Wimbledon’s top seeds: Djokovic, Serena
LONDON — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending champion Andy Murray moved up two spots above his ranking to the third seed.
Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was ranked No. 2 but was given the top seeding by the All England Club ahead of top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion who is coming off his ninth French Open title, was seeded No. 2 for the grass-court Grand Slam, which starts on Monday. Last year Murray became the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s title since 1936.
The women’s seedings stuck to the WTA rankings. Five-time champion Williams has the top spot, followed by Li Na, French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer has the No. 4 spot, while Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka moved down two spots from his ranking to the fifth seed.
Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, John Isner and Kei Nishikori round out the top 10.
Williams transferring to UL-Lafayette
LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin announced on Wednesday that Baton Rouge native Brian Williams has transferred to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns after spending the past three seasons at Oklahoma State.
Williams, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward who played at Glen Oaks High, will have one season of eligibility remaining and be able to play immediately for the Cajuns after earning his degree last month from OSU.
“We’re excited to have Brian enrolled in school and become a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns,” Marlin said. “He gives us an athletic wing player with size and has played at a high level for the past three years.”
As a junior at OSU he averaging 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Jolly, Thompson named golf All-Americans
After leading LSU to the NCAA semifinals of match play and a tie for third place in team play at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, juniors Stewart Jolly and Curtis Thompson have earned Golfweek All-American honors.
Jolly made the third team of Golfweek’s All-America team.
Thompson also earned Golfweek honorable mention status as a sophomore.
LSU’s Myles qualifes for British Amateur
LSU junior golfer Myles Lewis has qualified for match play at The R&A’s 119th Amateur Championship to be held at Royal Portrush and Portstewart in Portrush, Ireland.
Lewis opened with a 1-over par 71 in the first round at Royal Portrush on Monday and followed with a 2-over 72 in the second round at Portstewart on Tuesday to tie for 35th place in a field of 288 players with a 3-over par 143.
Lewis’ seeding and opponent in the 64-man match play tournament at have yet to be determined.
Lady Tigers’ Sagstrom named All-American
LSU women’s golfer Madelene Sagstrom was named an honorable mention All-America selection by Golfweek Magazine.
Sagstrom led the team in stroke average at 73.28 for 29 rounds as LSU advanced to the NCAA Regional round in the postseason. Sagstrom won the Schooner Classic in the fall and then lost in a playoff for the championship in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
Running back Walters transferring to La. Tech
RUSTON — Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz announced the addition of running back Tywun Walters to the program’s list of newcomers for the 2014 season.
Walters, a 5-foot-11, 218-pound tailback from Marks, Mississippi, will be a freshman when he reports for camp in August.
He graduated from M.S. Palmer High School where he was a first team all-state running back his senior season as he ran for 1,680 yards. He piled up 5,870 yards and 268 points in his career.
Clark, Covington picked for Jr. Olympics team
A pair of outgoing LSU Eunice softball sophomores will play together this summer, as Brooklynn Clark and Codi Covington were two of the 16 players selected to play for the USA Junior Olympic Softball Team in the 2014 Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship next month.
The tournament will feature National Teams, International Club Teams, and North American Club Teams, while each team will compete in a minimum of seven games July 12-21 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
Clark, the 2014 National Tournament MVP, and Covington, the 2013 National Tournament MVP, helped lead the Lady Bengals to back-to-back NJCAA National Championships and will continue their collegiate careers at NAIA school LSU Alexandria in the fall.
This spring, the pair were both named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 team and were also both named as NFCA All-Americans.
Compiled from The Associated Press and news releases
Powell, Simpson free to compete pending appeals
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are free to compete again pending the outcome of their doping appeals.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday upheld the application for a “stay of the execution” of the 18-month suspensions imposed on Powell and Simpson by Jamaica’s anti-doping disciplinary panel.
“The athletes are free to compete from now on but may have to serve the remaining part of their ban later if the sanction is eventually confirmed by CAS,” the court said in a statement.
Powell, a former world record-holder in the 100 meters, and three-time Olympic medalist Simpson tested positive for Oxilofrine at Jamaica’s national trials last June.
The Jamaican panel announced the 18-month sanctions in April, with the start of the suspensions backdated to June 21, 2013.
Both runners appealed to CAS, contending the offense was “minor” and asking for the suspensions to be cut to three months.
CAS said a hearing has been set for July 7-8.