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Sunday
Aug052012

Serena and Venus Williams Take Home Tennis Doubles Gold

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena and Venus Williams began the ninth day of the 2012 London Olympics by taking home another gold for the U.S. They beat the Czech Republic to win the women's doubles tournament Sunday morning.

The win comes just 24 hours after Serena took home the gold for the women's singles tournament on Saturday, becoming the second woman ever to complete the Golden Slam, made up of four grand slam titles and the Olympic gold.

The sisters have won the doubles tournament at the past two summer Olympics, in Sydney and Beijing.

Following the tennis match, attention will likely shift to the much-anticipated Olympic debut of women's boxing today.

Seattle's Queen Underwood will be the first American woman in history to complete in the Olympics as a boxer when she takes on Great Britain's Natasha Jones at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Sunday's events will begin the second full week of Olympic competition, featuring individual gymnastics competitions, team sports like basketball and softball, and track events.

The United States and China head into the second week tied for the number of gold medals won so far; both countries have brought home 27 golds.

On Saturday, all eyes were on the beginning of the track competitions as top sprinters Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt, Carmelita Jeter, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price took the track. Bolt and Gay both won their heats for the 100 meter dash final, while Jeter scored the fastest runner-up time in Olympic history when she came in second to Jamaica's Fraser-Price in the women's 100 meter.

The host country, the United Kingdom, produced three gold medal winners at Olympic stadium, with Mo Farrah winning the 10,000 meter run, Greg Rutherford taking the top prize in the long jump with a distance of 8.21 meters, and track star Jessica Ennis taking top honors in the heptathlon.

The final for the men's 100 meter dash takes top billing at 4:50 p.m. today, when the fastest man in the world, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, tries to defend his title. Runners trying to out-sprint Bolt include the second fastest man in the world, Tyson Gay of the U.S. Both Gay and Bolt won their qualifying heats easily on Saturday and will have to make it through the semifinals today before the final event.

The reigning champions in women's volleyball, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings, will also compete again Sunday, after winning Saturday's match against the Netherlands. Sunday the undefeated pair will face Italy.

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Monday
Sep122011

Serena Williams Fined $2,000 for U.S. Open Outburst

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams was fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open after unleashing her wrath on an official who called her out for on court hindrance during Sunday’s women’s final.

Tournament referee Brian Earley issued his ruling Monday, a day after Williams was issued a code violation for verbal abuse by chair umpire Eva Asderaki during a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Australia’s Sam Stosur at Flushing Meadows.

Williams got off relatively easy. In a statement to ABC News, the United States Tennis Association said Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock determined that “Williams’ conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offense.”

A major offense could have spelled trouble for Williams, who was already under probation after a similar outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open. Nonetheless, Sunday’s break in decorum may have tarnished the charmed comeback for Williams, who was kept off the court for nearly a year with injuries and medical problems.

It all started when Williams, 29, and Stosur, 27, were in the first game of the match’s second set and the Australian went after Williams’ forehand shot. But just before the ball hit Stosur’s racket, Williams belted out, “Come on!” Stosur barely tapped the ball, and the score went from 30-40 to deuce.

Asderaki, the chair umpire at Arthur Ashe Stadium, gave Williams a code violation and a point penalty -- giving the game to Stosur.

Reacting to the decision, Williams did not quite have a repeat of her 2009 on-court calamity, when she physically threatened a lineswoman who called her for a foot foul in an obscenity-ridden rant. But she was heard to say the following to the umpire:

“Don’t even look at me. I promise you, don’t look at me … Don’t look my way,” “Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser,” “You’re out of control, you’re a hater and you’re unattractive inside,” “A code violation because I expressed who I am? Really? We’re in America the last time I checked.” But the kicker -- which could potentially be seen as a threat was: “If you ever see me walking down the hall … walk the other way.

Williams was called for hindrance, which is an interpretation of her yell of “Come on!” as deliberate interference. Once the point and game were awarded to Stosur, the crowd at Arthur Ashe booed for over a full minute. But that didn’t slow the ninth-seeded Australian, who rallied against Williams, pushing the 13-time Grand Slam champ around the court with strong forehands and powerful serves.

Williams narrowly avoided another on court meltdown -- along with the $82,500 fine and two-year probation by the Grand Slam committee that she was handed after her notorious 2009 tirade.

After her loss on Sunday, Williams explained herself.

“I just yelled, ‘Come on!’ ” Williams said. “It was a great shot. It was beautiful. I hit it like right in the sweet spot. I don’t know. It was a good shot, and it was the only good shot I think I hit. I was like, ‘Woohoo!”

She also seemed to put the whole episode behind her. On her Twitter page, she wrote, “Congrats to Sam Stoser. She played amazing! As for me next time.”

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Serena Williams Hospitalized

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tennis great and pitchwoman Serena Williams was treated at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday for a blood clot in her lung. Her spokeswoman Nicole Chabot told People magazine that Williams "underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation." Chabot's statement said Williams "suffered from a pulmonary embolism which was discovered upon her return to L.A." and that Williams "had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot."

Williams severely cut her foot on glass in Spain last year and has undergone multiple surgeries to try to repair the injury. The athlete was seen out and about at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday in Los Angeles, which is why she was taken to Cedars-Sinai for treatment and observation.

On Wednesday, Williams tweeted just a two-word hint of her serious situation: "Tough day."

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