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v29_SerenaTennis great Serena Williams cherished her long-road back as she captured her fifth Wimbledon Singles Championship in Wimbledon, England.

Williams was dominant at the start and finish, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1,5-7,6-2 to win a fifth championship at the All England Club and 14th major title overall, ending a two-year drought.

The high point came on Centre Court at Wimbledon, when Williams dropped down to the grass, hands covering her face. She was all the way back, a Grand Slam champion yet again.

v29_USA_basketball_team(Via AJC.com) – They lost Dwyane Wade but gained Kevin Durant. Dwight Howard’s size has given way to Russell Westbrook’s speed.

The Americans know their men’s Olympic basketball team will look much different than the one that captured gold four years ago in Beijing. Three of the most important players from that team were unable to return, but the carryovers keep talking about being better now than they were then.

v29_mcclellandAthletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) presented the Texas Southern University Tigers Football Program as the 2010-11 recipient of the Academic Progress Rate(APR) Most Improved Award for the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The APR Most Improved Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score improvement from the previous year. In addition, the Association also recognizes one institution from each conference that has the highest overall APR score. In all, 29 awards were given this year, due to a tie in the Ivy League for the highest APR score in 2010-11.

*There won’t be any more “Big 3” in Boston! The “Big 3” of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen won’t be playing for Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers after Allen, decided to take a pay cut and take his threepoint shooting skills to South Florida.

Allen will join the “Big 3” of the Miami Heat this season. Allen took less money for a chance at winning another NBA Championship. Allen played for the Celtics for five seasons. The reigning NBA Champions could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million a year.

It looks like Mr. October, Reggie Jackson’s mouth has written checks that he can’t cash, so to speak. In the wake of his incendiary comments about Alex Rodriguez in a Sports Illustrated article last week, the NY Yankees have told Jackson to “stay away” from the Bronx and Yankee players, according to sources familiar with the team, reports the NY Daily News.

“Reggie is under punishment,” said one of the sources. “He’s upset.” Jackson, who was in Kansas City for the All-Star festivities Monday night, told reporters, “There is no ban. There is no suspension.”

v28_TigerWoodTiger Woods won another tournament on Sunday. This time it was the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C. to move ahead of golf great Jack Nicklaus.

For Woods and golf in general, everything is starting to look very 2009.

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