Wawrinka won’t de­fend U.S. Open ti­tle

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

Stan Wawrinka chose long-term health over a U.S. Open ti­tle de­fense. The de­fend­ing cham­pion pulled out of the tour­na­ment Fri­day be­cause of an in­jured knee, say­ing he de­cided to un­dergo a “med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion” and sit out the rest of 2017. He did not pro­vide any specifics about the in­jury or treat­ment.

“This was the only so­lu­tion to make sure I will be able to com­pete at the top level for many more years,” Wawrinka said in a state­ment.

The sea­son’s fi­nal ma­jor be­gins Aug. 28. The fourth-ranked Wawrinka was elim­i­nated by Daniil Medvedev in the first round at Wim­ble­don last month. The 32-year-old Swiss was clearly both­ered by his left knee then.

Ryan Tan­nehill has again been de­moted to the role of spec­ta­tor, per­haps for the en­tire sea­son. Knee surgery is an op­tion for the Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back, although it’s hoped that can be avoided, coach Adam Gase said. Tan­nehill is ex­pected to be side­lined at least six weeks.

Manny Pac­quiao has ad­vised his pro­moter, Bob Arum, that he will par­tic­i­pate in a re­match later this year against Aus­tralia’s Jeff Horn.

Horn de­feated Pac­quiao by a con­tro­ver­sial unan­i­mous de­ci­sion July 1 in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, and the re­match is ex­pected to land in Aus­tralia too.

— Lance Pug­mire

The Lak­ers have signed guard Van­der Blue.

UCLA will play Notre Dame in a home-and-home men’s basketball se­ries start­ing in De­cem­ber 2018. The Bru­ins will host the Fight­ing Ir­ish on Dec. 8, 2018, in the schools’ first meet­ing since De­cem­ber 2009. They will travel to South Bend, Ind., in De­cem­ber 2019.

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