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kerr takes leave after two surgeries

OAKLAND, Calif. — Warriors coach Steve Kerr is taking a leave of absence as he focuses on rehabilitation after two offseason back surgeries, and according to the team, the length of his time away is unknown.

Two days into training camp Kerr, 50, consulted with general manager Bob Myers and stepped side temporarily. It's not clear if Kerr will be back for the Oct. 27 opener.

Lead assistant coach Luke Walton will serve as the interim head coach.

Kerr tweaked his back during Golden State's NBA Finals victory. He had surgery in July to repair a ruptured disc and had a follow-up procedure last month.

MORE NBA: Knicks first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis sat out part of practice due to a sore left knee. … Former Heat forward Michael Beasley agreed to a deal with the Shandong High Speed Golden Stars of the China Basketball Association. … Former Bucks cheerleader Lauren Herington sued the team, saying a flat-rate pay system leaves them earning far less than minimum wage.


Serena shuts it down to heal injuries

Serena Williams withdrew from her final two scheduled tournaments of the year, saying she needs time to heal from a series of injuries and the heartbreak of coming up short in a bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam. The No. 1-ranked player hasn't played since losing in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. "It's no secret I've played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee, or, in the final moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart," Williams said in a statement. Williams pulled out of next week's China Open in Beijing and the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore from Oct. 25-Nov. 1.

MORE TENNIS: Venus Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open, beating Johanna Konta 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in China. Williams next faces Roberta Vinci, who beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.


autos: Josef Newgarden will return to CFH Racing next season after winning two IndyCar races this year. Newgarden has raced for Sarah Fisher since 2012, and the team last year merged with Ed Carpenter Racing. … Jenson Button, 35, decided against retirement and will remain with McLaren for the 2016 Formula One season. Also, former Formula One driver Jaime Alguersuari, 25, said he is retiring from auto racing. He didn't elaborate on his plans.

horses: A historic month for Keeneland that includes its first Breeders' Cup begins today with the opening of its 17-day fall meet in Lexington, Ky. Sixteen stakes races worth more than $5 million in purse money highlight the meet that precedes the Breeders' Cup championships Oct. 30-31. Nine graded races worth $3.7 million will be run during the first three cards, with Saturday's $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile leading seven events guaranteeing entry into Breeders' Cup weekend. The season concludes with the $26 million Breeders' Cup being run in central Kentucky for the first time.

cfl: The Canadian Football League will play the 2016 Grey Cup at Toronto's BMO Field. the home of Toronto's Major League Soccer team will become the Toronto Argonauts' field next season when they move out of Rogers Centre. The 104th edition of the Grey Cup is Nov. 27, 2016.

WNBA: Anne Donovan stepped down as coach of the Connecticut Sun after three losing seasons. Donovan, who took over in 2013 for the fired Mike Thibault, was a combined 38-64 and never made the playoffs.

soccer: Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall was released from a hospital a day after suffering a neck sprain in practice. On Wednesday, Marshall collided with a teammate and hit his head on the ground during a drill. There is no timeline for his return.

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Sports in brief 10/01/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2015 9:02pm]
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