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« le: 08 mars 2019, 05:20:05 »
BRISBANE, Australia -- Venus Williams withdrew from the Hobart International on Sunday while fellow American Sloane Stephens did the same from the Sydney International due to a left wrist injury. Williams withdrawal came less than 24 hours after losing in the final Auckland WTA tournament final. "I dont believe she has an injury," Hobart tournament director Mark Handley said. "I just think that shes played a lot of tough, close matches over in Auckland and in the lead-up to a first Grand Slam (of the season) shes not taking any chances." Williams was planning to use the Hobart event as final preparations for the Australian Open which begins Jan. 13. She lost in the third round at Melbourne Park last year. The 33-year-old Williams lost 6-2 5-7, 6-4, to Ana Ivanovic at Auckland on Saturday. It was Williams first final since winning her 44th career title at Luxembourg in October 2012. The seven-time Grand Slam champions ranking has fallen to 47th as she has battled injuries and Sjogrens syndrome, a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease, over the past two years. Stephens first injured her wrist at the Hopman Cup team event on Friday and said scans might indicate she needed to take week off before the Australian Open. "I was having some pain in my wrist and the doctor recommended I not play this week," the 12th-ranked Stephens said. Gael Monfils also withdrew Sunday from the Heineken Open ATP event at Auckland, citing fatigue. Monfils lost in the final of the Qatar Open at Doha to Rafael Nadal on Saturday. The Sydney International had its first upset Sunday when American Madison Keys beat seventh-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-4. Third-seeded Sara Errani beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-2 another first-round match. Agnieszka Radwanka of Poland is the No. 1 womens seed at Sydney and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is No. 2, and both have first-round byes. Former No. 1 and sixth-seeded Caroline Woznicacki, playing her first match since becoming engaged to golfer Rory McIlory last week, faces a qualifer in the first round. Juan Martin del Potro is No. 1 seed on the mens side and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland is No. 2, also both with first-round byes. Defending champion Bernard Tomic, who won his first ATP title last year in Sydney before the rest of his season deteriorated into poor results on the court and some controversy off it, plays his first-round match Monday Tomic, with new coach Velimir Zovko, takes on eighth-seeded Marcel Granolliers of Spain. Zovko replaced Tomics father, John, who is serving a one-year suspension from the ATP Tour for assaulting Bernards former hitting partner last May. 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The International Ice Hockey Federation says Pavlovs avoided a two-year sanction because he acted "without significant negligence in failing to verify the safety of the supplements he was taking. Nike Air Force 1 Australia Cheap . -- With the Memphis Grizzlies struggling to find their offensive rhythm, O.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek suffered similar elbow injuries two days apart midway through the 2012 major league season. Over a year later, the paths of both Toronto Blue Jays pitchers continue to converge as they recover from Tommy John surgery. Both right-handers saw action Wednesday night when the triple-A Buffalo Bisons took on the Rochester Red Wings. Hutchison started and allowed two runs over three innings while Drabek, who entered the game in the sixth inning, worked three scoreless frames and was credited with the win as the Bisons prevailed 8-3. The fact that the pair appeared in the same game seemed appropriate since they have shared the same clubhouses quite a bit during the rehab process. Drabek, recovering from his second Tommy John procedure, pitched in eight games with single-A Dunedin before moving on to double-A New Hampshire for a pair of starts. Hutchison made three appearances with Dunedin and two with New Hampshire, all but one of them coming within three days or less of a Drabek appearance for the same team. Hutchison and Drabek have been valuable sources of information for each other about the recovery process. "The first time I got to meet him was last year in spring training," said Drabek, who has a 2.56 earned-run average over 31 2/3 innings in 11 rehab appearances. "We became close since we were younger guys and we could relate to the same things in a way. "I ended up living with him through most of the rehab and got to know him real well." Drabek is quick to recall the dialogue he and Hutchison have shared. "After a surgery like this, theres no reason to come back the first full year and try to be a hero," Drabek said. "I think I did that my first time and it started getting real sore. I had to take a little bit of time off a I still ask him questions about it. If he has the same pain as I do and he finds the right thing to get it done, Id love to do (the same)." Unfortunately, Hutchison hasnt found the same level of sharpness as Drabek, posting a 55.dddddddddddd09 ERA in 23 innings over seven minor league games. "Right now I need to focus on pitching as well as I can," said Hutchison, who has especially struggled in his two triple-A appearances. "Im not real happy with it. Its a matter of being more consistent and executing the way Im able to." Hutchison, who turns 23 next week, lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs in a rehab start for Buffalo last Friday. He was activated by Toronto the next day in order to be optioned to the Bisons. He quickly burned through 72 pitches and had seven of 15 batters reach base on Wednesday. "Too many pitches. I lost it a little bit in the second inning. It was frustrating," Hutchison said. "You have to execute quality pitches and thats what leads to good innings and then good outings. Thats what my focus is." The 25-year old Drabek, on the other hand, faced the minimum nine batters on Wednesday and had only one batter reach base on an error. "Im pretty much back to where I was," Drabek said. "I cant wait to see how it feels at 100 per cent, instead of 98 or whatever it feels like." Either way, the two have come a long way from those fateful June starts last year, when Drabek came out of a start against Washington on the 13th and Hutchison lasted just nine pitches against Philadelphia on the 15th. For now, while the two can ponder the possibility of joining the Blue Jays when active rosters expand in September, they also find themselves with an added role of helping the Bisons make the playoffs. Buffalo trails Rochester by two games in their division race and is half a game back in the hunt for the International Leagues only wild card playoff berth. The season ends on Labour Day weekend. "Every time I take the mound, I try to compete and do the best I can," Hutchison said. Drabek admitted hed rather be pitching for Torontos big league club, but he knows he wont get there overnight. "Right now Im trying to work my way back up and well see how it goes," he said. ' ' '