Isner serves notice he’s healthy, beats Harrison in first round at Newport, R.I.

Two-time defending champ John Isner defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (0), 6-2 on Monday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at Newport, R.I.

Isner used his big serve to win his 11th straight match on Newport’s grass courts.

Isner, 28, showed no effects from a left knee injury that forced him to retire from his second-round match at Wimbledon.

ITALIACOM OPEN: Top-seeded Sara Errani bounced back from her first-round upset by Monica Puig at Wimbledon by routing 141st-ranked American Julia Cohen 6-0, 6-1 at Palermo, Sicily.

MERCEDES CUP: Eighth-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia beat Albert Montanes of Spain 6-2, 6-3 to reach the second round at Stuttgart, Germany.

Klizan’s win sets up a meeting with another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (4).

SWEDISH OPEN: Carlos Berlocq beat Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Argentine match in the first round at Bastad, Sweden.


SPAIN: Atletico Madrid reached a deal with Barcelona to sign Spain striker David Villa. Barcelona said on its website the deal is worth up to $6.6 million, with $2.7 million due this season.

Villa scored 48 goals for Barcelona in 119 games since joining the Spanish giant in 2010, but he was likely to see his playing time diminish with the arrival of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

GOLD CUP: Kenwyne Jones scored in the 72nd minute to give Trinidad and Tobago a 2-2 tie with El Salvador in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Harrison, N.J.

REFEREE DEATH: Police in the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao are searching for two men suspected of taking part in the slaying and beheading of an amateur soccer referee who fatally stabbed a player after that player had attacked him over a red card during the match.

Official said one suspect is in custody in connection with the June 30 slaying of 20-year-old referee Otavio Jordao da Silva in the town of Centro do Meio.


FOOTBALL: LSU running back Jeremy Hill and another man were formally charged in connection with a misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot. Hill, LSU’s leading rusher last season, is already on probation stemming from his 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

LSU Coach Les Miles suspended Hill pending the outcome of the case.


WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and is likely out for the season after playing just one game.

The seven-time All-Star missed San Antonio’s first 10 games with a broken finger and played 12 minutes against Los Angeles on Saturday before getting hurt.

Hammon went down near the baseline midway through the second quarter and was carried off the court.

The team said in a news release that Hammon will have surgery this week and a timetable for the 36-year-old’s return will be determined after she starts rehab.

Hammon was second in the WNBA in assists last season with 176 and 3-pointers with 80.


BRITISH OPEN: John Daly withdrew from the tournament because he will have surgery on his right elbow this week, ending his PGA Tour season.

Daly said he noticed something wrong with his right elbow at the Byron Nelson Championship in May, and tests revealed a torn tendon. Daly said doctors told him he could play as long as he didn’t hit a rock or a tree root.

–From news service reports


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