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Brooklyn Nets Coach Kidd pleads guilty to DWI
HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. – Brooklyn Nets Coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.
A judge placed Kidd on interim probation following the plea yesterday. The coach also must speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.
Kidd was arrested on July 15, 2012. Southampton Town police say he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole in the hamlet of Water Mill. Police say he smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets. He took the team to two NBA Finals as a player when the franchise played in New Jersey.
Serena Williams advances
to second round in Bastad
BASTAD, Sweden – Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open by beating Sesil Karatancheva of Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday.
Williams broke the 131st-ranked Karatancheva’s serve five times to advance at the clay-court tournament on Sweden’s west coast.
She will next face 104th-ranked Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, who beat 16-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, sixth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, Mathilda Johansson of France, Teliana Pereira of Brazil and Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands also advanced.
Beck beats Peer to reach Gastein Ladies second round
BAD GASTEIN, Austria – Second-seeded Annika Beck of Germany overcame 12 double-faults to beat Shahar Peer, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of the Gastein Ladies yesterday.
Beck, who earned a top-50 ranking for the first time this week after her fourth quarterfinal of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, was broken four times but saved eight other break points.
Beck next plays Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, who defeated Dia Evtimova of Bulgaria, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Petra Martic of Croatia rallied to beat former champion Andrea Petkovic, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Martic will face Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the second round. The Austrian defeated Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia, 6-4, 6-3.
Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland held serve throughout to defeat No. 5 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-2, and set up a second-round match against Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, who beat Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 6-3, 6-1.
In her first career WTA match, Austrian wild card Lisa-Marie Moser defeated Romania’s Elena Bogdan, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4, and will next play top-seeded Mona Barthel.
No. 6 Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa beat Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, 6-1, 6-4; Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain defeated Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-3; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat Michaela Honcova of Slovakia, 6-2, 6-2; and Alexandra Cadantu beat Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal, 6-2, 6-4.
Almagro beats Kamke to reach Hamburg third round
HAMBURG, Germany – Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced to the third round of the German Championships by defeating Tobias Kamke of Germany, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday.
Two other seeded players lost. Florian Mayer of Germany defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4, and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia upset Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Ninth-seeded Benoit Paire of France also advanced to the third round by beating Albert Montanes of Spain, 6-1, 6-4.
Gael Monfils beat 2010 Hamburg champion Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-3, to make the second round of the clay-court tournament. Golubev had to qualify for this year’s event.
Among other first-round winners were Federico Delbonis of Argentina, Robin Haase of the Netherlands, Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia, Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany and three Spaniards – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Albert Ramos and Marcel Granollers.
MLB on track for more
instant replay in 2014
NEW YORK – Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires’ calls next year.
MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre said, “We’re pretty confident we’ll have it in place for 2014.”
Video review has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.
An agreement would be needed with the unions and players and umpires.
2-year deal with Spurs
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs agreed to a two-year contract with forward Jeff Pendergraph.
Pendergraph made the announcement yesterday before a workout at Arizona State, his alma mater.
The 6-foot-9 Pendergraph spent the past two seasons at Indiana, mostly in a reserve role. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season with the Pacers, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
Pendergraph was drafted out of Arizona State by Portland in 2009 and played one season for the Trail Blazers before missing the 2010-11 season with a torn right ACL.
He should add frontcourt depth to the Spurs, who lost to Miami in the NBA Finals this past season.
Heat designate Miller
as amnesty player
MIAMI – The Miami Heat designated Mike Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years.
Miller spent three seasons in Miami, helping the Heat win two titles and playing big roles in each playoff run. He started the last four games of this year’s NBA Finals and made seven 3-pointers in Miami’s title-clinching Game 5 win over Oklahoma City in 2012.
Miller was due $12.8 million over the next two seasons, which he still gets. But his salary will not count against Miami’s cap, nor factor into a luxury-tax hit that would have exceeded $30 million in 2014.
Bengals give DE Dunlap
5-year contract extension
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a five-year contract extension worth $40 million.
Dunlap’s contract would have expired after this season, but it now runs through 2018. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Dunlap gets $20 million over the first two years in a deal with incentives.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Dunlap is a fourth-year pro from Florida. He had 55 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season.
Tour director: Nothing
to say to female riders
VAISON-LA-ROMAINE, France – Swatting the air dismissively with the back of his hand, the Tour de France’s director said he has nothing to tell a group of female cyclists hoping to ride in their version of the sport’s greatest race.
Before the start of yesterday’s 16th stage, Christian Prudhomme brushed off a question about an online letter and petition.
The signatories don’t seek to have women race against men, but to have a professional women’s field racing in parallel over the same distances, on the same days, and with an organization such that the two races don’t conflict.
Prudhomme told the Associated Press in the southeastern town of Vaison-la-Romaine that “we are saying nothing for the moment.” He then walked away.