• Williams coasts in 1st round of Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Taiwanese wildcard Lee Pei-chi in her opening match at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday.

  • Mladenovic falls to Siegemund in round 1 in St Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France’s Kristina Mladenovic, seeded seventh, lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Wednesday after a two-hour battle with Laura Siegemund of Germany.

  • Williams coasts to 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee at Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee Pei-chi in her opening match at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday.

    Updated: 1:25 am

  • US women’s national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus

    The U.S. women’s national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

  • No. 22 South Florida women breeze by Tulane 77-65

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Courtney Williams scored 18 points, Alisia Jenkins grabbed 20 rebounds — one short of her career best — and No. 22 South Florida rebounded after a rare conference loss to beat Tulane 77-65 Tuesday night.

  • AP Source: Ole Miss football cited in 13 of 28 violations

    Mississippi’s football program was cited by the NCAA in nearly half of the 28 rules violations levied against the school in the Notice of Allegations the university recently received, said a person with knowledge of the investigation.

  • Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel poses near the damaged menorah outside the Chabad Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The menorah has been damaged three times in less than a year, most recently on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/David Mercer)

    U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center’s rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.

  • Pavlyuchenkova reaches round 2 in St. Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was made to fight for a place in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday, beating Czech veteran Klara Koukalova in three sets.

  • South Carolina head coach Frank Martin, center, reacts after a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

    Big Week: South Carolina could move to top of SEC standings

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina could end up atop the Southeastern Conference standings, if the Gamecocks can defend their homecourt this week.

  • USSF defends request for an expedited schedule in lawsuit

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation is defending its request for an expedited schedule in its lawsuit against the player’s union for the World Cup-winning women’s national team.