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Another tough loss for Venus...No. 1s move on at Wimbledon...Ferry has new job


By Associated Press

WIMBLEDON (AP) — Venus Williams' downward spiral continues. Just weeks after a second round loss at the French Open, the seven-time grand slam champion was ousted on opening day at Wimbledon by 79th-ranked Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) of Russia. Williams has fallen to 58th in the rankings since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease

WIMBLEDON (AP) — Top seeds Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) breezed into the second round with straight-sets victories on Day 1 of the fortnight at the All England Club. Six-time Wimbledon champion and 16-time grand slam winner Roger Federer also moved through without dropping a set.

ATLANTA (AP) — Danny Ferry is leaving after two years as vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs and taking over as president of basketball operations and general manager of the Atlanta Hawks. Ferry served as GM for the Cavaliers from 2005-2010, helping build the team that went to the 2007 NBA Finals.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tonight's 400-meter individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic trials is loaded with talent. Two-time defending Olympic champion Michael Phelps advanced from this morning's heats, as did defending world champion Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) and Tyler Clary, the silver medalist at last year's worlds. They'll be contending for two spots on the team heading to the London Games.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Saying they didn't want to rush a race onto the schedule, IndyCar announced today that it will not replace its canceled race in China that was slated for Aug. 19. That leaves them with six events still to be contested on what is now a 15-race schedule.

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