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By Associated Press


Venus moving in wrong direction

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Thirty women advanced to the second round at Wimbledon today. Venus Williams was among the 30 who lost..

The unseeded but five-time champion was quickly dispatched by Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) 6-1, 6-3, marking the first time Williams lost in the opening round at Wimbledon since her debut at the All England Club in 1997. It's also the first time in 6 ½ years that Williams has lost a first-round match in a Grand Slam event.

Williams has fallen to 58th in the world rankings since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

Top-seeds Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) advanced without dropping a set, as did No. 3 seeds Roger Federer and Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh).

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and No. 11 John Isner (IHZ'-nur) of the U.S. were upset victims on opening day, as was Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch). The No. 8 seed in the women's draw lost 6-2, 6-4 to Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturz), who is playing Wimbledon for the last time.


Indians demote Gomez

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have demoted Jeanmar (ZHAHN'-mahr) Gomez to Triple-A Columbus and will replace him in the rotation with minor leaguer Zach McAllister. Gomez is 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 14 games, including 13 starts. The Indians also recalled lefty Scott Barnes from Columbus and say McAllister will be recalled in time to start Thursday night's game against Baltimore.

Also in the majors, Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland is going to Triple-A Round Rock for two rehabilitation starts. Holland has been out since June 6 because of shoulder fatigue after losing about 15 pounds over a two-week period because of stomach virus.

Outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Byrd started the season with the Cubs and was dealt to the Red Sox on April 21. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 9 and released four days later.

The Reds have activated center fielder Drew Stubbs from the disabled list before tonight's opening game of a series against Milwaukee. Stubbs went on the DL June 15 after pulling muscles in his left side during a swing.

The Baltimore Orioles have released infielder Miguel Tejada (reh-HAH'-dah) from his minor league contract at his request. Tejada signed with the Orioles last month and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .259 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins says right-hander Bobby Parnell will serve as the team's closer while Frank Francisco is on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

The Washington Nationals have placed outfielder Xavier Nady on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist.


Sandusky in defiant mood according to representative

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says the retired Penn State assistant football coach wants "people to know that he's not guilty."

The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach has been in jail since Friday, following his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Karl Rominger says Sandusky is being kept away from other inmates and has not been able to see his family pending a psychological evaluation.

Rominger says his client is under observation but is not suicidal.


Ferry moving from San Antonio to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have hired Danny Ferry as president of basketball operations and general manager.

He replaces Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of this month.

Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson says Ferry has the right character and experience the team needs to create "enduring and successful organizations."

Ferry comes to the Hawks after two years as vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs.


Taking it to the streets

MIAMI (AP) — Tens of thousands of fans lined the roadways in downtown Miami to celebrate the Heat's NBA championship.

Players, coaches and team officials rode with family and friends on flatbed trucks and double-decker buses during the parade. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade cradled the Larry O'Brien championship trophy in his arms for much of the ride.

Miami won the title by defeating Oklahoma City in five games.


Parker injury more severe than thought

PARIS (AP) — Tony Parker may not be able to play for France in the London Olympics. The San Antonio Spurs star says he almost lost an eye in a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage.

Parker's says his cornea was scratched and he had to have an operation to remove a shard that had "penetrated 99 percent" of his left eye.

He will see a specialist in New York when he is cleared to take long-haul flights after July 5.


Gamecocks can't afford another loss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The two-time defending champions have their backs to the wall at the College World Series entering tonight's second game in the best-of-three final round.

South Carolina dropped a 5-1 decision to Arizona in last night's opener.

The Gamecocks are trying to become the first school since Southern California in the 1970s to capture three straight national championships. They'll need a win each of the next two nights to accomplish that.


Union: Talks to begin soon

CHICAGO (AP) — The new head of the NHL players' union says negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement could begin as early as this week.

Donald Fehr (FEER) said negotiations will begin after Wednesday's meeting of the NHLPA's executive board. He also didn't rule out talks stretching into the regular season.

The NHL canceled the 2004-05 season before a labor deal was reached that included a salary cap for the first time. That agreement expires on Sept. 15. Fehr shrugged off concerns about having a deal in place by the time the season begins.


Pavelec gets new deal

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (AWN'-dray PAH'-vah-lehk) and the Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a $19.5 million, five-year deal.

The 24-year-old Czech had been headed to restricted free agency this summer. He made $1.3 million last season.

Pavalec appeared in 68 games last season, compiling a 29-28-9 record, 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.


Blank spot on IndyCar schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar says it will not replace its canceled China race. That leaves the open-wheel circuit's schedule at 15 events.

IndyCar had been exploring a replacement since announcing earlier this month that event organizers had canceled the Aug. 19 race in China.

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