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Out of sorts, Serena Williams upset at Olympics

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Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Shanking shots of all sorts, including five — yes, five! — double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker Tuesday, ending the No. 1-seeded American’s bid to become the first tennis player to collect a pair of singles golds. Against an unheralded opponent who at times couldn’t…

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Going for gold isn’t just for athletes anymore

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The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones going for the gold in Rio. For the first time since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, bettors in Las Vegas are allowed to wager legally on an Olympic competition. RJ Bell of Pregame.com says much of that money will be spent on men’s basketball even though bookmakers give the Americans an almost 90 percent change of winning the gold medal. So, you’d have to lay down $1,200 on the Americans to earn $100. A $100 wager…

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In Olympic marketing, smaller brands find restrictions tough

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The Olympics are full of stories of underdogs triumphing against the odds for athletic glory. But in the case of Olympic marketing, smaller brands are finding it tough to prevail amid strict rules. Sponsors such as Visa, Samsung and Coca-Cola pay hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Olympics. So the International Olympic Committee cracks down on non-sponsoring brands that reference the Olympics by name or use Olympic logos in tweets or advertisement. This extends to athletes…

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Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win Australia title

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Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, Williams fell short of equaling Steffi Graf‘s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a major final and had lost five of her six previous career…

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Weekend has something for every sports fan

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Sports fans have plenty to choose from this weekend. Whether attending in person or watching on television, there is something for everyone. A huge baseball series begins on Friday, while NASCAR sets its final seeding for the 10-race championship run on Saturday. Another potentially monster event, Serena Williams going for the tennis Grand Slam, was derailed by her semi-final-round loss to Italy’s Roberta Vinci. Of course, there is plenty of college football and the NFL kicks off its first weekend of play…

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Do you really think it’s a good idea to ask for an autograph from Serena Williams right after she got tossed from the US Open?

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From Straight Sets: Amid all the action of a huge day in tennis, the big lingering question at the United States Open is if further discipline will be meted out for Serena Williams’s match-ending tantrum in the semifinal match against Kim Clijsters Saturday night. Normally there would be no hurry to make a decision, but Serena and Venus Williams have made the women’s doubles final — scheduled to be played Monday — and one of the possible decisions by the…

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