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International Tennis Federation Defends Umpire Who Cited Serena Williams

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Umpire Carlos Ramos, who cited Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final has been defended by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body.

Ramos, who said his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules”, cited Williams three times during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, once for getting coaching signals, another for breaking her racket, and a third for calling Ramos a “thief”.

The call for breaking her racket cost Williams a point.

On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to reports.

The ITF stated that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses”, on Monday, adding “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”

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Aces Talking Trade for Liz Cambage

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The Las Vegas Aces are working on the final details of a trade with the Dallas Wings that would bring All-Star center Liz Cambage to Las Vegas, according to SB Nation’s Bradley Klopfer.

The 6-foot-8 Cambage finished second in the WNBA MVP voting in 2018 behind the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart following an impressive season in which she averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while also earning her second All-Star appearance in three seasons.

2018 was a special year for Cambage as she led the WNBA in player efficiency rating with 30.7, and also set a single-game record by scoring an impressive 53 points.

Las Vegas had yet another disappointing season, posting a 14-20 record and finishing 9th.

As part of the trade, the Wings will receive Aces guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison and a future WNBA draft pick.

The Los Angeles Sparks had reportedly been discussing a trade for Cambage with Las Vegas and supposedly had offered a package including Kalani Brown, Maria Vadeeva, and a draft pick.

Those talks gained a lot of traction as Cambage stated that she only wanted to play in Los Angeles, making a trade with the Sparks the most likely outcome.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cambage requested a trade in January and cited the Los Angeles Sparks as a preferred destination, but reportedly would play in Las Vegas.

Talks between the Aces and Wings were ongoing since the trade request but went dormant of late before picking back up over the past 2 weeks and picking up major steam by Sunday.

While Cambage has not commented on a potential move to Las Vegas, or publicly changed her stance on playing in Los Angeles, she could have changed her mind during these trade talks.

Jefferson, 25, was the 2nd overall pick of the San Antonio Stars in 2016 and averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 points as a rookie.

While she has been a very productive and consistent player throughout her WNBA career, she was limited last season due to injury, averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 assists.

When healthy, she provides solid, consistent production.

Harrison, 25, was the 12th overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, but missed her rookie season due to a knee injury. She sat out the 2018 WNBA season with an auto-immune issue.

Harrison had a solid 2017 season with the Stars, averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

While a deal is not done yet, the two sides are “finalizing” a deal, per the SB Nation report. However, the Las Vegas Review Journal states that
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Regardless, this story is developing and one thing is seemingly for certain; Cambage is on her way out of town, one way or the other.

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Sparks Land Chiney Ogwumike in Trade with Sun

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The Los Angeles Sparks have acquired All-Star Chiney Ogwumike from the Connecticut Sun in exchange for a 2020 first round draft pick, the teams announced on Saturday.

The trade will reunite Oqwumike with her sister, Nneka, the 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player, to form a fierce tandem for the Sparks moving forward.

The sisters were teammates when they played for Stanford.

“Chiney Ogwumike is one of the most athletic, versatile and efficient frontcourt players in the WNBA,” Sparks general manager Penny Toler said. “Chiney provides us additional inside scoring, rebounding and rim protection. She will be a great addition to our roster.”

“We would like to thank Chiney Ogwumike for her contributions to our organization since 2014,” Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said in a statement. “We wish her well with her career and expanding her off court interests.”

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John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance

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Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .

“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.

“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

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