Tampa's ISNER withdraws from Aussie
SYDNEY — Tampa resident John Isner lost 6-4, 6-4 to fellow American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday, then later withdrew from the Australian Open because of a knee injury.
He hurt his right knee at the Hopman Cup last week; Australian Open organizers called it bone bruising.
"Doctors have told me that continuing to play on the knee could result in a more serious injury," said Isner, who finished last year ranked No. 14. His exit leaves No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked American man at the Grand Slam that starts Monday.
Armstrong sought some recourse
Lance Armstrong met with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to explore a "pathway to redemption," according to a report on 60 Minutes Sports dealing with the investigation that cost the cyclist his Tour de France titles. USADA CEO Travis Tygart didn't discuss the meeting on camera and gave no details. The New York Times reported that Armstrong and Tygart had met about a possible confession. Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied meetings took place.
Vonn back on hill after long layoff
American Lindsey Vonn is set to make her return at World Cup downhill training today in St. Anton, Austria, after an absence of more than three weeks because of an illness. She is likely to ski the downhill race Saturday and a super-G on Sunday. Vonn trails Cup leader Tina Maze by 725 points with 19 races left. Vonn is aiming to be back in form by the Feb. 4 start of the world championships.
Italy addresses racism walkoff
Italy's watchdog body for sports events said only a special public order officer will have the power to suspend matches in cases of racism, intolerance or anti-Semitism. The announcement comes after racist chants prompted AC Milan players to walk off during an exhibition against Pro Patria. The watchdog body is presided over by Italy's police chief and Italy's soccer federation. Referees will contact the public order officer, who then decides whether to suspend the match temporarily and warn fans or suspend it definitively.
More Soccer: The Hungarian Football Federation said it will appeal a FIFA ruling forcing it to play its next World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium after fans shouted anti-Semitic slogans at Israel during a friendly.
baseBALL: The Pirates acquired RHP Jeanmar Gomez, 24, from the Indians in exchange for minor-league OF Quincy Latimore, 23. Gomez will compete to be the fifth starter. Latimore hit .252 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs in 126 games at Double-A Altoona last year.