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Sharapova's return ends in semifinal defeat to Mladenovic

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova's first tournament since her controversial return to tennis ended Saturday after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals. Mladenovic beat former top-ranked Sharapova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. In her fourth match following a 15-month doping ban, the Russian was left to rue missing 13 of her 16 break-point opportunities as Mladenovic rallied to win in 2 hours, 38 minutes.

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Sharapova wins again, reaches semifinals at Porsche GP

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova won again to move into the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals after beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. In her third match following a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova converted five of her six break points. "I'm really enjoying myself," she said. The five-time Grand Slam champion will next face Kristina Mladenovic of France, who overcame Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

Nastase responds to backlash about Serena Williams comments

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were "spontaneous" and his tirade inexcusable. The 70-year-old tennis Nastase posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby Williams is expecting. "At the press conference I was asked what opinion I had about Serena being pregnant.

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Bouchard: 'Cheater' Sharapova should be banned for life

ISTANBUL (AP) -- If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian's return from a 15-month doping suspension. Sharapova has already been slammed by other players who are unhappy that the five-time Grand Slam champion has been given wild-card entries to some tournaments.

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NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Rockets take out Westbrook, Thunder UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons.

Oops! Serena Williams made pregnancy public by accident

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Serena Williams says she was taking a personal photo of her progressing pregnancy on Snapchat when she accidentally pressed the wrong button and made the post public. The photo of the tennis superstar in a one piece bathing suit was captioned "20 weeks." Despite the lack of information, it immediately made headlines around the world last week. Her publicist later confirmed the pregnancy to The Associated Press.

Sharapova wins 1st match on return from 15-month doping ban

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Looking relieved, Maria Sharapova went through her familiar routine of waving to the crowd and blowing kisses after winning her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Halep, Cornet give Sharapova wild-card debate new impetus

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- A day before Maria Sharapova was to play her first tennis match since being banned for doping, the debate about the Russian's wild-card entry for the Porsche Grand Prix continued Tuesday. Simona Halep and Alize Cornet joined the growing legion of players criticizing tournament organizers for offering Sharapova a direct spot in their main draws.

Nastase will be the 'bad boy' if he says more about Williams

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Ilie Nastase said he would be considered the "bad boy" if he says anything more about Serena Williams, and then later said more in a separate interview. Nastase, the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team, last week speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. When asked Tuesday about Williams' response, Nastase told The Associated Press: "Anything I say, I am the bad boy.

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Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase's comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: "It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child." Williams is black.

Serena Williams at No. 1, despite not playing since January

Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not playing a match since January -- and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot Monday from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber. The return to No.

Some questions and answers about Maria Sharapova's return

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Even with eight of the world's top 10 players in the main draw, an unranked rival is grabbing all the headlines at an indoor clay-court event this week. Handed a much-debated wild card, Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours after the end of her 15-month suspension for a doping offense. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No.

Nastase suspended by ITF for hurling abuse during Fed Cup

LONDON (AP) -- Ilie Nastase, the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team, has been provisionally suspended from the competition for abusing players and the umpire during the playoff match against Britain. The International Tennis Federation, which organizes the Fed Cup, said Sunday that Nastase "may not participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with immediate effect.

Siniakova, Vandeweghe win; Czechs tie US in Fed Cup semis

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (AP) -- Katerina Siniakova beat Shelby Rogers in straight sets to bring the defending champion Czech Republic even with the United States at 1-1 in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday. CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-4 in the first match Saturday, giving the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Vandeweghe, who is ranked No.

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