Serena Williams withdraws from Miami Open
Serena Williams made another sudden tournament exit, this time blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury.
Williams withdrew Saturday from the Miami Open, an unexpected move because she showed no signs of injury while winning her opening match a day earlier against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
Williams, 37, has played only eight matches this year.
Top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in three sets in the third round of the Miami Open. Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman. It was the first time in 64 matches that Osaka lost after winning the first set.
Patriots owner apologizes: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apologizing after being charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation.
“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said in a statement Saturday. “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightful- ly hold me to a higher standard.”
Kraft said he has “extraordinary respect for women,” adding that his morals were shaped by his late wife.
Chen wins gold: Defending champion Nathan Chen produced a spectacular free skate to win the gold medal at the world championships in Saitama, Japan.
Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu also had a strong free skate with four quads but couldn’t erase a 12.53point deficit and finished second with 300.97. American Vincent Zhou was third with 281.16 points.
Earlier, defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the free dance to win gold in the ice dance.
NCAA to appeal ruling in antitrust case: The NCAA and major college conferences will appeal a judge’s ruling that the governing body violates antitrust laws by limiting education-related benefits to athletes. The NCAA said the district court in California “erred” by overstepping its authority.
Five Penn State wrestlers will compete for individual NCAA championships on Saturday night knowing they already are team champions. Again. The Nittany Lions clinched their fourth straight team championship and eighth in nine seasons earlier Saturday, midway through the consolation semifinals of the NCAA wrestling tournament in Pittsburgh.
Alaphilipe wins MilanSan Remo: French rider Julian Alaphilippe confirmed his status as the top cyclist so far this season by winning the MilanSan Remo classic. Alaphilippe, who rides for the Quick-Step team, edged Oliver Naesen of AG2R and Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky in a 10-man sprint at the end of the 181-mile route along the Italian Riviera. Three-time world champion Peter Sagan finished fourth.