Robson beats Venus Williams at Rome, will play Serena Williams in second round

Laura Robson overcame strong winds to beat Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2 at the Italian Open in Rome on Monday, setting up a second-round match with her top-ranked sister, Serena Williams.

Both players struggled with the wind at the Foro Italico, with Robson hitting eight double-faults and Venus six, although Venus’ errors came at more inopportune times, notably two double-faults in the final game.

Robson, who at No. 39 is ranked 15 spots below Venus, is a former Wimbledon junior champion from Britain.

Serena, who won the Madrid Open on Sunday, watched from the stands.

CASE CONTINUED: The court matter involving the father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been adjourned until October after the man he allegedly assaulted declined to return for a scheduled hearing.

John Tomic was charged with assault after allegedly head-butting his son’s hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, outside a hotel during the Madrid Open.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City fired Manager Roberto Mancini after conceding the Premier League title to Manchester United and ending the season without a trophy.

Mancini is departing after less than four years in charge. He ended the club’s 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in 2011 and in 2012 led the team to its first league title in 44 years.

FRENCH LEAGUE: Paris Saint-Germain’s celebrations for winning the French league title were cut short following violent scenes in which fans fought with riot police.

Several fans were treated for minor injuries. Fans also clashed among themselves while store and car windows were smashed near the Champs Elysees.


NFL: The Arizona Cardinals signed second-round pick Kevin Minter and released quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Arizona also signed center Adam Bice and quarterback Caleb TerBush.

The Chicago Bears signed receiver Demetrius Fields along with defensive tackles Corvey Irvin and Christian Tupou while reaching a contract agreement with cornerback Maurice Jones.

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch thinks Tim Tebow’s time with the Jets was a mistake.

Tisch told TMZ in a video posted on its website that Tebow going to the Jets last offseason from Denver was “not in anybody’s best interest.”

Tisch said he felt “badly for the guy,” and if any team other than the Jets had acquired him “maybe he’d have a career.”


FOOTBALL: Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alexander Lewis face assault charges in Boulder, Colo., after witnesses said another man was knocked unconscious when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall and both men pushed the victim to the ground and punched him.

–From news services


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