LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon.
The defending champion and five-time Wimbledon winner failed to close out a see-saw third set, dropping the last four games to Sabine Lisicki of Germany and losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round. The result ended Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak.
It was the latest in a string of improbable exits to jolt the tournament. Her loss left top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray as the only pre-tournament favorites still standing.
Those two stayed on course for a meeting in the final by winning in straight sets on Centre Court. Djokovic ousted German veteran Tommy Haas after Murray beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Djokovic reached his 17th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal and will face No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Murray will take on Fernando Verdasco of Spain.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The All-Star point guard agreed to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirmed.
Paul posted a message on his Twitter account in the mornint, saying "I'M IN!!!" #CLIPPERNATION
Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season and his decision to stay is the second big victory for the longtime losers in this offseason, following the signing of Doc Rivers as their new coach.
Paul can earn about $108 million over five years with the Clippers. The deal can't be signed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks will give Andrea Bargnani a chance to rediscover his game in New York.
The Atlantic Division champions and Toronto Raptors agreed on a deal involving the former No. 1 overall pick, according to a person with knowledge of the details.
Coming off an injury-shortened season that was his worst since his second year in the league, Bargnani will have a new home on July 10, once next season's salary cap has been set and deals can become official.
The Knicks will get the forward from Italy in exchange for three players and three picks, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the talks were to remain private.
Toronto will receive Knicks reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson, who will be signed-and-traded. The Knicks are also sending the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman insisted it was his call to let Tom Thibodeau's top assistant go and downplayed the idea there's friction with the coach.
The Bulls announced they were not renewing Ron Adams' contract for next season. Why was it the best decision? Forman wouldn't say.
Adams rejoined the Bulls in 2010 after serving as an assistant with Oklahoma City following a five-year run in Chicago from 2003 to 2008. The way this move came down was unusual because head coaches generally set their staff, yet it was the general manager pulling the plug in this case.
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL players are just a slap shot away from returning to the Olympics next year.
While a deal hasn't been reached yet between the NHL, the union and the International Ice Hockey Federation, to send the league's players to Sochi, a long meeting pushed the sides much closer to an agreement.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel met for more than five hours at league headquarters to work on a deal that would allow NHL players to compete at the 2014 games in Russia. This would be the fifth Olympics for the NHL.
NEW YORK (AP) — An Islanders team official confirmed the team will buy out the remaining eight years of oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro's contract.
The 31-year-old DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL draft, will be placed on waivers Tuesday before the compliance buyout can be used, the Islanders official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The club will have to pay DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years — double the years left on his original 15-year pact with New York. That amount won't count against the Islanders' salary cap.
DiPietro has been limited to 50 NHL games since the 2008-09 season, plagued by multiple concussions and hip and knee injuries that required surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league — and it might just stay that way for a while.
After Commissioner John Swofford welcomed Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame to the ACC at a news conference at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Manhattan, he said that further expansion isn't on the agenda.
Swofford was joined at the news conference by Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and former Pittsburgh great and now Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The group then took part in a closing bell ceremony at the stock market.