get a draw in MLS

Defender Jamison Olave scored in the opening minute of injury time and the New York Red Bulls tied the visiting Columbus Crew 2-2 in Major League Soccer to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches, the team’s longest in 10 years.

The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls are 5-0-2 in their best run since 2003.

In another MLS match, host Sporting Kansas City and Houston tied 1-1.

Lazio, Celtic win Cup finals

Senad Lulic scored in the 71st minute, giving Lazio a 1-0 victory over rival Roma in the Italian Cup final in Rome.

Glasgow Celtic beat Hibernian 3-0 in the Scottish Cup final in Glasgow.

College football

Golson admits poor choices

Quarterback Everett Golson is out for at least the fall semester at Notre Dame, saying he has been suspended by university officials for what he called poor academic judgment.

“I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community,” he wrote in a letter released Sunday by the university.

Golson, who helped the Fighting Irish go 12-0 in the regular season last year, wrote that he has an opportunity to regain his eligibility in January.

College lacrosse

North Carolina earns title

Freshman Sammy Jo Tracy scored 31 seconds into the third overtime to give North Carolina the NCAA women’s championship with a 13-12 victory over Maryland in Villanova, Pa.

The third-seeded Tar Heels (18-3) won their first national title and denied top-seeded Maryland (22-1) its 12th title.


• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report Julie Hermann — the athletic director hired to clean up the school’s scandal-scarred department — quit as Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach 16 years ago after players complained in a letter she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.

Hermann, 49, is scheduled to take over at Rutgers on June 17. She told The Star-Ledger of Newark she did not recall the Tennessee letter.

• Basketball guard Antonio Barton, who averaged 5.6 points last season, is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee.

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