Sports briefs: John Isner advances in Hall of Fame tennis tournament
Tennis • Top-seeded John Isner advanced to the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Boston with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory Tuesday over fellow American Wayne Odesnik.
The 6-foot-10 Isner rode his powerful serve, at one point topping 137 mph. He had 19 aces and only two double-faults.
The highest-ranked American at No. 12 this week, he was a two-time champion on Newport’s grass courts in 2011 and 2012.
Defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France, the No. 4 seed, defeated Facundo Arguello of Argentina, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
The 29-year-old Isner is the No. 1 seed at Newport for the third time in four years.
• The ATP has announced that Turkey will host its first-ever tour event, the Istanbul Open, in 2015.
The clay-court event will take place from April 27-May 3, a week before the Madrid Open.
It will be held at the Koza World of Sports, billed as the largest tennis academy in the world, with 63 indoor and outdoor courts. The center court has a retractable roof.
ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode says, "This incredible new facility in Istanbul will make a wonderful addition to the many remarkable venues that feature on the ATP World Tour."
Moore, Delle Donne get top All-Star votes
WNBA • Minnesota star Maya Moore is the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game.
She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker.
Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, earning her second straight trip to the All-Star game. She became the first rookie to lead the league’s All-Star balloting last year, but wasn’t able to play after she suffered a concussion a few days before the game.
Delle Donne is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once for Chicago in the past 10 games.
New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, and Atlanta’s Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry round out the rest of the East starters for the July 19 game in Phoenix.
Chicago booted as choice of sailing host
Sailing • Chicago has been eliminated from contention to host the next America’s Cup, leaving San Diego and Bermuda to fight for the right to hold the final rounds of sailing’s marquee regatta.
The Windy City would have been an intriguing America’s Cup host. But Russell Coutts, CEO of defending champion Oracle Team USA, says the wind on Lake Michigan is too variable.
Coutts hopes to pick the final venue by the end of September.
Blogger hired by Washington quits
NFL • A blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend the team’s name has quit after two weeks.
Ben Tribbett announced his resignation on Twitter late Monday, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction because of personal attacks directed toward him.
From wire reports