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Wimbledon: French Open champ Li Na taken out early

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Sabine Lisicki,
a 21-year-old from Germany  who had been carried off the court at the French Open after collapsing with cramps and who needed a wild card to get into the Wimbledon main draw, upset third-seeded Li Na, 3-6, 6-4, 8-6.

Li had become the first Chinese woman to win one of the four major tennis tournaments when she took the French Open last month.

Lisicki missed five months of the 2010 season with an ankle injury that she said kept her on crutches for seven weeks, but she has always showed a firm grass-court game. In 2009, she made the Wimbledon quarterfinals and won a Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Birmingham two weeks ago.

"My emotions are over the moon," she said.

Li twice served for the match but seemed tentative against Lisicki, who had fallen out of the top 200 in the rankings after her ankle injury.

"It was very very hard," Lisicki said. "I had to start from zero after being on crutches for seven weeks. Getting the wild card here, I appreciate it so much."

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Photos: 2011 Wimbledon

-- Diane Pucin at Wimbledon

Photo: Li Na hits a return during her second-round loss to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon on Thursday. Credit: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Friday’s Budgets

SLOTS

ALLENTOWN: Keith Kaeppel, 610-820-6623

BALTIMORE: Jonathan Fogg, 410-332-6215

CHICAGO: Mike Kates, 312-222-3173

HARTFORD: Bob Clancy, 860-241-6764

LOS ANGELES: Jim Coleman, 213-237-7799

NEWPORT NEWS: Andi Petrini, 757-247-4643

ORLANDO: Ken Gladstone, 407-420-6060

SOUTH FLORIDA: Mack Browning, 954-356-4641

 

MODULES

PRESSBOX. Usual wires. PDF name: sc-spt-0623-pressbox-quarter,sports,briefs.pdf

FOUR CORNERS-MODULE. 1/4-page module. Topic: Who will win Saturday's Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Mexico? Writers: Grahame Jones/Los Angeles, Foltman/Chicago, Hartford and Gary Blockus/Allentown. PDF name: sc-spt-0623-4corner-quarter, …

BASEBALL. Agate, roundup … 3x10½ SPACE AVAILABLE PDF name: sc-spt-0623-mlb1-full,bb,roundup.pdf

NBA-DRAFT. ½-page module, pick-by-pick with comment, with second-round order included. PDF name: sc-spt-0623-nba1-half,nba,draft,pdf

WIMBLEDON. 3x10 … story of day, agate PDF name: sc-spt-0623-extra1-quarter,wimbledon,roundup.pdf

WILD CARD MODULE. ½-page module on robin ventura, who is finally pain free after getting an ankle from a cadaver PDF name: sc-spt-0623-wildcard-half,ventura,ankle,cadaver.pdf

NEWS-OF-THE-DAY MODULE. ½-page module on …. PDF name: sc-spt-0623-extra1-half

 

AUTO RACING

NASCAR-SONOMA Advancer on the weekend's race. PELTZ 10-12"

 

BASEBALL 

CHICAGO: SOX. Revisiting the Jackson deal and how Washington wasn’t going to trade Dunn for anything but prospects and what’s happened since … GONZALES.

CHICAGO: CUBS. Off-day. SULLIVAN.

CHICAGO: ROSENWINKEL. “Edgar? Edgar Rosenwinkel?’’ the big ballplayer, dressed head to toe as a Philadelphia Phillie, asked the 85-year-old man seated in the front row of the Wrigley Field bleachers. “Are you the one who threw that ball back to Dizzy Dean?” This was indeed the hard-working, mild-mannered Edgar Rosenwinkel, a salt-of-the-earth type who looked on completely flabbergasted as his son and grandson watched Curt Schilling engage him in the conversation of a lifetime. “My dad’s jaw hit the ground,’’ Wayne Rosenwinkel recalled last week. “He was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s happening?’ “ This not-so-random encounter happened at Wrigley Field in July, 2000, about a week before Schilling was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was one of those acts of kindness, done out of decency and respect, which happen every day but rarely captures anyone’s attention. ROGERS. w/family photos.

CHICAGO: BB-ROUNDUP. 5 games (ET) — 4 interleague: Seattle at Washington, 1:05; Oakland at N.Y. Mets, 1:10; Minnesota at San Francisco, 3:45; Arizona at Kansas City, 8:10; … 1 NL: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:15.

bs-sp-orioles-derrek-lee-0624. First baseman Derrek Lee has given the Orioles exactly what they wanted from him: good defense and a leader in the clubhouse. His bat, however, still hasn’t come around. Zrebiec. 16-18 inches

LOS ANGELES: DODGERS-ANGELS-INTERLEAGUE off-day story looking into why the AL beats up on the NL and why the Angels recently have had the upper hand on the Dodgers. BOLCH.

LOS ANGELES: DODGERS-MEMORIES Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and coaches Mickey Hatcher and Alfredo Griffin look back on their fondest Dodgers memories. DIGIOVANNA.
LOS ANGELES: DODGERS-MCCOURT-SELIG Questions with answers about what might be next in the Dodgers ownership saga. SHAIKIN. 

 

BASKETBALL

HARTFORD: NBA DRAFT KEMBA: Where Kemba Walker goes in NBA Draft. Draft starts at 7 p.m. 21” ANTHONY [can supplement with Kemba career highlights or roster of team he is going to]

CHICAGO: BULLS. With the 28th, 30th and 43rd picks, the Chicago Bulls select … KCJ. Photo: Reuters.

CHICAGO: BULLS-BIOS. What to know about them … Name, Round, Pick, Pos, School, Ht, Wt, On the court, Upside, Downside, Most resembles … KCJ.

CHICAGO: DRAFT-LOCALS. Richmond? McCamey? Hansbrough? Scott? Shumpert? Liggin? Others? HINE.

CHICAGO: SKY. vs. Connecticut, 7. RYAN.

CHICAGO: SUN. vs. Chicago, 7. RYAN (for HARTFORD).

Orlando: Brian Schmitz live off NBA Draft. Os-magic-schmitz-draft-0624: Schmitz’s take on whether the Magic made the right moves. Were the team’s actions (or lack of action) wise?

Fl-heat-draft-main-0624: Main on what Heat did (and didn’t do) in draft, and how it affects team and what’s their next step. (Winderman/Laughlin) 600 words

Fl-heat-notes-0624: TENTATIVE – notebook might be needed, depends on what Heat does and what Ira gets in main (Richardson/Laughlin)

Fl-nba-draft-0624 – NBA Draft story for FORT LAUDERDALE, leading with Brandon Knight, including Chris Singleton and Chandler Parsons and other news, top pick etc. (GORTEN/ADAMS), 530 words

Os-nba-draft-0624 – NBA draft story for ORLANDO. This will lead with Chandler Parsons and will include Brandon Knight, (GORTEN/ADAMS), 530 words

Os-orlando-magic-draft-main-0624: What happened (and didn’t happen) with Magic on draft night? (Robbins/Laughlin) 540 words

bs-sp-nba-draft-0624. We’re tracking where locals Josh Selby and Jordan Williams go in the draft. KVV/Engelke. 15 inches

LOS ANGELES: HEISLER-NBA-DRAFT News column on the picks, and any notable trades. HEISLER 20".

LOS ANGELES: HEISLER-DRAFT-CHART comments on the first-round picks.
LOS ANGELES: LAKERS Their four second-round picks. Turner/Bresnahan
LOS ANGELES: CLIPPERS Their two second-round picks. Dillman

 

COLLEGE SPORTS

ALLENTOWN: Feature on Virginia Tech’s new director of men’s basketball operations Jeff Wulbrun (Wood)

Os-college-world-series-0624 – Preview of Florida’s college world series game vs. either North Carolina or Vanderbilt. (Harvey/Adams). 560 words + U.S. Presswire photo

Os-ereck-plancher-trial-0624 – News from Ereck Plancher-UCF trial (Limon/Adams), 530 words

Os-college-notes-0624 – College notes, including notes from College World Series. (Colleges team/Adams), 366 words

 

FOOTBALL

bs-sp-preston-column-0624. On the Ravens’ Haloti Ngata, who says he’s dropped 24 pounds in the offseason/lockout and is ready to play some football. 15 inches

 

GOLF 

HARTFORD: TRAVELERS LEAD: 24” YANTZ

HARTFORD: TRAVELERS SIDE 1: 15” COHEN

HARTFORD: TRAVELERS SIDE 2: 15” BOYER

HARTFORD: TRAVELERS SLICE: 18” BOYER

HARTFORD: TRAVELERS NOTEBOOK: 25” YANTZ anchors

 

HOCKEY

CHICAGO: HAWKS-DRAFT. Director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley. It will be his fourth draft as scouting director. Draft preview and before June 24 first round. KUC. w/photo.

Fl-florida-panthers-nhl-draft-0624: Top candidates for Panthers overall third pick will comment on their journeys with chart on Tallon's previous first-round picks.

LOS ANGELES: NHL-DRAFT advance to the draft. ELLIOTT

 

OLYMPICS

CHICAGO: TRACK. Opening round of the 100 meters, which ends 7:40 Central. Or, first round women’s 400, depending on Sanya Richards and Allyson Felix. HERSH. Photo: Reuters.

 

SOCCER

LOS ANGELES: WOMENS-WORLD-CUP A look at the locals participating. MATT STEVENS.

 

TENNIS

LOS ANGELES: WIMBLEDON coverage. PUCIN
LOS ANGELES: WIMBLEDON-MATCHES next day. DESK

 

 
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