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Serena Williams back in top 10:

LONDON -- Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child. Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open. Williams hasn't played since her quarterfinal loss to Karolina Pliskova at last month's Australian Open, but she still overtook Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish player's points from reaching last year's Doha semifinals expired this week. Osaka remains at the top of the rankings. Simona Halep is second and Sloane Stephens is third, while Petra Kvitova dropped to fourth.

Pro Piacenza kicked out of Serie C:

FLORENCE, Italy -- A third-tier Italian soccer team has been kicked out of the league after losing a match 20-0 on Sunday. Lega Pro, the governing body of Serie C, announced the exclusion of Pro Piacenza on Monday. Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems and hadn't paid its players or staff, needed to present a team for the match or would have been thrown out of the division after having already forfeited three matches. The team turned up at Cuneo with just seven players, the minimum number required.

Anaheim retires No. 27:

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have raised Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 to the rafters at the Honda Center, honoring the Hall of Fame defenseman who helped lead the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007. The Ducks held the ceremony on Sunday night before their game against Washington. Niedermayer signed with Anaheim in 2005 after 13 seasons with New Jersey. He scored 60 of his 172 career goals in five seasons with the Ducks. He remains the franchise leader in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (39) among defensemen.

Healthy Jagr returns to ice:

HAVIROV, Czech Republic -- Jaromir Jagr is back again. The Czech winger and 13-time NHL All-Star has recovered from a series of injuries that prevented him from playing for more than a year and appeared in a game Monday for the Kladno Knights, the hometown club he owns in the Czech Republic. Jagr, 47, played on the top line alongside center Tomas Plekanec, another former NHL player. He didn't score in nearly 18 minutes but celebrated as Kladno, boosted by his presence, won 2-0 at Havirov in a Czech second-league game.

Giants' Bochy to retire:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants says he will retire after this season, his 25th as a major league manager. He says he informed the team Monday and says "in my mind it's time. It's been an unbelievable ride." Bochy turns 64 on April 16. He is entering his 13th season with the Giants, having led the team to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bochy intends to stay in baseball in another role that has yet to be determined.

Kucherov has 5 points in win:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nikita Kucherov had 2 goals and 3 assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Monday night for their sixth straight win. Brayden Point scored twice and Steven Stamkos also had a goal for the Lightning, who are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 40 shots and got his 26th win. Kucherov now has 99 points to lead the league, with seven goals in the last five games. Lukas Sedlak scored and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 15 saves for the Blue Jackets, who had won four straight. Columbus outshot the Lightning 19-6 in the first period, but Kucherov scored twice. He first beat Korpisalo top shelf off a lead pass from Yanni Gourde with 8:42 left, and then nabbed a turnover in the neutral zone and slipped it through the goalie's five-hole with 5:36 remaining for his 29th of the season.
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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Feb 19, 2019
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