V. Williams's winning new outfit at French Open (Photos)

The French Open tennis tournament, the second of the Grand Slam tournaments, is held over two weeks from late May to June at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.
Monday, May 24, 2010


(Photos of Venus Williams' outfit and other highlights at the French Open)

Whistles and whispers circulated through the stands at Court Suzanne Lenglen in Paris on Sunday, a reaction brought about not by Venus Williams's play at the French Open, but rather by her outfit.

With a lacy, black overlay giving it the illusion of being see-through, and bright red trim on the bodice, Williams's corset-like outfit made her look as if she were ready to perform in a 19th century Parisian cancan chorus line. Her game, a mix of power and footwork on this day, was very 21st century, and befitting a star of the show.

The red clay of Roland Garros never has been Williams's best stage -- her seven Grand Slam titles have all come at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. At this year's French Open, she is assured of at least one more performance, thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over former top-10 player Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the first round.


Cottle resigns as Terps coach after 9 seasons

University of Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle resigned on Sunday after nine seasons at the school, Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in a statement.

Maryland finished the year 12-4 following a 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday.

"I have decided to step aside as the head coach at the University of Maryland," Cottle said. "First of all, I would like to thank [U-Md. President C. Dan Mote Jr.] and Dr. Yow for the opportunity to coach at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I have enjoyed my nine years at Maryland, where we made eight NCAA tournament appearances, three Final Fours and won two ACC championships. This past year I enjoyed coaching this team as much as any team I have ever been around."

During the past nine seasons, Maryland compiled a record of 99-45 (.688). The 99 victories are the sixth most of any Division I men's lacrosse program during that time period.

-- Christian Swezey


Jason Day won the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Tex., despite having to fight through a rocky final round for a 2-over-par 72.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth, a 16-year-old, finished in a tie for 16th. He shot a 72 in the final round and his 4-under 276 total was six strokes behind Day. . . .

Sun Young Yoo won the Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J., for her first LPGA Tour victory, beating Angela Stanford 3 and 1.


If LeBron James isn't sure he can win in Cleveland, President Obama thinks there's an opportunity with his hometown Chicago Bulls.

"You know, like I said, I don't want to meddle," Obama told TNT. "I will say this: [Derrick] Rose, Joakim Noah, it's a pretty good core. You know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there."

President Obama was interviewed by Marv Albert on the White House basketball court. The interview will be shown Tuesday night.


The Czech Republic captured the hockey world championship in Cologne, Germany, ending Russia's 27-game tournament winning streak with a 2-1 victory. Jakub Klepis gave the Czechs the lead just 20 seconds in, and captain Tomas Rolinek made it 2-0 with less than two minutes left in the second period. . . .

NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr., and his son, Bill Jr., joined Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the first class of NASCAR Hall of Famers in Charlotte. . . .

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to 44 governors urging them to pass a law similar to one in Washington state that protects young athletes from concussions.

-- From news services

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