Clijsters withdraws from Wimbledon with foot injury

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from Wimbledon on Wednesday because of a foot injury, leaving the women’s field more wide open.

Clijsters, who was seeded No. 2, said she had to pull out of the grass-court Grand Slam after injuring her right foot at the Unicef Open in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

“At this moment I feel frustrated that it has to happen now before one of my favorite tournaments,” Clijsters said in a statement. “I’ve always enjoyed being a part of the Wimbledon atmosphere but I have no other choice now but to rest, recover and to not play tennis for a few weeks.”

AEGON INTERNATIONAL: Serena Williams’ comeback tournament at Eastbourne, England, ended in the second round with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 loss to top-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

UNICEF OPEN: Yanina Wickmayer overcame being hit in the face with the ball to defeat Arantxa Parra Santonja 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-5 in En Bosch, Netherlands. The ball ricocheted off Wickmayer’s racket frame and hit near her left eye during a backhand service return when she was leading 2-1 in the second set.


JUNIOR LEGION: Ryan Mucci scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the seventh as Falmouth edged Scarborough 6-5 in the opener at Falmouth. Aiden Murphy tripled and scored a run for Falmouth. Jake Grade and Cal Inlow each added a pair of hits.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Andrew Guay scored on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth inning to lift Aero Heating to a 1-0 win over Lenders Network in the season opener at Cumberland. Nick Whitaker, Ryan Yates and Tyler Laverriere combined to throw a no-hitter and strike out 10 batters in the loss for Lenders Network. Kevin Chamberlain, John Medici, Tom Bowden and Mike Collar pitched for Aero and allowed a total of four hits while striking out eight.

NECBL: Nick LaCroix scored on a sacrifice fly from Jose Toralba as the Mainers (3-1) defeated the Navigators 2-1 (3-3) in the bottom of ninth at Sanford.

• Tim Kiene went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI to lead the Newport Gulls (2-2) to a 7-2 win over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (1-2) at Newport, R.I.


NHL: The Dallas Stars agreed to hire Glen Gulutzan as their next coach. A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the deal is pending contract details being worked out. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club had not announced the hiring. Gulutzan has coached the club’s top minor-league affiliate the last two seasons, reaching the finals in 2010 and the playoffs again this past season.

• The Blues re-signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year, $3.9 million extension.

The 23-year-old Sobotka would have been a restricted free agent on July 1. He joins teammates Patrik Berglund, Roman Polak and Nikita Nikitin as players who signed before becoming restricted free agents. The club also re-signed forwards T.J. Hensick and Chris Porter, who would have been unrestricted free agents.

• The Blackhawks extended senior advisor of hockey operations Scotty Bowman’s contract and promoted Marc Bergevin to assistant general manager. Bowman joined the Blackhawks in 2008. His son, Stan, is the team’s general manager.


NBA: Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson was arrested for public intoxication. Police in suburban Irving say Stevenson was arrested Tuesday night after reports of an intoxicated person walking through the grounds of an apartment complex. Police say Stevenson didn’t know where he was and he was arrested after field sobriety tests. He was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting bail.

• Getting in position to try and keep Mario Chalmers has become the first personnel move of the Miami Heat offseason. As expected, the Heat extended a qualifying offer Wednesday to Chalmers, making him a restricted free agent and giving Miami the right to match any contract he receives over the summer.


NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners met with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland to try and work out a new labor deal. The two sides released a joint statement once talks concluded for the day, saying that U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan oversaw the discussions.