Sharapova Withdraws From U.S. Open
New York — Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced the 2006 champion’s withdrawal.
Sharapova has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
Sharapova originally was seeded third at the U.S. Open. The USTA said 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanksa would shift from No. 4 to No. 3, and all other seeded players below her would move up a spot, too.
The USTA said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova would become the No. 32 seed.
The draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament is today. Play begins Monday.
Sharapova’s surprising exit caps a tumultuous couple of weeks for the four-time major title winner and former No. 1 player.
The Russian was sidelined by a hip injury after Wimbledon. Then she hired Jimmy Connors as her coach, an arrangement that lasted all of one match, a loss.
Sharapova last skipped the U.S. Open in 2008, when she was off the tour for about 10 months because of surgery on her right shoulder.
She won her first major title since that operation at last year’s French Open, completing a career Grand Slam.
From U.S. Open
New York — Former top-10 player Mardy Fish pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, the latest setback in his bid to make a comeback on tour after dealing with heart issues.
The U.S. Tennis Association said the 31-year-old American cited “personal reasons” for his withdrawal. The draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday, and play begins Monday.
Fish’s Twitter feed carried this message Wednesday: “Friends, unfortunately my health won’t allow me to compete this year at the US Open. Thank you for all your support.”
He has missed months of action at a time over the past two seasons. On Tuesday, Fish stopped playing in the third set of his match against Jarkko Nieminen at a hard-court tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., because of heat stroke.
C’s Add Assistants
Boston — The Boston Celtics have filled out new coach Brad Stevens’ staff.
The team says that former Celtics forward Walter McCarty will return as an assistant coach. Also joining the team are Ron Adams and Micah Shrewsberry. Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga had already been in position.
Adams spent the last three seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Shrewsberry spent three seasons as an assistant at Purdue and worked with Stevens at Butler. McCarty worked for the Celtics as a community relations consultant last season. He had been a member of Jim O’Brien’s coaching staff with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season and spent three seasons at Louisville as an assistant.
McCarty played 10 seasons in the NBA before he retired in 2006.
NBA Union Elects President
Las Vegas — Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been elected president of the NBA players’ association.
The vote Wednesday came six months after the players fired Billy Hunter as executive director.
Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Derek Fisher, the former union president, of conspiring with league officials during the 2011 lockout.
Cards Sign Kicker
Glendale, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team’s kicker.
Carpenter was released by the Miami Dolphins a week ago. He signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and, coincidentally, took Feely’s job away from him there that season.
Steelers RB Out
Pittsburgh — Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is getting a second opinion on his sprained right foot and will miss Saturday night’s preseason game against Kansas City.
The Steelers took Bell 42nd overall in the draft last April, hoping he could become the feature back the team needed after Rashard Mendenhall left in free agency. Bell is competing with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting job.
Kyle Busch Wins Truck Race
Bristol, Tenn. — Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway for his record 14th overall victory on the high-banked, 0.533-mile oval.
The Sprint Cup driver took fresh tires with 16 laps to go, passed Ryan Blaney for the lead with six laps left and held off Timothy Peters in a race to the finish that ended with Peters crashing on the frontstretch.
Busch broke a tie with Darrell Waltrip for the NASCAR track victory record. Busch has four victories at the track in the Truck Series, five in Sprint Cup and five in the Nationwide Series.
The victory was his third in eight Truck starts this season and pushed his career total to 33.