Serena Williams

Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open with achilles problem – The Guardian

Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdran from the upcoming Italian Open citing the achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semi-finals, organisers have announced.

Williams took a medical timeoutfor treatment on her achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, is due to begin Monday.

In the mens tournament, US Open finalists Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev withdrew, as did Daniil Medvedev, who lost to Thiem in the semi-finals in New York.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal headlines the field at the Foro Italico, marking his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff. The Spaniard has been practicing in Rome for several days. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the US Open, has also entered the clay-court tournament in Rome, for the warmup event to the French Open, which starts on 27 September.

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Clippers' Williams

Clippers’ Lou Williams put in 10-day NBA quarantine after strip club visit – New York Post

July 26, 2020 | 11:41am

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is set to miss the first two games of the NBA restart after being caught at a gentlemen’s club in Atlanta. The NBA is putting Williams in a 10-day quarantine, which began Saturday when he re-entered the NBA bubble in Orlando. The Clippers play the Lakers on Thursday, the first night of the restart.

Williams, 33, reportedly left the NBA bubble with an excused absence to attend a funeral, and made an additional stop at Magic City to pick up some dinner later in the evening. Rapper Jack Harlow captured Williams at the strip club on Thursday night with a drink in his hand while wearing the NBA mask given on the Orlando campus.

“That was an old pic of me and Lou,” Harlow tweeted after quickly deleting the Instagram story post. “I was just reminiscing cuz I miss him.”

Williams, according to reports, admitted to the NBA that he stopped into Magic City.

During the NBA’s quarantine period, players must undergo daily COVID-19 testing, but if a player who leaves for an excused absence continuously tests negative, he can return for a quarantine that’s as few as four days,, according to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Re-entry quarantine time could be extended up to 10 days if recommended by the league’s infectious disease specialists.

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson was placed under four-day quarantine after returning from an excused absence. If Williamson is cleared to play after his quarantine, he’ll be available to play on opening night of the bubble restart on Thursday against the Utah Jazz.

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While there are currently no rules about what players can do during their time off campus for an excused absence, ESPN insider Bobby Marks believes that the league should add more restrictions.

“The league should make an amendment to the exit/re-entry protocols to add,” Marks tweeted Saturday night. “A player that leaves campus for a valid reason must limit their interactions to people and places that directly relate to the stated emergency.”

Aug. 3 is set to be Williams’ final day of quarantine. After playing the Lakers, the Clippers face Williamson and the Pelicans on Aug. 1.

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Caleb Williams

Caleb Williams, No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in 2021, commits to Oklahoma Sooners – ESPN

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  • Tom VanHaarenESPN Staff Writer


    • ESPN staff writer
    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Graduated from Central Michigan

Oklahoma had a few extra fireworks Saturday when Caleb Williams, the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the ESPN 300, committed to the Sooners.

Williams is the No. 15 prospect overall and chose Oklahoma over LSU and Maryland. He’s a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect out of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and had nearly every major program after him throughout his recruitment.

Williams — who made the announcement in an interview with CBS Sports — was the highest-ranked uncommitted prospect at this point in the 2021 cycle. Overall, Williams is ranked only one spot behind the top pocket-passer QB, Sam Huard, who is committed to Washington.

Oklahoma and coach Lincoln Riley have made a name for themselves with transfer quarterbacks in the past with Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and, most recently, Jalen Hurts. Both Mayfield and Murray won the Heisman Trophy and were selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft.

That trend of transfer quarterbacks leading the offense will come to a halt this season, though. Tanner Mordecai has a shot at the starting job, but the staff signed Spencer Rattler in the 2019 class, and Rattler looks to be the favorite to win the starting spot.

Like Williams, Rattler was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in his class. The staff also signed ESPN 300 quarterback Chandler Morris, the seventh-ranked dual-threat quarterback in 2020, and is now set to add Williams to that list.

Riley has already proved he can mold quarterbacks, so bringing two top-ranked dual-threat quarterbacks aboard does not bode well for opposing defenses.

Prior to the commitment, the Sooners had the No. 24 class overall. With Williams on board, Oklahoma now has five ESPN 300 commitments and 10 commitments in total.

Oklahoma on Saturday also landed four-star cornerback Latrell McCutchin from Austin, Texas. McCutchin, the No. 16-ranked recruit at his position and 227th overall, verbally committed to the Sooners over offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas.

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Quinnen Williams

Quinnen Williams set for July 23 court date on gun charge – NBC Sports – NFL

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Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in early March when a gun was found in his carry-on luggage and his trip through the legal system has been delayed because of COVID-19.

Williams was set to go to court on March 25, but the closure of courts in Queens because of the pandemic meant that it was postponed indefinitely. New York City has progressed to the second phase of reopening and that progress has landed Williams’ case back on the docket.

Rich Cimini of reports that Williams is now set to appear on July 23. If there is any league discipline, it will likely be handed down once the case is resolved.

Williams was the Jets’ first-round pick in 2019. He had 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 13 appearances.

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