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TENNIS Davenport Returning To Action JAKARTA, Indonesia - Lindsay Davenport will return to singles for the first time in a year at a September tournament in Bali, with plans for a limited schedule in 2008 leading to the Olympics. Davenport, who gave birth to a son in June, is scheduled to play Sept. 10, organizers of the Wismilak International said Tuesday.
Davenport, a former No. 1 player, recently announced she would play doubles with Lisa Raymond at the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn., in August. She has not competed on the WTA Tour since reaching the Beijing quarterfinals in September 2006. Davenport probably will play more singles events this fall after Bali and enter several bigger tournaments next year, said her agent, Tony Godsick. The plan is to stick to a limited schedule in 2008 and focus on the Beijing Games, he said. LEGG MASON: At Washington, D.C., Andy Roddick advanced to the third round by beating Tomas Zib 6-4, 6-2. PRO HOCKEY Businessmen Set To Buy Predators NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The local group of businessmen bidding to buy the Predators and keep them in Nashville are close enough to finalizing their offer that a letter-of-intent giving the group exclusive negotiating rights could be signed today. The businessmen working with Predators owner Craig Leipold would like to complete the purchase before the season starts in October. Asked Tuesday if the group was close to finishing up paperwork, Herb Fritch, chief executive officer of HealthSpring Inc., and a member of the local group, said they're near the letter-of-intent stage. RANGERS: Avoided another potentially contentious arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms with forward Marcel Hossa on a one-year contract worth $780,000. Hossa and the Rangers were scheduled to meet with an arbitrator this week but reached a deal ahead of time, getting the last of their restricted free agents under contract. CRIME Driver OK After Attempted Mugging INDIANAPOLIS - Steve Wallace, 19-year-old son of ESPN announcer and former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace, suffered minor cuts and bruises in an attempted mugging after the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The younger Wallace was attacked Sunday by at least three people outside a convenience store following the race, according to a statement on Rusty Wallace's Web site Tuesday. Steve Wallace, who was 17th in the Kroger 200 Busch race Saturday night at nearby O'Reilly Raceway Park, remained in Indianapolis to watch the Nextel Cup race Sunday. Steve Wallace said the men jumped him as he left the store and tried to take a wrist watch he received from a sponsor after his second career pole position at Nashville Superspeedway in June. The robbery attempt was unsuccessful and one of the suspects was caught later that night, the team said. COLLEGE FOOTBALL USF Home Game Tickets On Sale Today TAMPA - University of South Florida individual football game tickets for the Bulls' home games will go on sale this morning at 7:30. Individual tickets ($31, $26 and $20 plus a service charge) can be purchased at the Sun Dome ticket office, at GoUSFBulls.com, Ticket master.com, regular Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-GoBulls. Special season tickets are also available. ELSEWHERE ESPN2 To Air Beckham's MLS Debut NEW YORK - David Beckham's potential debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer game has been picked up by ESPN2. The network will televise Sunday's match at Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. Beckham has been sidelined by a left ankle injury, and his status for Sunday's game has yet to be determined. ARENAFOOTBALL2: Kerry Brown, 35, an assistant coach for the Green Bay Blizzard, died after his truck ran into a ditch in Kaukauna, Wis. BOXING: The Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright fight in Las Vegas on July 21 generated 305,000 pay-per-view buys and a $15.3 million of revenue, making it the second-highest performing PPV fight in 2007. OBITUARY: Giuseppe Baldo, 93, the last survivor of Italy's team that won the gold medal in soccer at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, died in Rome of natural causes. PREPS: Crescent City senior Toshmon Stevens has verbally committed to play football at Florida State, the 15th verbal commitment the Seminoles have received for their 2008 recruiting class. A 6-foot-5, 200-pound two-way starter, Stevens is expected to be a defensive end or tight end in college. A Tribune staff, wire report
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