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Serena Williams wins gold

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam, winning the most lopsided women's final in Olympic history Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in six matches en route to her first singles gold medal. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago. The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won at the Olympics in 1988 after sweeping all four major titles. Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman. And she's not done in London. Williams and her sister Venus, pursuing their third gold in doubles, were scheduled to play in the semifinals later Saturday. It took the No. 3-seeded Sharapova 45 minutes to win a game, and by then she trailed 6-0, 3-0. Williams dominated with her serve and repeatedly blasted winners from the baseline, taking a big swing with almost every stroke despite gusty conditions on Centre Court. The wind was so strong it blew the U.S. flag off its pole during the medal ceremony. When Sharapova wasn't lunging or whiffing as the ball whizzed past, she was caught off-balance trying to block back shots at her feet. Williams finished with 10 aces, 24 winners and only seven unforced errors. Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam in June by winning the French Open, but Williams beat her for the eighth consecutive time. The most one-sided previous women's final was in 1920, when France's Suzanne Lenglen beat Dorothy Holman of Great Britain, 6-3, 6-0. Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the bronze by beating No. 14-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova's loss allowed Azarenka to retain the No. 1 ranking. Roger Federer will try to complete a career Golden Slam when he plays Andy Murray of Britain in the men's final Sunday. Williams took charge of the final from the start, sweeping the first eight points. The crowd wanted to see a contest and saved its biggest cheers for the rare occasions when Sharapova won a point. There was no giving up by the Russian, one of the most dogged players on the women's tour, but there was no letup from Williams. When she ripped a return winner for a 2-0 lead in the second set, she screamed "Come on!" as if trying to jump-start her game. She had a similar outburst two games later after whacking a winner to erase a break point, one of only two she faced. She was broken just once in the tournament. At 15-15 in the final game, a spectator shouted, "Don't give up, Maria." One point later someone else hollered, "Maria, I still want to marry you." When Williams closed out the victory with her 60th ace of the tournament, she let out a long scream. After shaking hands with Sharapova, Williams hopped a dozen times on the grass she loves, waved and then hopped some more. Williams was still jumping about as she put on her Team USA jacket for the medal ceremony. Then she began to dance.

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LIVE Redskins training camp blog, Day 2

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LIVE Redskins training camp blog, Day 2

RICHMOND--The expected rain seems to be holding off as the Redskins get underway here. Follow along as I live blog from the sideline. Come back and refresh often.

—A lot of special teams work in the early going. Seventh-round pick Josh Harvey-Clemons is doing a lot and paying attention. He’s a long shot to make the 53 in 2017 but he knows that his future chances hinge on special teams contributions.

—Matt Jones is participating in punt protection drills. That should not be news but I noted when he wasn’t participating in special teams in minicamp so I should note it now when he is. 

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Former Wizards guard Brandon Jennings to play in China next season, still hopes for NBA return

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Former Wizards guard Brandon Jennings to play in China next season, still hopes for NBA return

After a brief stint with the Wizards that included their playoff run this spring, point guard Brandon Jennings' next stop will be overseas with a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with China Shanxi, CSN has confirmed. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated first reported the news.

Jennings, 27, appeared in 36 total games for the Wizards including the postseason. He signed as a free agent on March 1 after he was waived by the New York Knicks.

Jennings has played eight years in the NBA and for five different teams. He has, however, played overseas before. Before he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, Jennings spent a year with Lottomatica Roma in Italy.

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Jennings was signed by the Wizards as they sought to upgrade their bench late in the season. He had some good moments in Washington as John Wall's backup and will mostly be remembered for his on-court disputes with JaVale McGee and Terry Rozier. He was also a fantastic quote for the media.

The Wizards decided to go in a different direction at backup point guard by trading for Tim Frazier the night before the draft. As Spears notes, Jennings hopes to return to the NBA sometime in the future.

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