Fish pulls out of Davis Cup quarterfinal with fatigue
Hours after losing his most recent match, Mardy Fish woke up in the middle of the night feeling ill and immediately went to be checked by a doctor. He saw another doctor the next day, too, and the diagnosis was fatigue.
Told he needed to rest, and citing what the U.S. Tennis Association called a "minor health scare," the No. 9-ranked Fish pulled out of this week's Davis Cup quarterfinal between the United States and France in Monte Carlo.
"We don't want to get exactly into what the symptoms were. He didn't feel normal. He said, 'Hey, something's wrong here.' He was concerned about it," Fish's agent, John Tobias, said in a telephone interview Monday. "His body got out of whack, caused by a number of different variables ... (but) they ruled out any potential long-term issues."
Fish, the highest-ranked American, lost 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to Juan Monaco in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. The 30-year-old Fish appeared to be fine physically and said afterward he would have preferred more taxing conditions for the afternoon match.
The agent said Fish will consider making changes to his schedule now, but he could still play next week at Houston. And Fish intends to compete on the European clay-court circuit at Rome and Madrid before the next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, which begins May 27. Tobias said that "absolutely, 100 percent" Fish will play at Roland Garros.
"We're just going to scale him back a little bit and make sure that he arrives at a tournament well-rested and ready to compete," Tobias said.
Ryan Harrison replaced Fish on the U.S. roster against France, which will be missing 14th-ranked Gael Monfils because of an abdominal injury.
Venus Williams is looking forward to the London Olympics, and not just because she wants another gold medal.
Williams also collects Olympic pins, souvenirs from the each of the Summer Games going back to 2000.
But as the 2012 Games approach, Williams has work to do. She must improve her ranking to qualify, with the teams to be chosen in early June.
Williams' ranking fell to 134th because she has been idle for most of the past seven months after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain. She climbed to 87th by winning four matches at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne before a quarterfinal loss last week.
In the past, the cutoff for making the Olympics in singles has been about 68th.
Petrino 'stable' after motorcycle crash
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino veered off a two-lane highway and crashed his motorcycle over the weekend, sending him to a hospital and leaving him in what his family described only as "stable condition." He is expected to make a full recovery.
Petrino crashed Sunday night near a small town 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. State police spokesman Bill Sadler said the Razorbacks coach was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he declined to say which hospital or whether Petrino was still there Monday.
The university confirmed the crash and issued a statement from Petrino's family that disclosed no details about any potential injuries.
"Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals," the statement said. "He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time."
The crash occurred near the town of Crosses on Arkansas Highway 16, a winding road popular with motorcyclists in the rolling hills of Madison County. Sadler said Petrino's motorcycle left the highway and crashed.
Petrino led Arkansas to an 11-2 record last season and a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. He's 34-17 in four seasons at the school, 21-5 over the last two, and has built the Razorbacks into a Southeastern Conference power.
An avid motorcycle enthusiast, the 51-year-old Petrino has talked about owning a motorcycle and going for rides around northern Arkansas.
Sports in the courts
Former QB Leaf arrested again
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.
Leaf was first arrested on Friday after police found oxycodone pills in his golf bag that an acquaintance later said Leaf stole from his home. Then early Monday, three days after posting a $76,000 bond, he was arrested again on accusations that he broke into another home outside Great Falls, Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.
The owners walked into the home Sunday afternoon to find a "tall man with an athletic build" inside, Hickman said. The man told the owners he had the wrong address and left.
The owners later discovered three bottles of prescription medication missing and phoned police. After describing his truck, his clothes and his "shiny black loafers," they picked Leaf out of a photo lineup.
A search of Leaf's home turned up 89 hydrocodone pills loose in the pocket of a bathrobe, police said. Authorities do not believe those were the same pills that were taken from the burglarized home, Hickman said.
Leaf will remain in jail until Wednesday while his probation supervisors decide whether to release him again on bond or revoke the suspended sentence he was given in Texas in 2010, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
The last word
Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey has been part of some really good teams as a player and as a coach. Mulkey led Louisiana Tech to the 1982 championship game as the starting point guard. Now she has the Lady Bears one game away from becoming the first team to go 40-0. Said point guard Odyssey Sims of Mulkey:
"She tells me all the time she could beat me one-on-one and that she could take me to the hole ... We joke around about crazy stuff, but Coach is always going to talk noise. She always tells BG (Brittney Griner) she can take her to the hole, too."