Archive for Monday, September 7, 2009

Clijsters shocks Venus at U.S. Open

Belgian survives wild momentum swings, reaches tournament quarterfinals

September 7, 2009


New York — A half-hour after getting past Venus Williams in a three-set tussle at the U.S. Open, Kim Clijsters had her hands full again.

Juggling an energy drink, a bottle of water and a snack, Clijsters was trying to keep an eye on her 18-month-old daughter, Jada, as the tyke scurried around the players’ lounge.

Better keep the nanny on call: Mommy’s got more work to do at Flushing Meadows.

Playing by far her biggest match since coming back after 21⁄2 years away from tennis, Clijsters knocked off the No. 3-seeded Williams, 6-0, 0-6, 6-4, Sunday in a match of wild momentum swings to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

“It’s still kind of hard to believe. But then again, I’m not trying to get carried away with it all,” the 26-year-old Belgian said. “Just trying to focus on what I have to do, because the tournament’s still going.”

Against Williams, a seven-time major champion, Clijsters displayed the same sort of booming groundstrokes and all-over-the-place court coverage that helped her win the 2005 U.S. Open and briefly reach No. 1 in the rankings before leaving the tour.

Only two mothers have won a Grand Slam singles title; the last was Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980.


Merriman arrested

San Diego — San Diego Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, reality TV star Tila Tequila, as she tried to leave his suburban home.

Tequila, 27, signed a citizen’s arrest warrant, charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Steadman said.

Merriman, 25, was taken into custody and booked into the central jail at about 8:30 a.m. He was released shortly after 11 a.m. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jan Caldwell said she didn’t know if he posted bail or was released on his own recognizance.

Raiders acquire Seymour

Alameda, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders took a big step toward improving their struggling run defense by acquiring five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The move does not come without its risks as the Raiders gave up a first-round pick in 2011, which could be in the top 10 based on Oakland’s recent history, to acquire a lineman who turns 30 next month and is in the final year of a contract paying him $3.7 million this season.

Chiefs add tackle

Kansas City, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have been awarded tackle Ryan O’Callaghan off waivers from New England and waived tackle Barry Richardson.

Jets trade for QB

New York — The New York Jets acquired quarterback Kevin O’Connell from the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the Lions received for the former New England backup. O’Connell’s arrival gives the Jets four quarterbacks on the roster, with rookie starter Mark Sanchez, veteran Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge.

Seahawks sign S Milloy

Renton, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have signed safety Lawyer Milloy to a one-year contract, bringing the veteran back to the area where he grew up.

Robinson ends holdout

Houston — Dunta Robinson and the Houston Texans were moving ahead Sunday after the standout cornerback ended his holdout and signed the one-year deal the team had been offering all along.


Stricker shares lead

Norton, Mass. — Steve Stricker squeezed everything he could out of his final shot Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up an eagle that gave him a share of the lead in a tournament loaded with possibilities.

Stricker hit his hybrid to five feet on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65. He was among 12 players separated by three shots going into today’s finish at TPC Boston.

While the leaders were at 13-under 200, Tiger Woods struggled. He didn’t make a birdie until the 15th and shot 1-over 72, leaving him nine shots back in a tie for 30th.

Noren wins Euro Masters

Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland — Alexander Noren won the European Masters, pitching in for an eagle on the 15th hole to shoot 6-under 66 on Sunday.

Pettersen tops at Canadian

Priddis, Alberta — Suzann Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open.

Merritt claims win No. 1

Leon, Mexico — Former Boise State player Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory.

Sluman rallies for triumph

Pebble Beach, Calif. — Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to defend his Walmart First Tee Open title successfully, acing the fifth hole and finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.

Auto racing

Kahne bags Atlanta victory

Hampton, Ga. — Kasey Kahne gave himself a huge boost in the Chase for the Championship with a victory Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kahne jumped from 11th to sixth in the Sprint Cup standings with the victory, allowing him to breathe a little easier going into next weekend’s race at Richmond that will set the 12-driver field for the season-ending playoff.

Kahne pulled away to an easy 1.766-second win. Kevin Harvick held on for second, matching his best performance in a disappointing season.

College football

Oregon’s Blount apologizes

Portland, Ore. — Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount called Boise State defensive end Byron Hout and coach Chris Petersen to apologize for the punch he threw following Thursday’s game.

Blount and Ducks coach Chip Kelly made the conciliatory phone call on Saturday.


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