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Serena Williams withdraws from French Open due to injury

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open.

USA Today reported that, according to French TV, the the 36-year-old pulled out of the match because of an arm injury.

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Williams recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams was due to play against Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round match at the Open. She and her sister, Venus Williams, lost in a doubles match Sunday to Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve,” Williams said at a news conference addressing her withdrawal, according to BBC News.

Williams said her appearance at Wimbledon will depend on her MRI results.

“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”

“I’ve never felt this in my life so I don’t really know how to manage it yet, but this is a little different,” Williams said. “I’m clueless as to what to do.”

The injury, Williams said, makes her unable to serve. She said she did not have problems with it before the tournament.

Sports Illustrated reported that Williams also expressed disappointment over the withdrawal because of her time away from her family.

“I’m beyond disappointed,” she said. “I gave up so much from time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”

On her Instagram page, Williams said the withdrawal is “just the beginning,” thanking fans for their support.

“You always live to fight for another chance,” Williams captioned a photo of herself serving at the tournament. “I’ve done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning. Thank you a for the support. I love you.”

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015. The French Open was her first major since the 2017 Australian Open.

Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who died in 2016 after a seizure led to his drowning has sued the manufacturers of helmets worn by Cody Hamblin.

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Darren Hamblin alleges in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while he played at Miamisburg High School led to seizure and death.

The suit names Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. The plaintiffs allege negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and wrongful death.

Cody Hamblin, 22, died May 29, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ohio, when he was fishing during Memorial Day weekend with his grandfather. He had a sudden seizure while on a boat, fell overboard into the water and died within a minute, according to the suit.

CTE is only determined by postmortem analysis, and an autopsy was performed on Cody Hamblin on June 30, 2016, the suit said.

The court document claims that Hamblin played football from 2001, when he was 8 years old, until 2011 and that he developed brain and neurological damage while using those companies’ helmets.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs “did not know the long-term effects of repeat brain injuries, subconcussive hits and cumulative brain trauma and relied on” the defendants to protect them.

“Upon information and belief, there are no specific safety standards for youth sports,” the suit alleges. “In other words, (the companies’) ‘safety standards’ utilized in the design and manufacture of their tackle football helmets fail to differentiate between adult tackle football participants and children tackle football participants, despite the drastic and varying differences between the two.”

“Children possess unique features and vulnerabilities not possessed by fully developed, exceptionally fit adult athletes,” the suit said.

In addition, the suit said children are more vulnerable to head, neck and brain injuries than adults because youth football players’ heads and brains are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their bodies.

The suit cites design defects and that the companies failed to provide necessary and adequate information and made misrepresentations about their products.

The defendants have not yet filed an answer in court.

Arizona Diamondbacks reliever pitches in to deliver groceries 

Archie Bradley is used to pitching in when the Arizona Diamondbacks need some relief help.

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So it was a simple matter for the right-hander to provide some relief at an Arizona grocery store, The Arizona Republic reported. 

Bradley went around Fry’s Marketplace in north Phoenix on Thursday, bagging groceries for shoppers who had signed up for the store’s ClickList delivery service. The service allows customers to buy groceries online and then have store employees load the food into their cars.

"To be able to order your groceries online, pull up and have them delivered straight to you is an amazing experience," Bradley told the Republic. 

After bagging the groceries, Bradley delivered them on a cart to surprised customers in the parking lot, the Republic reported. Each customer also received free cases of Bodyarmor water and SuperDrink, the newspaper reported. Bradley was representing Bodyarmor on Thursday, and said he had some jitters while delivering the goods to customers.

"I think I probably just got docked a little bit for bringing out the wrong order. I'm going to take responsibility as captain of this team,” Bradley joked to the Republic. “That's my fault.” 

Serena Williams on postpartum depression: ‘I wanted to be perfect’

Tennis champion Serena Williams is opening up about the difficulties of being a new mother.

In her cover story for the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Williams talked about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who is now 8 months old.

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“Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it,” Williams said. “I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy. I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying ... because I wanted to be perfect for her.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, 36, gave birth to her daughter via emergency cesarean section. Shortly after, Williams also suffered from a pulmonary embolism, she told Vogue magazine in January.

Williams said that through it all, she believes she has been a good mother to her baby girl.

“I hope I am, and I’m going to strive to be the best mom I can be,” Williams said.

Photos: Kevin Durant through the years

Photos of basketball player Kevin Durant through the years.

Photos: LeBron James through the years

Photos of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James through the years.

Warriors and Cavaliers face off in 4th NBA Finals: Are fans tired yet?

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face each other for the fourth year in a row at this year’s NBA Finals.

Read: NBA Championship 2018: What time, what channel, what are the odds for Cleveland vs. Golden State?

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cavaliers with a 129-120 win last season, snagging the NBA championship in one of the greatest post-season runs in the history of the league.

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As the Warriors and Cavaliers gear up for the 2018 NBA Finals, many are wondering if fans will be bored of the matchup.

Those people should rest assured that nothing lasts forever, Golden State’s general manager Bob Myers said at media day before Game 1, according to NBA.com.

“I definitely know this is ending, I don’t need any reminders,” Myers said. “I know a lot of people in the Bay Area think this is going to go on forever. On the record, it won’t.”

Golden State’s Kevin Durant said that even with some fan fatigue it’ll be a great game.

“It may not be as suspenseful as a lot of people want it to be or as drama-filled, but that's what you've got movies and music for,” Durant said during Wednesday’s press conference. “I think this is a great display of basketball on the court from both sides, and if you're a real lover of the game, you can enjoy how both teams play it, even though it may be different.”

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James had a more pointed message for fans and teams complaining they are not represented in the 2018 NBA Finals.

“Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years, and teams have had the opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years,” James told reporters. “If you want to see somebody else in the postseason, then you got to beat them. Or in the Finals, in that case.”

The Warriors and Cavaliers are the first teams in any of the four major American sports leagues to play each other in four consecutive championship games or series. 

While some are concerned about fan fatigue, the data shows they keep coming back for more. 

The league’s average attendance for the 2017-18 season was at an all-time high and the most recently completed conference finals were the NBA’s most-watched games in the last six years, according to Nielson data shared with the NBA

NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins announces pregnancy

The late Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, announced Tuesday that she's expecting another child.

Jenkins took to Instagram to announce the pregnancy and didn't reveal who the father of the baby is.

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"Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate," Jenkins wrote in her Instagram post. "We are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."

Jenkins revealed she'd be having another daughter, saying she "couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister, and even more blessed to welcome another baby girl to our home."

On Boston25News.com: 'He could've been saved,' Shayanna Jenkins tells Dr. Phil

The pregnancy comes just over a year after Hernandez's death, when he hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017.

Hernandez's suicide note to Jenkins featured him calling her his "soul-mate" and saying she would be "rich" after his death.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe High School shooting victims 

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt continues to make an impact in the wake of the mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school, KTRK reported.

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Watt visited some of the victims injured in the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School on Monday and took photographs with them and their nurses at the hospital. He also visited several victims at their homes, KHOU reported.

A gunman opened fire Friday at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10 and wounding 13.

Among the students Watt visited Monday was Chase Yarborough, who he visited at home; and Clay Horn, who remains in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound.

Horn could undergo more surgery Tuesday, KTRK reported.

>> J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of Santa Fe victims

Last week, Watt offered to pay the funeral expenses for the people who were killed.

>> Exchange student, substitute teacher among those killed

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