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Venus pulls out of New Zealand tournament


Venus Williams at 2011 U.S. Open (photo by Edwin Martinez via wikipedia commons)

Venus Williams has pulled out of January’s ASB Classic in New Zealand. It would’ve been her first first attempt at competitive tennis since August.

The 31-year-old has played in several exhibition matches over the past few weeks, but she is not ready to return to competitive tennis just yet.

She is recovering from Sjogren’s syndrome which causes joint pain and fatigue.

Williams has an overall record of 585-143 for a winning percentage of 80 percent. She is ranked at #101 in the world.

As far as earnings go, she has won $27.7 million in prize money which ranks he second overall.


Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Fan-favorite Oughton retires, stays with Crew in front-office

Duncan Oughton (courtesy of MLS)

33-year-old Duncan Oughton decided to hang up his cleats and uniform and accept the Columbus Crew’s invitation to work in the front office.

Oughton spent 10 years with the Crew and was the player with the longest tenure on the team until his contract option was declined in November.

He will serve as an assistant to the technical director, a sort of jack-of-all-trades position that will include community, fan and alumni relations and player development.

A fan favorite since he came to Columbus, Oughton spent his entire pro career with the Crew and appeared in 136 Major League Soccer games. He made 22 appearances for the New Zealand national team.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Laura Davies secures 76th career win with Spanish Open title

English golf star Laura Davies won the Spanish Women’s Open on Sunday for her 76th worldwide win, closing the final round with an even-par 71. She won with a two-stroke victory over America Christina Kim, England’s Rebecca Hudson and Australia’s Frances Bondad.

The tournament took place in Benahavis, Spain.

Laura Davies (LPGA)

At 46 years, 11 months and 14 days old, Davies, a four-time major champion broke her own record as the oldest winner in the Ladies European Tour history. She has 43 Ladies European tour wins, 20 LPGA Tour titles and 13 other tour wins.

Davies has also won this year on the Ladies European Tour in Austria, Germany and New Zealand. She finished at 11-under-par after opening the tournament with rounds of 65 and 66 on the Flamingos golf course.

compiled from staff & Golf news reports

United States goes to 6-0 in world basketball championships

The U.S. basketball team wants to win the World Basketball Championships. And they want to show the world that they don’t need LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and Amare Stoudamire to do it.

They are starting to be taken seriously by the other teams in the tournament in Istanbul, Turkey, especially after Monday’s 121-66 win over Angola in the quarterfinals.

Chauncey Billups scored 16 of his 19 points and Kevin Durant all of his 17 points in the first half.

Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

(file photo)

The U.S. made sure this game was over rather quickly, as they raced out to a 10-0 spurt to go up 22-7 and 33-13 after one quarter of play.

The Americans forced turnovers that led to easy baskets on the fast break. When the Angolans forced them to play a half-court game, the NBA stars shot 18 of 38 from three-point range.

Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay also scored 17 points for the United States. Gordon shot 5 of 6 from 3-point land.

Joaquim Gomes, who played his college ball at Valparaiso University of the Horizon League, scored 21 points for Angola, which finished  fourth in Group A.

The Americans will play Russia on Thursday night. Russia defeated New Zealand, 78-56.

compiled from staff, U.S. Basketball & NBA news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Friday, September 3, the 246th day of 2010. There are 119 days left in the year.


Henry Hudson sailed up the river bearing his name on this date in 1609 (file photo)

* On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

* In 1609, English Explorer Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the Half Moon entered present-day New York Harbor and began sailing up the river that now bears his name.

* In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

* In 1970, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi died in Washington. He was 57.


87 Mort Walker, cartoonist of the character Beetle Bailey.

68 Al Jardine, rock guitarist of the group, The Beach Boys and Lima, Ohio native.

45 Charlie Sheen, actor of the TV show Two and a Half Men. Son of Martin Sheen and half-brother of Emilio Estevez.

24 Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding.