Image The United States Open is changing its approach to seeding players coming back from pregnancy after tennis officials were criticized for their handling of Serena Williams upon her return to the French Open last month. But Adams said the U.S. Open would “revise the seedings if pregnancy is a factor in the current rankings of a player.” The decision could have a ripple effect on other tennis tournaments. The French Open did not grant Williams a seed, but Wimbledon, which begins on July 2, has traditionally been the only Grand Slam tournament to consider factors beyond a player’s ranking in its seeding process. She is currently ranked No. 183 in the world, but has won the Wimbledon singles title seven times. Under current Women’s Tennis Association rules, players who have lost ranking slots after missing time, because of injury, pregnancy or other reasons, do not get the benefit of a protected seeding at tour events, making it more difficult for them to negotiate their way through the draw. Seedings are intended to help the best players make it into the later rounds of a tournament by preventing them from facing one another in the first few rounds. “I’m a former player and I get it,” Adams said. But we’re a Grand Slam, and we have the right and the opportunity to seed the players according to what we feel is justified.” Image Adams said she believed that forcing a player to come back from pregnancy at a lower position than when she left would be like asking a top executive to return from pregnancy leave at an entry level position in her company. Williams, who has six U.S. Open titles, was ranked No.
"It's good to see that, especially for our bullpen. The guys have been working really hard to this point. "We've got some guys that throw strikes that made a commitment to attack the strike zone and utilizing the defense behind them," manager Jeff Banister said. Shin-Soo Choo has been the best hitter for the past month, and his two-run homer Friday in the fifth inning gave the Rangers and Minor a 4-0 lead. A walk by Ronald Guzman helped set up the inning, and extended the offense's AL lead in walks. I felt pretty good for the most part up until the sixth inning. I've been feeling good the last three starts. He has done that, seeing the sixth in four of his past five starts and failing to log more than five only twice in 14 starts. The Rangers have given him extra rest between the majority of his starts, which he says he doesn't need, and is finally pitching as well as he has all season. "He's been working really hard since spring training to this point to be able to go six or seven innings and feel good.
TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats took what appeared to be a secure lead into the ninth inning of Friday night’s game against defending league champions Sydney Sooners. It wasn’t. Until the ninth, the Bearcats were on their game. Adam MacAloney made a diving catch in left field for the third out in the fifth to snub a Sydney threat. Then in the sixth, with bases loaded, second baseman Matt Mingo knocked down a line shot and flipped the ball to shortstop Jeff Chisholm for the force to get out of a bind. The ninth was the Bearcats’ undoing, however, as some timely Sydney hits, coupled with some defensive miscues allowed the Sooners to push six runs across and take an 8-5 lead, which is how it ended. Sydney’s Sheldon MacDonald took the win on the mound, Bates was saddled with the loss. Chisholm led Truro at the plate with a pair of singles, a double and three runs batted in. After a win in Kentville Wednesday, their first of the season, the Bearcats go into today’s double-header with a record of 1-10.
The Boston Celtics had only one pick Thursday night in the 2018 NBA Draft. They made the most of it, according to the experts. The Celtics selected Texas A&M big man Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick, which some analysts considered a steal late in the first round. He’s a great athlete who can defend in a lot of styles. Sean Deveney, Sporting News: A The Celtics attempted to trade up into the top five in hopes of landing a young big man to develop, and instead, young developable big man Robert Williams fell to Boston at No. It’s the kind of lucky draft-day break the Celtics would get when Red Auerbach was running the team, which might explain why, when Danny Ainge emerged from the team’s war room, he was two inches shorter, lost three inches off his hairline and sounded like Peter Falk when he spoke. Michael Singer, USA TODAY: B Williams is a tantalizing prospect with his size and athleticism, but the reason he nearly fell out of the first round is because there are questions about his work ethic. Additionally, ESPN.com, while not providing a grade, listed the Celtics as one of the six teams/picks that stood out, with Mike Schmitz writing the following: Along with Walker, Williams has the potential to be the steal of the draft at No. While there are clear questions about Williams’ motor, the rangy big man is without a doubt a top-10 caliber talent when fully engaged. The Celtics also could really use a big in Williams’ mold, as he’ll be a tremendous lob threat for Kyrie Irving and the rest of Boston’s offensive weapons.
Are you (not the team, you guys) comfortable with Rod Smith as Zeke's back-up should Zeke miss extended time due to injury? *David: *I feel absolutely comfortable with it. Smith tallied 362 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns during Zeke’s suspension last year, and that was without ever getting more than 11 touches in a game. But I think Smith – and either Bo Scarbrough or Darius Jackson – could fill in. Rob: Yes. And Tavon Austin is the mismatch player the Cowboys hope can threaten defenses in different ways. We cannot keep everyone, and good players get cut every year because of numbers at a certain position, scheme or coaches' biases. *David: *Questions like this are what make me wonder about Rico Gathers. Clearly, from watching spring practices, he’s last on the depth chart. But it’s also pretty deep and talented, and there’s no way all of them can make the 53.
Bauchou was tabbed as a second-team pick, while Ventura and Eckroat achieved honorable mention status. OSU now has 181 All-Americans to its credit with 59 Cowboys earning first-team status, 36 making the second team, 34 being tabbed as third-team picks and 52 honorable mention honorees. He delivered a 4 & 3 victory in OSU's NCAA semifinal win over Auburn before posting a resounding 8 & 7 triumph against Alabama in the title match as well. Ventura capped his senior campaign with three top 10s, including a tie for medalist honors at the Big 12 Championship. The Rygge, Norway native finished his collegiate career with three wins and earned honorable mention status for the second year in a row after being named a third-team All-American as a sophomore. During his freshman campaign, Eckroat fired a closing 64 to tie for first place at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and also earned a top 10 at Arizona State's individual tournament, tying for fourth place. He provided the deciding point in OSU's NCAA quarterfinal win over Texas A&M and its semifinal victory against Auburn. The five players honored by the GCAA comprised the starting lineup that produced the program's 11th NCAA title last month at Karsten Creek. Additionally, this year marked the first time since 1995 that OSU produced five All-America selections. That season, current coach Alan Bratton and Chris Tidland were first-team picks, while Trip Kuehne was a third-team selection and Kris Cox and Leif Westerberg were honorable mention selections.
Then he pulled Allen in for a hug. “Adding a guy like [Allen], you know, he’s an elite scorer, great defender, plays unselfish — man, we got a good one in him.” The former ACC competitors are about to be teammates. And the Utah Jazz hope the 22-year-old guard can be a helpful addition to a team that is looking for its third straight playoff berth next season. Allen was the pick at No. 21, earning the nod from the Jazz after reportedly dominating a workout earlier this month with fellow prospects Aaron Holiday, Jalen Brunson and Khyri Thomas. “It’s a lot different watching a guy night in and night out than watching the same three clips for the last three years.” Allen is one of the most well-established (and oldest) players in the NBA draft, starting 97 games at Duke, where he played an instrumental role in winning the 2015 NCAA championship — beating Utah in the Sweet 16 along the way. Several times, Allen has been caught by cameras attempting to trip opponents, building a reputation as one of college basketball’s great heels. Some of his clips include spats with Mitchell, who played against Allen for two seasons when he was at Louisville. “He talked about what he had to sacrifice when he decided to stay,” Lindsey said. The fact that he had done that three out of four years at Duke, we were impressed with.” It’s Utah’s first pick from Duke since picking Rodney Hood in the 2014 NBA Draft, who was selected 23rd overall — also with a reputation as a great shooter.
Wednesday's news and notes from the Texas Rangers organization... -- LHP Martin Perez (elbow nerve inflammation) threw four innings of a simulated game on Wednesday and appears headed for his first rehab appearance Monday. Perez is not eligible to return from the 60-day DL until the end of this month. -- RHP Chris Martin (knee) also threw a live batting practice session Wednesday. Martin is eligible to return from the 10-day DL as early as Friday. Manager Jeff Banister indicated Martin is "close." -- Rangers first-round selection RHP Cole Winn was named the Baseball America High School Pitcher of the Year. -- The Rangers have begun their summer reading program with libraries in 25 different DFW municipalities. Broadcasters Eric Nadel, Emily Jones and pitcher Chris Martin are serving as honorary chairs and will make several appearances to read at local libraries. Summer Reading Club members are eligible for discounted tickets to the August 17 game against the Los Angeles Angels. More Rangers news With Shin-Soo Choo's value on the rise, there might be a suitable trade partner out there for the Rangers