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Serena Williams to Re-Join Washington Kastles Tennis Team

S. WILLIAMS (Andrew Brownbill - AP)
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tennis: Serena Williams Returns to D.C.

Serena Williams, who last weekend claimed her 10th major title by winning the Australian Open, will return to Washington this summer to play for the city's World TeamTennis franchise, the Washington Kastles.

And Venus Williams will also visit Washington to face the Kastles as the marquee player for the Philadelphia Freedom.

Serena's selection as the top pick in the marquee player draft was announced yesterday, and it represents a coup for team owner Mark Ein, who brought the franchise to town last summer.

Other top names visiting Washington this summer include John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova.

As the Kastles' featured player, Serena, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, will play one home match and three on the road. She won't be on the roster when Venus visits the Kastles, so the sisters won't face each other in Washington.

The 2009 season runs July 2-26. Dates of the Kastles' home matches will be announced in February.

Winter Sports: A First for Vonn

American skier Lindsey Vonn won the Super-G at the world championships in Val d'Isere, France, for her first major gold medal. Vonn trailed early starter and local favorite Marie Marchand-Arvier midway down the Rhone-Alpes course but made up time on the Frenchwoman in the technical lower section.

"It's incredible to get my first gold medal. It's what I've worked for all my life," Vonn said. "It's my dream come true."

Vonn has won three races in five days, having taken a World Cup slalom and Super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, over the weekend -- tying Tamara McKinney's American women's record of 18 career victories.

Baseball: O's Nab Wigginton

The Baltimore Orioles and free agent Ty Wigginton reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract. He batted .285 with 23 homers and 58 RBI with the Houston Astros last season. . . . Catcher Javier Valentin and shortstop Alex CintrĂ³n agreed to minor league contracts with the Washington Nationals. . . .

Pitcher Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,675,000, more than seven times his $500,000 salary last season. . . . Former agent Jeff Moorad has reached an agreement for his group to buy the San Diego Padres from majority owner John Moores. . . . Citigroup and the New York Mets said that their $400 million naming rights deal for the team's new stadium is still on, despite a published report that the banking company may be looking to back out.

Miscellaneous: Cable at Last Official

The Oakland Raiders are retaining head coach Tom Cable, officially removing the interim designation from his title more than five weeks after their season ended. . . . Former Buccaneers and Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams was promoted to coordinator of pro scouting for Tampa Bay. . . . San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Jamal Williams was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. . . .

The Seattle Storm waived Sheryl Swoopes, 37, likely ending three-time WNBA MVP's playing career.

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