Sports News Roundup: Venus Williams receives wild card to play in U.S. Open; Tennis-Halep withdraws from Western & Southern Open with injury and more

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Venus Williams receives wild card to play in U.S. Open

Venus Williams was awarded a wild card Wednesday to compete in her 23rd U.S. Open, the United States Tennis Association announced. Williams, 41, is a two-time winner at Flushing Meadows (2000, 2001) and has competed in the event every year since 2006. Her WTA ranking is No. 112, which is outside the top 104 who receive direct entry into the tournament.

Tennis-Halep withdraws from Western & Southern Open with injury

Former world number one Simona Halep withdrew ahead of her second-round match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday with a “small tear” to her right adductor in the latest injury setback for the Romanian. Halep, who missed the French Open and Wimbledon due to a left calf tear, looked like she might not make it through her first-round match on Tuesday after she needed a medical time out to attend to her right leg.

MLB roundup: Shohei Ohtani pitches, belts 40th homer in Angels’ win

Shohei Ohtani tossed eight dominant innings and blasted his major league-leading 40th home run, carrying the visiting Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Ohtani (8-1) limited Detroit to one run on six hits while piling up eight strikeouts. Ohtani is 4-0 in five starts since the All-Star break.

After considering retirement, Aaron Rodgers vows to enjoy 2021

Aaron Rodgers says he plans to enjoy every minute of his 2021 season with the Green Bay Packers, a team he reportedly swore at one point to never suit up for again. Rodgers recently said on the Dan Le Batard and Friends Podcast that he was “50/50” regarding whether to retire, as recently as the week before the Packers reported to camp. But on Wednesday, after Green Bay’s joint practice with the New York Jets, Rodgers spoke to reporters about what he envisioned for his 17th NFL season.

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Athletics-Warholm warns shoe technology could hurt credibility

Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm is not against innovation in sports but feels the new carbon-technology shoes are hurting athletes’ credibility, the men’s 400 meters hurdles champion at the Tokyo Olympics told Reuters. Karsten Warholm shaved off his own world record by .76 of a second – a massive margin in a one-lap race – to hold off American Rai Benjamin to win in Tokyo in what would be remembered as one of the all-time great Olympic races.

Tennis-Osaka felt ‘ungrateful’ for her attitude to tennis

Naomi Osaka said she had felt “ungrateful” at times over the last year for not fully appreciating her life as one of the world’s top tennis players. The world number two sealed a comeback victory over Coco Gauff at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday, her first event outside the Olympics since withdrawing from the French Open in May.

Athletics-Olympic medallist Seidel to run New York City Marathon

Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel will make her New York City Marathon debut in November as part of a field that includes former Boston Marathon champion Des Linden, organisers said on Wednesday. Seidel, in just the third marathon of her career, became the third American woman to medal in the event at an Olympic Games when she finished with a time of 2:27:46 in Sapporo to take bronze behind Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir and Brigid Kosgei.

Baseball-Oakland pitcher out of hospital after being hit by line drive

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt has been released from a Chicago hospital but will require surgery on a broken bone in his face after he was hit by a line drive during a game, the Major League Baseball club said on Wednesday. The ace right-hander, who was injured during a Tuesday game in Chicago, received two stitches for facial lacerations and was diagnosed with a “displaced tripod fracture” in his right cheek, the Athletics said in a statement.

Soccer: Former Afghan women’s captain tells players to burn kits, delete photos

The former captain of the Afghan women’s soccer team has urged players to delete social media, erase public identities and burn their kits for safety’s sake now that the country is again under Taliban rule. Copenhagen-based Khalida Popal told Reuters in a video interview on Wednesday that the militants had killed, raped, and stoned women in the past and female footballers were scared of what the future might hold.

FBI interviewed Deshaun Watson, but lawyers disagree about why

The attorney for Deshaun Watson revealed the embattled Houston Texans quarterback talked to FBI agents who were seeking information about a potential extortion plot against him. In a news conference Wednesday, noted Houston attorney Rusty Hardin said the FBI was investigating whether one of the 22 women who filed civil lawsuits against Watson attempted to extort money. The women have accused Watson of sexual misconduct during massage sessions.

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