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Sports news briefs — Compiled July 31

Compiled from wire reports

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TENNIS

Wozniacki planning to run marathon

• Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon. The former No. 1 player said Thursday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year. She says seeking this challenge wasn’t an attempt to distract herself from her personal life — golfer Rory McIlroy broke off their engagement in late May.

• Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.

• Ana Ivanovic advanced to her first Bank of the West quarterfinal, beating qualifier Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-1 in Stanford, Calif.

• Steve Johnson knocked off another seeded player in the Citi Open in Washington, beating ninth-seeded Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) to advance to the quarterfinals.

• Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina and David Goffin of Belgium reached the Kitzbuehel Cup semifinals in Austria on a rain-soaked day, while top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany lost.

Basketball

Bayless signs deal with Milwaukee

• Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games.

• The Denver Nuggets reached deals with first-round picks Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris. The team picked up the rights to both players in a draft-night trade with Chicago that sent high-scoring Creighton forward Doug McDermott to the Bulls along with forward Anthony Randolph, who was later dealt to Orlando.

• Violet Palmer, the first woman to referee an NBA game, says she will marry her longtime female partner this week. Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007 and has not kept her sexuality a secret from her co-workers since that time. Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine on Friday in Los Angeles.

College Sports

Guard for Marquette decides to go pro

• Marquette guard Todd Mayo decided to leave the program to pursue a professional basketball career. Mayo is leaving before his senior season and Steve Wojciechowski’s first year as coach.

• Wake Forest running back Dominique Gibson was suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules. Team spokesman Steve Shutt confirmed Gibson’s status one day before the Demon Deacons begin their first preseason camp under new coach Dave Clawson.

• Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ football poll. Ohio State was sixth.

OTHER SPORTS

Penguins, Spaling agree to contract

• The Pittsburgh Penguins and restricted free agent forward Nick Spaling agreed to a two-year contract worth $4.4 million. The Penguins acquired Spaling and forward Patric Hornquist in a trade with Nashville in June that sent All-Star forward James Neal to the Predators.

• Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup.

— From wire reports


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