Sports briefs: Venus Williams drops out of tournament
Tennis • With the Australian Open just over a week away, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens withdrew from warm-up tournaments on Sunday and another American, John Isner, could soon join them.
Williams, who lost the final of the Auckland WTA tournament on Saturday, pulled out of the Hobart International, informing officials Sunday. "I don't believe she has an injury," tournament director Mark Handley said. "She's played a lot of tough, close matches over in Auckland, and in the lead-up to a first Grand Slam [of the season], she's not taking any chances."
Isner also appeared in doubt for an Auckland ATP tournament, where he is the third-seeded player, after re-injuring his right ankle at the Hopman Cup.
• Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, in Brisbane, Australia.
• Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka regained the Chennai Open title without dropping a set in the tournament when he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 7-5, 6-2 in Chennai, India.
Padres broadcaster Coleman, 89, dies
Baseball • Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday, the San Diego Padres said. He was 89.
Coleman spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster. He managed the team in 1980.
Padres president Mike Dee said Coleman died at a hospital Sunday afternoon.
A family friend told The Associated Press on Sunday night that Coleman had surgery before Christmas for bleeding in the brain. Doctors discovered more bleeding last week and Coleman had more surgery, said the friend.
Finland wins world junior title in OT
Hockey • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to give Finland its third world junior hockey title, 3-2 over Sweden in Malmo, Sweden.
From wire reports
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