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Sports in brief: Serena Williams to miss three tournaments after foot injury


Surgery to Sideline Serena for 3 events

Women's No. 1 Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant.

She was injured last week and will miss three tournaments leading to the U.S. Open, the WTA Tour announced Saturday.

Williams has withdrawn from events in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal. No details about how the injury occurred were disclosed.

On Monday, World TeamTennis said Williams would miss the entire season. Her Washington Kastles team said she cut the bottom of her foot and needed stitches.

On July 10, Williams attended the wedding of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in New York. In a photo, it appeared she had two bandages on the top of her right foot.

Williams won her fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th major title in July. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 30.

OTher tennis: Defending champion Robin Soderling beat David Ferrer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a Swedish Open final against Nicolas Almagro, who ousted Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-3. … Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta and Kaia Kanepi will play in today's Palermo final in Italy after straight-set wins. … Albert Montanes and Gael Monfils reached today's Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart, Germany.


Redemption for one, misery for Armstrong

Alexandre Vinokourov, who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France after testing positive for a banned blood transfusion, capped his return to cycling's main event by winning the 13th stage with a solo breakaway.

On Saturday, Vinokourov won the 121.8-mile stage from Rodez to Revel by 13 seconds. Andy Schleck is still the overall leader, finishing in the pack alongside Alberto Contador, who trails by 31 seconds. Meanwhile, seven-time winner Lance Armstrong, 38, finished 4:35 back in 100th place — the fourth straight day that he has lost time. He is 36th overall, 25:38 back.


Mayweather, Pacquiao deadline passes

An "exclusivity period" for Floyd Mayweather to sign to fight welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao passed at 3 a.m. Saturday without any word from the Mayweather camp.

Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao will target a Nov. 13 fight against either Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito. Arum said Mayweather still has about 10 days to make a deal.


NFL: Tight end Mark Chmura, whose career was tarnished by a sexual assault allegation for which he was acquitted in 2001, was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame along with tight end Marv Fleming and offensive tackle Greg Koch.

NHL: Center Brad Richardson, a restricted free agent, agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal to return to the Kings, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Soccer: Former Gator Abby Wambach scored two goals as the U.S. women's team beat Sweden 3-0 in East Hartford, Conn. Wambach has 109 goals for the national team, third all time behind Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (130).

Times wires

fast facts

Tour de France

Saturday: Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov won Stage 13 in 4:26:26. Luxembourg's Andy Schleck kept the leader's yellow jersey.

Today: Stage 14, 114.65 miles, Revel to Ax-3 Domaines, first of four stages in the Pyrenees.

TV: 7:30 a.m., Versus

Sports in brief: Serena Williams to miss three tournaments after foot injury 07/17/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 17, 2010 11:07pm]
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