Charles leads Liberty

Tina Charles with 18 points led a balanced Liberty offense last night to a 73-45 victory over the host San Antonio Stars. Epiphanny Prince and Brittany Boyd each scored 10 points. The Liberty, 17-7, are the Eastern Conference leaders.

NBASixers lose Embiid again

Joel Embiid will have to wait one more season to start his NBA career. Embiid, the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers center, is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. His recovery should take five to eight months, the same time frame the center was given following the first surgery last year. Embiid had two screws replaced and a bone graft was done using bone from his hip. The 7-footer from Kansas was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He missed his entire rookie season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.

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COURTSPistorius release blocked

South Africa's justice minister has blocked the early release of athlete Oscar Pistorius from prison tomorrow. He said the decision by the parole board to free the athlete after serving 10 months of his 5-year sentence was premature and without legal basis. It could now take months for the board to review its decision, legal sources told the BBC. Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter last year after shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.


Serena starts strong

Serena Williams defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-3, a solid start at defending her Cincinnati title. In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic won his rain-delayed opening match, beating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2. Stan Wawrinka rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Borna Coric. -- AP