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Davenport runs out of gas
By TIMES WIRES
Published August 10, 2006
CARSON, Calif. - Throwing out her pride along with 10 double faults, Lindsay Davenport's comeback ended with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3 loss to Samantha Stosur in the JPMorgan Chase Open on Wednesday.
Out since March because of a back injury, Davenport battled her own errors and lack of fitness in her first tournament since Indian Wells.
She started hitting balls in early July at the urging of her husband, without a specific comeback date in mind. But the lure of playing her hometown tournament brought Davenport out.
"Three weeks just wasn't enough time," she said. "I kind of thought that coming in here, but I felt a strong desire to play here, so that overrode the pride factor."
Serena Williams continued her comeback, beating Ashley Harkleroad 6-3, 6-2 in a second-round match.
ROGERS CUP: Richard Gasquet upset fifth-seeded James Blake of Tampa 6-4, 6-3 in the second round in Toronto. Top-ranked Roger Federer beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3 to win his 50th straight match on North American hard courts. Venus Williams (wrist) and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo (shoulder) pulled out of next week's women's Rogers Cup with injuries.
Sonics seek new venue
Playing in Key Arena in its current state is not a workable option for the team, the new owner of the Seattle SuperSonics said.
Clay Bennett told a news conference his group is putting together plans for a possible large-scale arena entertainment complex as a new home for the Sonics. He would not rule out the possibility of a remodeled Key Arena.
Seattle sports fans have speculated that Bennett might move the Sonics to Oklahoma City following the coming season.
NBA: Former All-Star Eddie Johnson was denied bail a day after being arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Ocala. . . . Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony had no swelling or pain and was walking normally one day after hyperextending his knee during U.S. national team's 90-86 victory over Brazil in Guangzhou, China. . . . Paul Pierce had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow but is expected to be ready by the start of Boston's training camp in early October. . . . New Orleans signed reserve point guard Jannero Pargo, who averaged 4.8 points for Chicago last season, to a two-year contract.
WNBA: Lisa Leslie had 18 points as host Los Angeles beat Sacramento 69-58 to end a three-game losing streak. . . . Asjha Jones came off the bench to score 21 and lead visiting Connecticut to a 71-63 win over Indiana.
Flyers' Desjardins retiring
Philadelphia defenseman Eric Desjardins, the second-highest scoring defenseman in team history, will announce his retirement today. Desjardins, 37, finishes with 136 goals, 439 assists and 575 points in 1,143 career games.
ELSEWHERE: San Jose re-signed left wing Patrick Rissmiller and signed free-agent defenseman and ex-Lightning player Mathieu Biron to a one-year deal. . . . Harry Sinden, president of the Boston Bruins for the last 17 of his more than 40 years with the team, resigned to become an adviser to club owner Jeremy Jacobs.
CYCLING: Jens Voigt won the Tour of Germany, finishing 1 minute 38 seconds ahead of American Levi Leipheimer after eight stages, pedaling into Karlsruhe, Germany, for his 50th career triumph.
RADIO: CBS radio announced Tampa's 1010-AM will return to a sports talk format starting Friday. The station will feature local programming and national programming from Sporting News Radio. Weekends will include NASCAR, NCAA Football, NFL football and some Yankees baseball games.
SOCCER: Santino Quaranta scored his first goal the day after being acquired by Los Angeles as the visiting Galaxy defeated Houston 1-0. . . . Host New England earned its fourth straight draw, tying Kansas City 0-0.