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Sharapova hires Connors

Maria Sharapova tabbed eight-time major champion Jimmy Connors as her new coach, announcing the move Saturday on her website a day after parting with Thomas Hogstedt.

Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.

Hogstedt coached Sharapova for nearly three years, but he will not be able to travel in the near future so they agreed she needed a new coach.

"I am really excited about our new partnership," she wrote of Connors on the site .

Hall of Fame: Martina Hingis, 32, became the fourth youngest to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. "(My mom) started me when I was 2 years old," Hingis said of her influences. Only Tracy Austin (30), Bjorn Borg (31) and Hana Mandlikova (32) went in younger. "Thank you, tennis. … You chose to give me a place here for eternity."


Mavs snap up Ellis

The Mavericks made their biggest free agent play in a busy offseason, adding shooting guard Monta Ellis in a three-year deal reportedly worth between $25 million and $30 million.

Owner Mark Cuban confirmed that Ellis, 27, had agreed to a deal in their wake of first-round pick, PG Shane Larkin, breaking his right ankle in summer league practice Friday. Dallas reportedly is backing out of a three-year, $9 million deal with Devin Harris because of a toe injury. Ellis figures to start alongside PG Jose Calderon, another free agent who signed a four-year, $29 million deal.

More NBA: Dwight Howard said at his introductory news conference that he's looking forward to a "fresh start" with the Rockets. The former Magic and Lakers center, who got a four-year, $88 million deal, was greeted by a pair of former Rockets, Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming. … Spurs C Tiago Splitter re-signed, reportedly for $36 million over four years. … The Bucks signed G O.J. Mayo to a three-year, $24 million deal.

Et cetera

Colleges: Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson had previous incidents with Oxford, Miss., police over loud music in the weeks before he was stopped for speeding and found to be in possession of marijuana and what appeared to be cocaine, USA Today reported. An officer threatened to take Henderson to jail when he turned his music up again as he pulled away after receiving citations for loud music and not wearing a seat belt.

Cycling: Matteo Trentin won the 119-mile 14th stage of the Tour de France, and overall leader Chris Froome holds a 2-minute, 28-second edge on Bauke Mollema.

Sailing: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Italy's Luna Rossa by 5 minutes, 23 seconds in the first actual matchup of boats in the America's Cup challenger series on San Francisco Bay. The race was the opener of the second of five round-robins in the Louis Vuitton Cup. New Zealand leads the Italians 3-1.

Soccer: Chris Wondolowski scored twice to raise his total to five in two matches as the United States beat Cuba 4-1 in Sandy, Utah, to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. The Americans complete first-round play Tuesday against Costa Rica.

Softball: USF pitcher Sara Nevins gave up six hits and three runs over her four innings of relief as the U.S. women's team, coached by USF's Ken Eriksen, lost 7-4 to Japan in round-robin play at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.

Times wires

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