Amer­i­can Mattek-Sands in­jures knee at Wim­ble­don

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Wil­bert, in­ducted into the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, trained many a cham­pion and qual­ity ath­lete at the na­tional, univer­sity and in­ter­na­tional level be­fore his death in Oc­to­ber of last year.

Robin En­man from Len­nox Is­land and Chris Townsend from Sum­mer­side coached Perry while he was at na­tion­als in Cal­gary so Perry’s had top­shelf sup­port for which he said he’s thank­ful for all the coaches who’ve helped.

Perry is a ma­ture tween, lis­tens with both ears, runs drills like he’s com­pet­ing and saves the smiles for after the fact.

He’s a good ex­am­ple of in­stinct and thought linked to­gether.

It’s not un­no­ticed by Hardy, who’s worked with Perry for two years.

“He’s re­served and fo­cused, (when he fights) he’s got a plan in his head and he’s very aware of his body,” said Hardy. “That’s his big plus.”

It’s ob­vi­ously worked as Perry is set for a week-long stint next

A few days and a few re­play re­views have given Chase El­liott a new per­spec­tive on last week­end’s crash at Day­tona.

Now he be­lieves there’s only one driver to fault.

“I’ll take the blame,” El­liott said Thurs­day at In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way. “I don’t have an is­sue with it.”

That’s a stark con­trast to El­liott’s pro­fan­ity-laced tirade on the ra­dio Satur­day night. Back then, El­liott let his Hen­dricks Mo­tor­sports team know ex­actly who he thought was re­spon­si­ble for the con­tact — Michael Mc­Dow­ell.

Mc­Dow­ell fired back Wed­nes­day on Twit­ter.

i* XPOEFS JG !rDIBTFFMMJPUU watches the re­plays and re­al­izes he wrecks him­self,” Mc­Dow­ell wrote. “That is Twice now.”

On Thurs­day, dur­ing a trip to the 2.5-mile Brick­yard, El­liott Mikey Perry is all smiles after win­ning the na­tional un­der-16 judo gold at the na­tion­als in April in Cal­gary, Alta.

month at the na­tional train­ing cen­tre in Mon­treal. It means In this Satur­day, July 1 photo, Chase El­liott slides through the grass off the back­stretch after he was in­volved in a crash dur­ing the NAS­CAR Cup Se­ries auto race at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in Day­tona Beach, Fla.

ac­knowl­edged what was said Satur­day night came in the heat of the race and time had helped him reach a dif­fer­ent opin­ion one that may help him pro­duce a bet­ter re­sult at Ken­tucky this week­end.

It wasn’t the first time El­liott and Mc­Dow­ell have tan­gled this sea­son. They also were in­volved

he’s on the Team Canada radar. Which is per­fect for Perry’s

in a pit crash at Kansas in May. And, like many driv­ers, El­liott doesn’t have a prob­lem with a lit­tle con­tro­versy.

“My as­sess­ment in re­gards to Day­tona is that you’ve got to keep on mov­ing down the road but I do ap­pre­ci­ate all the spon­sor plugs it’s got­ten us,” he said.

An­other up-and-comer, Kyle

ul­ti­mate goal.

“I want to get to the Olympics.”

Perry plans to at­tend the same tour­na­ments next sea­son plus the Nova Sco­tia provin­cials and the On­tario Open, both missed be­cause of in­jury. Larson, re­mains the points leader, but many be­lieve the 21-year-old El­liott could be NAS­CAR’s next big thing.

Two years ago, he started five times for Rick Hen­dricks, prep work for re­plac­ing Jeff Gor­don in the No. 24.

The plan worked per­fectly. El­liott won two poles, fin­ished 10th in points and was named NAS­CAR’s rookie of the year in 2016. This year, while El­liott has en­dured some ob­sta­cles, like Satur­day’s mis­take, he’s No. 6 in points.

El­liott was visit­ing Indy to visit with driv­ers dur­ing the Bat­tle of the Brick­yard, a quar­ter-midgets race on part of the track’s road course. It’s sanc­tioned by the U.S. Auto Club.

Though he never com­peted in quar­ter-midgets grow­ing up, the son of for­mer Cup cham­pion Bill El­liott did get to drive go-karts at the track that will host the Brick­yard 400 on July 23. The screams were star­tling. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a 32-year-old Amer­i­can who came to Wim­ble­don eye­ing a fourth con­sec­u­tive Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tle, fell to the grass when her right knee buck­led as she moved to­ward the net in a se­cond-round sin­gles match Thurs­day.

She im­me­di­ately clutched her knee and, down on the turf, wailed loudly, im­plor­ing for some­one to “Help me! Help me!”

Her op­po­nent, So­rana Cirstea, im­me­di­ately climbed over the net to check on Mat­tekSands, who after about 20 min­utes was re­moved from Court 17 on a stretcher and taken to a hos­pi­tal.

“Her knee was in a very weird po­si­tion. I’ve never seen any­thing like this, prob­a­bly, ex­cept in the movies. And, yeah, I pan­icked a lit­tle bit, as well,” Cirstea said. “Then I called for help, but no one was com­ing. Then tried to com­fort her as much as I could. But, I mean, you could feel the pain.”

The ex­tent of Mattek-Sands’ in­jury, which came in the third set’s open­ing game, was not im­me­di­ately known. But word quickly spread around the grounds, gen­er­at­ing con­cern among play­ers.

She’s pop­u­lar on tour, known for her gre­gar­i­ous per­son­al­ity, loud laugh and orig­i­nal fash­ion choices.

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