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SERENA WILLIAMS ON US FED CUP TEAM; VENUS IS NOT: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams is on the U.S. Fed Cup roster for matches against Ukraine on April 21-22, but her sister Venus is not.

"She just played Miami and Charleston, so she's trying to gauge now her recovery, how much she can play," U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez said Wednesday about Venus. "She's, I believe, planning on playing a couple of tournaments now before the French Open."

Venus recently returned to action after being sidelined for more than six months. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome.

Joining Serena, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, on the team picked by Fernandez were Christina McHale, Sloane Stephens, and Liezel Huber.


JANKOVIC ADVANCES TO 2ND ROUND IN COPENHAGEN: COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia defeated Laura Robson of Britain 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Wednesday to reach the second round of the e-Boks Open.

Jankovic lost her serve five times but managed six breaks, and will face Russia's Yulia Putintseva. Fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski also advanced by defeating Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4.


WOODS TO PLAY AT QUAIL HOLLOW IN EARLY MAY: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods is taking a three-week break before returning to golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods announced Wednesday he will resume an up-and-down season May 3-6 at Quail Hollow, where he won in 2007. He also committed to The Players Championship the following week. A year ago, he injured his left Achilles tendon and withdrew after nine holes at TPC Sawgrass. Woods missed the next three months.

But first, a rest.

"I'm going to take some time off and not look at the clubs for a while, and then get back after it," Woods said on his website.

In his last three tournaments, Woods withdrew in the middle of the final round at Doral with a sore Achilles tendon, won at Bay Hill for his first PGA Tour title in 30 months and tied for 40th at the Masters, his worst 72-hole position in any major as a pro.


VEGAS PREP STAR SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD PICKS UCLA: LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the nation's top high school basketball players is headed to UCLA.

Shabazz Muhammad announced Wednesday he would play for the Bruins next year.

The 6-foot-6 highly recruited wing had narrowed his list of finalists to include Kentucky and Duke.

Muhammad is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas but trimmed the hometown UNLV Runnin' Rebels and Kansas from his list in recent days.



PROSECUTORS SUBMIT EXHIBITS FOR CLEMENS TRIAL: WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have submitted hundreds of exhibits for the upcoming trial of former pitcher Roger Clemens, who is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.

The exhibits include gauze pads, needles, cotton balls and Kleenex. Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, who will testify at the trial, has said he used those items to inject Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. They also include a beer can and FedEx box belonging to McNamee. The former trainer has said he used those to store the medical waste for years

Other exhibits include excerpts from depositions of Clemens and a video of the hearing he testified at before Congress, team photos of teams he played for and DNA samples and reports.