Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open as she tries to do something she's never done: win a second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.
Williams is a four-time champion at the U.S. Open, including in 2012. Only Chris Evert, with six, and Steffi Graf, with five, have won the tournament more times in the Open era, which began in 1968.
The United States Tennis Association stuck to the WTA rankings Tuesday in announcing the 32 seeded women, including Victoria Azarenka at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova at No. 3. Williams is one of three seeded Americans; No. 16 Sloane Stephens and No. 24 Jamie Hampton are the others.
American Mardy Fish retired because of heat stroke during the third set of his second-round match against Jarkko Nieminen at the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.
No positive tests at Tour
No riders tested positive for doping at this year's Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said.
The testing program included 113 urine samples tested for EPO and 15 for steroids among the 622 samples. In blood analysis, 22 samples were tested for EPO-like substances, 18 for human growth hormone and two for transfusions.
Mathias Frank of Switzerland rode to a three-second win in Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton of Australia finished second to assume the overall lead in Breckenridge, Colo.
Frank completed the 126.1-mile ride from Aspen to Breckenridge in 5 hours, 5 minutes, 19 seconds.
A walk-off for hit batsman
Getting hit on the left foot by a pitch never felt so good to Jose Gonzalez, as it drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as Panama beat Taiwan 8-7 in a Little League World Series elimination game in South Williamsport, Pa.
"The only thing I was thinking was to try to get on base one way or another," Gonzalez said through interpreter Gilbert Monell. "And after being hit by the pitch, I felt very happy."
Panama scored four in the sixth.
Washington scored six runs in the third inning and held off Tennessee 6-5 in an elimination game.
Brno, Czech Republic, beat Grosse Pointe, Mich., 5-3 in a consolation game, ending the tournament for both teams.
The families of Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend are in contact in regard to a possible out-of-court settlement that would compensate the family of Reeva Steenkamp before Pistorius goes on trial for her murder in March.
South Africa's Times newspaper reported that lawyers for Pistorius had approached Steenkamp's family, and the newspaper said Steenkamp's parents were seeking around $300,000 for loss of income and emotional stress.
Ty Lawson's pregnant girlfriend told investigators in Centennial, Colo., that the Denver Nuggets guard pushed her during a fight after she heard him on the phone with another woman.
Both Lawson and Ashley Pettiford were arrested following Saturday's fight and held over the weekend because of the domestic violence allegations.
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, to his guaranteed rookie contract. Terms were not immediately known, but the deal can be worth up to $22.8 million over four years.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has suspended cornerback Geno Smith for the season opener against Virginia Tech after he was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.