Serena was at her calmest despite death worry

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The father of tennis great Serena Williams said he thought his daughter was going to die when she was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in March with a blood clot in her lung.

"No chance" of rule change, IAAF chief says

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) – Athletics chief Lamine Diack maintained the hardest of lines on Saturday, telling Reuters there would be no changing or bending of the rules to prevent big names being disqualified.

Judge sets new trial in Clemens perjury case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge on Friday refused to throw out the perjury case against baseball star Roger Clemens over steroid use after a mistrial was declared when prosecutors presented evidence that had been barred.

"Blade Runner" ditched in medal pursuit

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) – Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius was sacrificed in South Africa’s pursuit of a world athletics relay medal, the country’s team leader told Reuters on Friday.

Serena vows to use Venus illness as motivation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three-time champion Serena Williams said Thursday she would turn her concern over sister Venus’s illness into motivation at the U.S. Open after pounding her way into the third round of the year’s last grand slam.

American Simpson springs 1,500 surprise for gold medal

DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) – Former steeplechaser Jenny Simpson summoned a sensational sprint finish to win a surprise gold medal in the women’s 1,500 meters at the world championships on Thursday, taking the title back to the United States for the first time in 28 years.

Rusty Roddick eases through after Russell run-around

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former champion Andy Roddick, who has not spent much time on the court this summer, got a good workout at the U.S. Open on Wednesday in dispatching fellow American Michael Russell 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5.

U.S. Open rocked by Venus shock withdrawal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Venus Williams quit the U.S. Open on Wednesday, revealing that she was suffering from a chronic illness that could threaten her future in the sport.