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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Ninth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany rallied to win her first-round match and American Venus Williams breezed into the second round Monday at the $2.369 million Western & Southern Open tennis event. Kerber, last years finalist, disposed of Italian Karin Knapp, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-1. Williams, playing in only her second event since a first-round loss at the French Open, carved up a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova. Williams has been hampered by a low back injury this year, but she moved into round two in a swift 66 minutes. Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur posted a first-round victory. The 11th-seeded Aussie got past former top-five Russian star and fellow former U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 7-5, on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Stosur was a hardcourt titlist in Carlsbad, Calif., two weeks ago. Italian Roberta Vinci, the No. 12 seed, ousted American wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Meanwhile, 16th-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko outlasted Georgian qualifier Anna Tatishvili, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4). In action involving Americans on Day 1, Sloane Stephens held off Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, qualifier Vania King topped Frances Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4, and wild card Lauren Davis surprised Czech veteran Klara Zakopalova 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-1). Stephens is rewarded with a second-rounder against 2011 champion, 2010 runner-up and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova, while King will meet former top-ranked star Victoria Azarenka in her next outing. Also advancing were qualifiers Marina Erakovic of New Zealand and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, Russian Alisa Kleybanova and Romanian Simona Halep, who has won three WTA titles since mid June. Up next for Halep will be Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli. This weeks top seed is last weeks Toronto titlist, Serena Williams, whos also the reigning U.S. and French Open champ. Chinas Li Na beat Kerber in last years Western & Southern finale. Li will meet Davis in the round of 32 here. This weeks winner will earn $426,000. The tournament is part of the U.S. Open Series, or the North American hardcourt events that lead up to the U.S. Open, which will commence August 26. Lenny Dykstra Jersey.com) - In the absence of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas had a career night to keep the Houston Rockets winning streak alive. Jeurys Familia Jersey. Team spokesman Donald Beauchamp said there was no new information on the 80-year-old Hall of Famers condition. The family has requested privacy. http://www.metsbaseballauthentic.com/nolan-ryan-mets-jersey/. The Broncos quarterback earned the offensive award Wednesday after passing for 374 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-21 win over the Raiders Monday night. Manning completed 32-of-37 passes and had a passer rating of 135. Gary Carter Jersey. The 21-year-old Wickham headed Sunderland into a 26th-minute lead --to add to the double he scored at Manchester City and his strike in last weekends win at Chelsea -- and then sealed the win with a late header. Keith Hernandez Jersey. - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldnt have been happier on Sunday.Kobe Bryant is ready to cap a busy week by moving past another great on the NBAs career scoring list.Bryant needs just nine points in the Los Angeles Lakers game at Minnesota on Sunday night to surpass Michael Jordan, who is third on the leagues career scoring charts with 32,292 points.Its a huge honour to be here in this position, Bryant said this week. I cant believe Ive scored that many points, especially from where my career started, not playing and things like that. Its a huge honour. It wasnt something I thought about growing up as a kid. It was championships. The numbers arent something Ive ever started out to accomplish.Yet Bryant is poised to add another big number to his five NBA championship rings when the Lakers visit the Timberwolves.The 36-year-old Bryant likely would have surpassed Jordan a year ago, but he has made an impressive return from two major injuries which limited him to six games in an 18-month stretch before the start of this season. He even led the league in scoring until recently, dropping back to third with 25.4 points per game.Bryant stays in regular contact with Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, and has gained insight into the six-time NBA champions longevity.I think were both cursed with the obsession of trying to be the best that we can, Bryant said. Its a blessing and a curse at the same time.Lakers coach Byron Scott was there at Madison Square Garden for Bryants first NBA point when they were teammates in 1996, and he looks forward to witnessing Kobes latest achievement.From my standpoint and knowing Kobe like I do, I know he has an extreme amount of respect for MJ, Scott said. Hes probably the one guy Kobe wants to pass in a number of categories, and I think rings are one of them as well. I think for him, it will be very significant. It puts him in that category of the greatest players ever in this league..dddddddddddd.Bryant scored 22 points in the Lakers overtime victory at San Antonio on Friday night, going 7 for 22 while contributing several big assists down the stretch. He even ceded the biggest shot of the game to teammate Nick Young, who drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left.Bryant is finishing up a week that has included two victories for the struggling Lakers, a headline-grabbing trash-talk performance in practice, and his orchestration of the Lakers decision to wear I Cant Breathe shirts before their win over Sacramento on Tuesday. Bryant also spoke eloquently about the importance of questioning and protesting, citing his platform to affect change as an important aspect of American society.Bryant rarely practices with the Lakers these days while attempting to preserve his 36-year-old body for the 82-game grind, but he joined in an intense scrimmage Thursday before the club left on its road trip.While the media watched, Bryant was captured verbally shredding his teammates with trash talk that made national headlines, but isnt anything out of the ordinary for the competitive guard.Bryant laughed at the attention attracted by his words, saying they were just fun bantering back and forth.Once Bryant passes Jordan, who played parts of 15 seasons, only Karl Malone (36,928) and former Lakers centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) will be above him on the NBAs career list.Bryant is early in his 19th NBA season. He doesnt know whether hell play after his current contract expires following next season, although Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak suspects Bryant will retire.If surpassing Jordans career points total is Bryants final milestone on his rise, hell be grateful to sit alongside one of his heroes.Its not like a distraction or anything, Bryant said. Its not like its (not) going to happen. I just take it all in stride. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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