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Sports news briefs — July 4

Compiled from wire reports


U.S. tennis player
reveals cancer fight

• U.S. tennis player Victoria Duval, 18, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but expects to make a full recovery after undergoing treatment for the cancer.

Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon, was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon and further tests in the United States confirmed the results, her management team said Friday.

“It is with a heavy heart that I will have to step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” Duval said in a news release.

It’s the latest challenge for Duval and her family: as a child, she was kidnapped in her parents’ home country of Haiti. And her father was trapped for days in the rubble of his house there after a 2010 earthquake.

Duval said she received the news after the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon, but decided to continue playing. She beat 29th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round.

“Being on court provided me with much comfort,” she said. “I have complete faith that God will assist me and my family with all that we need, to achieve victory and become stronger from this journey. I picture myself healthy, stronger and competing again soon.”


Veteran center goes
to Ottawa Senators

•  The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with center David Legwand on a two-year deal. Legwand split last season between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings. The Senators also re-signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-year deal.

• The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Zach Kassian, defenseman Yannick Weber and goaltender Joe Cannata.

• The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free-agent forward Nick Tarnasky, who played last season for Montreal’s Hamilton affiliate in the American Hockey League.


Pat Summitt to keep
emeritus coach title

• Pat Summitt will remain Tennessee women’s basketball coach emeritus next season and can keep the $75,000 post “in perpetuity, or until she chooses to relinquish it,” her contract says. She stepped down in 2012 after 38 seasons as coach a year after announcing she had early-onset dementia.

• Texas Tech basketball guard Amber Battle will be suspended a month after fighting with a football player at the school’s recreation center. Battle admitted making “first contact” with freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II in a pickup basketball game, and apologized.

— From wire reports


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