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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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Alouettes Release Johnny Manziel

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The Montreal Alouettes have released former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Montreal traded two first round draft picks to acquire Manziel last year, and the CFL has announced that it will not approve a Manziel contract should another CFL team attempt to sign him.

Apparently, Manziel violated his contract with the Alouettes, according to the team.

With the AAF in play, and the XFL arriving next season, it is likely that Manziel is looking to latch on with either of those two leagues as opposed to continuing to play in the CFL.

However, if Manziel is looking to draw significant interest his play in the CFL left much to be desired.

Manziel appeared in 8 games for Montreal during his tenure, throwing 5 touchdowns verse 7 interceptions, certainly disappointing numbers that won’t elicit much excitement.

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Argonauts Sign Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson

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Get ready for an endless amount of toilet jokes and bathroom humor because the Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson, according to an official team announcement.

Johnson, 26, has played 25 games over two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after trying to latch on to NFL teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.

Toronto has been revamping their defensive line and Johnson is another addition that they hope will aid them in their efforts.

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Sparks Sign Ashley Walker

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The Los Angeles Sparks signed forward Ashley Walker last week, bringing the veteran forward back to the WNBA.

Walker, the 12th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, is currently playing in the Turkish League for Mersin where she is
averaging 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.4 assists while shooting 58% from the field.

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