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Olympic gold medalists Serena Williams and Venus Williams headline the U.S. tennis team made official Friday for next month's Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The sisters are going to their fourth and fifth Olympics, respectively. They have combined to win two singles titles and three doubles.

The other members of the women's team: Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens in singles, and CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in doubles.

On the men's side, singles players Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla and Brian Baker had their appeals approved by the International Tennis Federation's Olympic Committee to compete. They join Jack Sock on the team. The top American man, No. 16 John Isner, chose to skip the Games, as did No. 29 Sam Querrey, who is coming off a Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance and an upset of Novak Djokovic. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan and will look to repeat as doubles gold medalists.

More tennis: Rafael Nadal, the 2008 gold medalist, is on the final entry list for Spain. He hasn't played since pulling out of the French Open because of an injured left wrist. … Two top-10 players said they won't go to the Games, citing concerns about the Zika virus: men's No. 7 Milos Raonic of Canada, this year's Wimbledon runnerup, and women's No. 5 Simona Halep of Romania.

Gymnastics: American John Orozco tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for a second time during training Friday and will miss the Games. He will be replaced on the five-man team by 2012 all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva of Miami.

ET CETERA

MMA: Brock Lesnar was flagged for a potential doping violation, the UFC said. The UFC said it was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection June 28. The substance involved wasn't announced. Lesnar, 39, returned from 41/2-year UFC layoff and beat Mark Hunt in UFC 200 last Saturday.

NBA: The Pistons finalized their five-year, $130 million deal with NBA rebounding leader Andre Drummond. … Okaro White, who played at Clearwater High and Florida State, signed with the Heat. Terms weren't available.

TENNIS: Jack Sock beat Marin Cilic 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Croatia in a best-of-five Davis Cup quarterfinal at Portland, Ore. In the late second singles match, American John Isner faced Borna Coric. … No. 6 Victoria Azarenka said she is pregnant and will miss the rest of the season.

Tour de France: Amid reinforced security a day after an attack in Nice that killed and injured hundreds, defending champion Chris Froome extended his overall lead. Froome was second to Tom Dumoulin in the 13th stage, a 23-mile time trial route to La Caverne du Pont-D'Arc. He led Bauke Mollema by 1:47 overall.

Times wires

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