Ser­ena Wil­liams with­draws from Mi­ami Open

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Fig­ure skat­ing

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.

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