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Sports Briefs: June 16

Serena Williams slipped during her second-round loss to top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Serena Williams slipped during her second-round loss to top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5. AP


Greenwell comes up bigin USA 16s' 114-32 romp

The USA Women's U16 National Team (3-0) led from start to finish in an impressive 114-32 win over Venezuela (1-2) in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mérida, Mexico. With the victory, the USA advances to the medal semifinals as Group B's No. 1 seed. Five players finished in double-digit scoring for the USA, including Owensboro Catholic's Rebecca Greenwell, who had 18 points, four rebounds and four steals.

■ A judge has granted former Connecticut forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel admission into the state's drug education program. The Rockville Superior Court order Wednesday requires Coombs-McDaniel to take 10 drug education classes and perform 75 hours of community service. The charges will be dismissed if he complies with the requirements.

■ Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson was charged with public intoxication in suburban Irving, Texas. Police said Stevenson was arrested Tuesday night after reports of an intoxicated person walking through the grounds of an apartment complex. Stevenson didn't know where he was, police said, and he was arrested after field sobriety tests. He was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting bail.


Serena stumbles in second round

Serena Williams' comeback tournament at Eastbourne ended in the second round Wednesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 loss to top-seeded Vera Zvonareva. Despite the loss, Williams is pleased with her preparations for the defense of her title — and even happier that the foot injury is no longer troubling her.

"I haven't played in almost a year, so I'm a little sore. But it's good that I'm sore now because hopefully next week I won't be as sore. (The foot) is holding up really well, and I'm just really excited about that."

Venus Williams is returning from a five-month layoff because of a hip injury, and she reached the quarterfinals with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over Ana Ivanovic.

■ Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from Wimbledon on Wednesday because of a foot injury, leaving the women's field more wide open. The Belgian, who was seeded No. 2 Wednesday, said she had to pull out of the grass-court Grand Slam after injuring her right foot at the Unicef Open in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

College Baseball

Tennessee hires new coach

Tennessee has hired Cal State Fullerton coach Dave Serrano as the Volunteers' new baseball head coach.

Joan Cronan, interim vice chancellor for athletics, announced the hiring Wednesday. Serrano will be introduced at a news conference Thursday. He led UC Irvine to the 2007 CWS in his third season, and he led Cal State Fullerton to Omaha in 2009.

College Football

Speeding ticket sparksNCAA investigation at Oregon

A speeding citation issued to Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has touched off an investigation by the school to determine whether NCAA rules were violated when a school employee allowed football players to use her rental car. Harris, 20, was cited early Sunday morning after police clocked him driving at 118 mph on a suspended license in the rental.

University spokesman Dave Williford confirmed that an employee, who does not work in the athletic department, rented the car for personal use. She told the newspaper that she was told that another player — not Harris — would be driving.

■ The Longhorn Network, ESPN's round-the-clock cable channel devoted to nothing but UT sports, will make its debut Friday, Aug. 26. The launch date, as well as the first slate of shows, were announced Wednesday at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association Cable Show in Chicago.


Benson joins Bengals' last practice

Running back Cedric Benson joined Bengals players for their final full-squad workout, a sign of how much he wants to stay in Cincinnati. Benson became a free agent after last season. During the NFL lockout, players can't sign contracts. That didn't stop him from coming to Cincinnati and working out with his former teammates on Wednesday at the University of Cincinnati.

■ Arizona Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt and the Houston Texans' Gary Kubiak will visit troops in the Persian Gulf this summer on an NFL USO tour. The father-and-son Jim Moras will also take part in the third annual coaches tour.


Maragh suspended for careless riding

Belmont Park's stewards handed down a seven-day suspension to Rajiv Maragh on Wednesday for careless riding in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

A head-on shot from early in the race shows Maragh's mount, Isn't He Perfect, veering left two or three paths after breaking from post 11. The colt bumped into Mucho Macho Man (post 10), forcing him into Animal Kingdom (post 9).

The collision's domino effect nearly knocked John Velazquez off Animal Kingdom after he clipped heels with Monzon. Velazquez was thrust forward and was lucky not to fall. His left foot came out of the stirrup and he didn't regain his balance for about a sixteenth of a mile.

■ The Dallas Stars have agreed to hire Glen Gulutzan as their next coach. A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the deal is pending contract details being worked out. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had not announced the hiring.

The last word

Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban spoke of the top 10 joys of winning the NBA Championship on The Late Show with David Letterman:

"If you thought I was cocky and obnoxious before — get ready."