Serena Williams' absence from tennis could stretch to almost a year after two new health scares — a blood clot in her lungs followed by a hematoma — have added to her injury woes.
Her agents confirmed Wednesday that Williams was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last week and later needed treatment for a hematoma in a Los Angeles hospital. The 13-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played an official match since winning Wimbledon last July.
Her latest health problems have been "extremely hard, scary and disappointing," Williams said in a statement. "I am doing better. I'm at home now and working with my doctors to keep everything under control. I know I will be OK, but am praying and hoping this will all be behind me soon."
* Former Wichita State men's coach Neil Roush died on Feb. 18 at the age of 71, the university said Wednesday. Roush was living in Marietta, Ga. He was a Pratt native who played at the University of Wichita from 1960-62, where he was 54-5 and a consolation singles champion in the 1962 NCAA Tournament. He coached at WSU from 1963-66 and was also sports information director from 1962-65.
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Newman's Philicia Kelly was chosen co-Player of the Year in the Heartland Conference. Kelly, a junior, led the Jets in scoring, averaging 16.8 points, and grabbed 5.5 rebounds. Newman's Tasha Cannon (15.2 points, 8.8 rebounds) was chosen Heartland newcomer of the year, and both players were All-Heartland picks.
* Newman seniors Keaton Schultz and Chip Steven were All-Heartland Conference selections. Schultz, from Neodesha, averaged a team-best 13.5 points. Steven, from Derby, averaged 11.7 points.
* NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant was helped off the court after spraining his left ankle during the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 113-89 win over the Indiana Pacers. Durant collided with Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough on a drive to the basket and stayed in to hit his two free throws before leaving the game. He scored 21 points and the Thunder snapped its first three-game losing streak of the season.
* Rookie guard Xavier Henry of the Memphis Grizzlies will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks as he continues rehabilitating a right knee sprain. Henry, who played one season at Kansas, has missed 12 games this season, including the last four, because of knee soreness. He is averaging 4.3 points in 13.9 minutes.
* George Hill tied a season high with 22 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cavaliers 109-99 to become the first NBA team to reach 50 wins.... Kevin Love had 20 points and 20 rebounds in Minnesota's 116-105 win over Detroit. Love's double-double was his 48th in a row, the longest streak since Moses Malone's 51 straight games in 1978-79.... Al Horford matched his career high with 31 points, including a jam with 29 seconds remaining to give the Atlanta Hawks their first lead of the game in an 83-80 win over Chicago. The Bulls had a 19-point lead in the second quarter.... Kevin Garnett scored 28 points with 11 rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 16 and 13 in Boston's 115-103 win over Phoenix.
The St. Louis Cardinals expect Chris Carpenter to miss at least one spring start even though the right-hander's strained left hamstring is feeling better. "It's better than it was (Tuesday)," Carpenter said. "It's still there a little bit. They will treat it and see what happens." Carpenter left St. Louis' 7-1 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday after feeling a "tweak" in his hamstring.
Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pro Bowl quarterback was designated as the team's franchise player Feb. 15. He signed the franchise tender Wednesday. Under rules of the collective bargaining agreement that expires at midnight, a team must pay a franchise player the average of the top five salaries at his position. Vick would make an estimated $20 million under this tag.
* The Green Bay Packers released linebacker A.J. Hawk a former first-round pick who was scheduled to earn $10 million in 2011. Hawk was the fifth overall pick of the 2006 draft, playing in all 80 regular-season games since then with 77 starts. General manager Ted Thompson said that the business side of the game drove the decision to release Hawk and that they are hopeful he'll return to the team.
Mikhail Grabovski scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toronto improved to 9-2-4 since the All-Star break and moved within four points of eighth-place Carolina in the Eastern Conference.... Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth winning goal in the last 11 games and New Jersey beat Tampa Bay 2-1. The Devils won for the 18th time in 22 games and moved past Florida into 12th place in the East, nine points behind Carolina.