Hingis to enter International Tennis Hall of Fame
NEW YORK — Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The other new members of the Hall announced Monday are Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long’s election was announced earlier.
Hingis won 15 major titles, including nine in women’s doubles and one in mixed. The first came at Wimbledon in women’s doubles in 1996 at 15 years, 9 months, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion in tennis history.
The Swiss star also was the youngest woman to reach No. 1 in the WTA singles rankings, getting there in March 1997 at 16½, and spent a total of 209 weeks in the top spot. Hingis spent 35 weeks at No. 1 in doubles, too.
B10 trial balloon: Fall baseball games that count
The Big Ten is measuring support for a proposal that would give baseball teams the option of playing nonconference games in the fall that would count toward determining the NCAA tournament field the following spring.
Big Ten coaches voted to continue studying the possibility, and deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said Monday the conference is in the process of explaining the concept to coaches across the country.
Traviolia wrote in an email to The Associated Press that he couldn’t predict when, or if, the conference would submit the proposal to the NCAA legislative process.
Michael Jordan wants paternity lawsuit dismissed
ATLANTA — Basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court on Monday to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system.”
Jordan’s lawyer, John Mayoue, said in a document filed in Fulton County Superior Court that the six-time NBA champion is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith’s 16-year-old son. The paternity of the teen was “conclusively established” in divorce filings between Smith and her ex-husband, Jordan’s attorney wrote.
Schilling seeks dismissal of suit over 38 Studios
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling asked a Rhode Island judge to dismiss a state economic development agency’s lawsuit over its $75 million loan guarantee for his now-defunct video game company, calling claims he and fellow executives misled the agency “implausible.”
Attorneys representing Schilling and others at his former startup, 38 Studios, on Friday filed documents asking Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein to throw out the lawsuit alleging fraud, racketeering and conspiracy. The company filed for bankruptcy in June, and Rhode Island is now likely on the hook for some $100 million, when interest is factored in.
By wire sources