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Injured Serena asks out in Sweden

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams said a right elbow injury forced her to pull out of the Swedish Open yesterday. Williams said she felt pain in the elbow in the first game of her first-round match on Wednesday, four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon championship and fourth successive Grand Slam title, but she went on to beat Belgian qualifier Yasline Bonaventure, 6-2, 6-1. Williams told tournament organizers that the injury flared in practice. With an appearance on court, Williams told spectators she was sad that she had to withdraw.

Tomic arrested in Miami

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is facing resisting arrest charges after allegedly refusing to turn down loud music in his suite at a Miami Beach hotel. Miami Beach police say officers responded Wednesday to the W South Beach Hotel after Tomic would not comply with requests from hotel security to lower the volume. The security personnel and police officers then told the 22-year-old Tomic he was being evicted, but he refused to leave.


Froome still easily in front

Chris Froome came out of the toughest Pyrenees stage, the 12th, won by Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, with his Tour de France lead comfortably intact, leaving the Alps as the last major obstacle between the British rider and a second victory in Paris. But to get to the 2013 champion, Froome's rivals must first get past his teammates. And that is a problem. The big budget of his Sky team has bought the best help money can buy, riders so strong they could lead other teams if they weren't working for Froome.

GOLFArnie's grandson leads tour event

Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson, shot a 7-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour's inaugural Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Alabama. Saunders saved par with a 15-foot putt on the par-3 eighth hole and closed with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to cap his bogey-free round on Grand National's Lake Course. The 27-year-old former Clemson player is winless in 45 career starts on the PGA Tour, with a career-best tie for second this year in the Puerto Rico Open.


Lasix-free races at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park will offer four Lasix-free races this weekend. All will be over 41/2 furlongs and for 2-year-olds. Gulfstream has been working with Dr. Stephen Selway, who is involved in a study involving juveniles racing with and without Lasix. The anti-bleeding medication has long been a source of debate in American thoroughbred racing. It's legal at U.S. tracks to administer to horses on a race day, though that's not permitted at most international tracks. Virtually every race in the U.S. includes horses on Lasix. Selway's study has been backed by Zayat Stables, the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. -- AP

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