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Published Aug. 18, 2015



MASON, Ohio — Mardy Fish opened the next-to-last tournament of his career with a 6-2, 6-2 upset of 20th-ranked Viktor Troicki at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

"I was a little surprised at my level," Fish said. "I hadn't practiced a ton or particularly well for a little while. I was struggling with my serve. A friend of mine came in a couple days and helped, but it was still sort of a struggle even (Sunday) to sort of find my serve and stuff. I was obviously real happy with the level."

Venus Williams had to wait out a rain delay of more than two hours before beating Zarina Diyas 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.


Colleges: Former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was being recruited in 2012, the school said. Also, a search firm Minnesota had hired to investigate candidates for the AD job failed to find that former Virginia Commonwealth women's basketball coach Beth Cunningham had filed a complaint against Teague when he was the athletic director there, Minnesota said. VCU paid Cunningham $125,000 in July 2012 to settle the complaint. Teague resigned from Minnesota this month amid allegations of sexual harassment involving two university employees.

NBA: The Bulls hired Toni Kukoc, who helped them win three championships, as a special adviser to team president Michael Reinsdorf.

NHL: Danny Briere, 37, the undersized center who went on to become an All-Star and keyed the Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup final, retired after a 17-year career.

Soccer: Athletic Bilbao ended a 31-year trophy drought with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona, claiming the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 aggregate victory over the reigning European champions. … Christian Benteke scored his first English Premier League goal for host Liverpool to give his new team a 1-0 win over promoted Bournemouth.

TRACK: Turkish runner Asli Cakir Alptekin, 29, agreed to give up her 2012 1,500-meter Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping.

Times wires