Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men.

Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem and Djokovic said his left wrist was sore.

Williams could have been overtaken atop the WTA rankings by No. 2 Angelique Kerber but stayed at No. 1 this week. The U.S. Tennis Association adhered to the men’s and women’s rankings in announcing the seedings Tuesday.

CONNECTICUT OPEN: Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who upset Venus Williams in the Olympics, beat Belinda Bencic 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round at New Haven.


WIFE SENTENCED: The wife of David Laut, a 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in the shot put, is facing life in prison for killing him in 2009 – a shooting she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.

The Ventura County Star reported that Jane Laut was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life, one for first-degree murder and the other for using a gun in the killing. They were married for 29 years.


DAILY WEBSITES: Daily fantasy sports websites that were shut down in Nevada because they didn’t have gambling licenses want to get back in the game, but officials who set policy for Las Vegas aren’t impressed.

Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo said he likes daily fantasy sports but “Nevada is the gold standard … there’s just not an appetite for ‘regulation light’ or ‘regulation not at all.'”


LITTLE LEAGUE: Kaiden Dinh hit a walk-off single and Johnston, Iowa, rallied past Warwick, Rhode Island, 3-2 in an elimination game of the World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Miles Risley led off the bottom of the sixth inning by reaching on an error and Michael Siemer blooped a single into right field to put runners on the corners with one out. Then Jack Emanuel walked to load the bases.

 Clayton Campbell struck out 14 as Australia beat Curacao 2-1 in an elimination game.

 Victor Juarez and three relievers combined to allow one hit and no earned runs as Mexico beat Canada 7-1 in an elimination game.


LESNAR SUSPENSION: Nevada athletic regulators extended a temporary suspension of UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar pending a hearing on his failure of drug doping tests at UFC 200 last month.

State Athletic Commission officials said the move came after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found violations of UFC drug policy in June and at Lesnar’s July 9 fight against Mark Hunt.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Roma failed to reach the group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff.

Monaco beat Villarreal 1-0 to advance to the 32-team group-stage draw following a 3-1 aggregate victory. Celtic also squeezed through despite a 2-0 loss to Hapoel Beer Sheva, after winning the first leg, 5-2.

– News service report