Wild first week sets stage for more surprises at Wimbledon
As Week 2 begins at Wimbledon, it has a tough act to follow.
The first week of the world's oldest tennis tournament included the biggest upset in years, courtesy of Lukas Rosol against second-ranked Rafael Nadal, and the first perfect set documented at a women's professional tournament, courtesy of Yaroslava Shvedova.
Wimbledon's wild week ended with a strange race against the clock under the roof on Saturday night as Andy Murray tried to beat not only Marcos Baghdatis in the third round but also the 11 p.m. curfew.
Murray missed it by two minutes.
All 32 remaining men's and women's singles players are scheduled to be on the court Monday. Nashville's Brian Baker, ranked 126th in the world, is trying to become the third American qualifier to reach the men's quarterfinals at Wimbledon, joining John McEnroe (1977) and Roger Federer's coach, Paul Annacone (1984). Baker will face 27th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Track and field
Blake makes it 2-for-2 against Bolt
No posing, no salutes, no fist pumping. First, Yohan Blake fell to both knees and rested his head on the track. A bit later, he simply paced in front of the jam-packed grandstand at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, and stared into the crowd, letting all those fans soak in a nice, long look. Blake — not Usain Bolt — is the man to beat at the London Olympics.
In a result that no longer feels like a surprise, Blake beat Bolt in the 200 meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials Sunday, finishing in 19.80 seconds to edge the world-record holder by 0.03.
When it was over, Bolt was the first one to approach his training partner and buddy and give him a big bear hug.
"Usain always gives me a lot of encouragement and tells me to keep coming to this race," Blake said about the 200.
The win came two days after Blake, the reigning world champion at 100 meters, beat Bolt in the 100 by running a personal-best 9.75.
"I can never be discouraged," Bolt said. "I'm never worried until my coach gets worried, and my coach isn't worried, so I'm OK."
Horton makes second Olympics team
Jonathan Horton is heading back to the Olympics with a bunch of rookies in tow. The two-time Beijing medalist was picked for the U.S. men's gymnastics team for the London Games on Sunday, joined by Jake Dalton and Sam Mikulak. Danell Leyva and reigning national champion John Orozco automatically qualified for the five-man squad after the conclusion of Olympic trials Saturday night.
Horton gives a veteran presence to the deepest U.S. Olympic team in recent memory. The 26-year-old helped the U.S. win a team bronze in Beijing four years ago, then added a silver medal on high bar. None of the other four members are over 20.
■ Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas upset world champion Jordyn Wieber for the first time Sunday night in San Jose, Calif., winning the Olympic trials and the lone guaranteed spot for the London Games. Douglas beat Wieber by a mere 0.1 points after finishing a close second at last month's U.S. championship.
Sams, women's pro baseball star, dies
Doris Sams, who pitched a perfect game and set a single-season home run record in the women's professional baseball world of the 1940s and 50s that inspired the movie A League of Their Own, died Thursday in Knoxville. She was 85. The cause was complications of Alzheimer's disease, said her cousin Gordon Sams.
Ms. Sams was one of the leading players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, founded in 1943 by Phil Wrigley, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, to provide evening entertainment in Midwestern towns and keep interest in baseball alive when the majors were losing most of their players to military service in World War II.
The women's league, which survived into 1954, was largely forgotten until the 1992 Hollywood comedy with Madonna and Geena Davis on the field and Tom Hanks as the manager.
Britain without Gordon for Olympics
Britain lost a second NBA player for the men's basketball tournament at the Olympic Games after Ben Gordon failed to link up with the squad at its training camp in the United States.
Britain Coach Chris Spice said the guard couldn't commit to playing for the host nation after he was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.
With Bobcats center Byron Mullens out because of injury, it leaves Britain with only one NBA player — Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng.
Tour de France
Sagan wins stage; Cancellara still leads
Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the overall lead. Title contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain and defending champion Cadel Evans trailed close behind in the pack after the 123-mile loop from Liege to suburban Seraing, Belgium, featuring five low-grade climbs.
U.S. advances to World Cup finals
After the United States completed a perfect run through round-robin play at the World Cup of Softball, Coach Ken Eriksen came up to rookie Amanda Chidester bearing gifts: a lineup card and the ball from her first international hit. And what a hit it was. Chidester belted a grand slam, Chelsea Thomas allowed two hits in a five-inning shutout and the U.S. beat Brazil 9-0 in Oklahoma City.
It was the second straight run-rule victory for the Americans (5-0), who will play in the championship game Monday night against Australia (4-1) — a 4-0 winner over the Netherlands on Sunday.
Former University of Kentucky star Molly Johnson had an RBI single in the first inning.
Fox hires Andrews for college football
Erin Andrews will host Fox's new college football pre-game show.
Two days after ESPN said the broadcaster was leaving after eight years, Fox announced her hiring Sunday. Andrews also will contribute to the network's NFL and Major League Baseball coverage among other sports.
The main Fox network debuts its first regular-season college football package this fall. The 30-minute pre-game show will premiere Sept. 1.
The last word
Tiger Woods won the AT&T National on Sunday in Bethesda, Md., for his 74th career title. Woods, who has won three times in his past seven starts, only trails Sam Snead for the record of 82 PGA Tour wins. He acknowledged that he heard the whispers last year and earlier this year that his career was in jeopardy and his days of dominance were in the past:
"I think that, for me, I just go out there and I give it everything I have each and every day I play. Some days it's better than others. We are all human. I try hard. I try everything I possibly can and sometimes I don't quite hit the ball well or hit the ball well and not putt well and do everything right and not chip well. Welcome to golf."