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NEW YORK -- Flavia Pennetta arrived back at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had one question: Where is it?She couldnt wait to see the most recent addition to the photos of past champions displayed at the U. Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks Jersey .S. Open. Its been almost one year since Pennetta affixed her name to that list, yet as she returned to Flushing Meadows on Friday, that moment felt much longer ago than 12 months.The 2015 U.S. Open final was not only when the 33-year-old Italian won her first major title. It was also when she announced to the world that she planned to retire.I had the chance to say to everyone in the perfect moment in the perfect way, Pennetta told The Associated Press before she appeared at the U.S. Open draw ceremony as the reigning womens champion. Of course it was a big moment -- not just for the winning, but for everything.I didnt have any regrets. One year later Im here and really happy with my life now.She had decided a month before the tournament to leave tennis at the end of the season, convinced she couldnt win the years final major and OK with the fact that meant shed finish her career without a Grand Slam title. The grind of the tour was wearing her down, the constant travel around the globe from week to week to week.At too many events, Pennetta was thinking: Why am I here? I dont want to be here.Sometimes I was 100 percent on court, she recalled, and sometimes I was, `OK, I have to play -- I dont want to go. I want to be another place.Where she often wants to be these days is riding the horse she owns. Her father jokes that she seems to spend more time doing that than she did practicing tennis.This summer, where she wanted to be was on a boat cruising between Greek islands. Pennetta hails from Brindisi, in the heel of Italys boot, where seemingly everybody makes the short trip to Greece for vacations. No one could believe that she hadnt been, but there was just never the time over the summer. Until now.Asked what else shes suddenly been able to do in retirement, Pennetta laughed and pointed out the biggest one: We get married.Her wedding to fellow Italian player Fabio Fognini took place in June. Fognini is 29, and his wife isnt trying to sell him on the merits of retirement.I push him to play until 35, 37, Pennetta said, smiling.She hopes that by then hell be playing as a father.At this years U.S. Open, the 38th-ranked Fognini faces No. 106 Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round Tuesday. Pennetta is kept close to tennis by her husbands career, and she follows the fortunes of former Italian Fed Cup teammates Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.Watching matches from the stands can be agonizing. Its so easy to see which shot the player should have hit, how they should react to a missed call.But she also knows well that between the lines, none of that comes easy.From outside, you see everything so clear. When youre on court, of course not, Pennetta said. You would like to help them, but there is no chance. You just have to sit there and say, `OK, come on.It was Vinci, her former junior doubles partner, who Pennetta met for the U.S. Open title in one of the unlikeliest major finals ever. Vinci, then ranked 43rd, had just derailed Serena Williams Grand Slam bid with a shocking upset in the semis.This was the first major final for both Italians, and the 26th-seeded Pennetta was the oldest woman in the Open era to become a first-time Grand Slam champion. Then during the trophy ceremony, she threw in one last twist to a tournament full of stunners. Her on-court interview about the end, Pennetta interjected: I just need to say one thing more.She played four more tournaments to wrap up her final season. Pennetta still enjoys playing for fun but now can go a month without touching a racket.Shes done some commentating work for Italian TV and figures she might help out the countrys tennis federation. But mostly she relishes the freedom to spend time with her husband and with her family back home in Brindisi, to travel around Italy visiting friends.Now I have all this time, so now Im perfect, she said, the smile spreading across her face. Im always where I want to be. A. J. Pollock Diamondbacks Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. 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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jeff Walz was more subdued in his postgame interview, but the Louisville coach didnt back down from last weeks viral rant about losing being unacceptable.Judging from the resilience his seventh-ranked Cardinals displayed in the clutch against No. 17 Kentucky, players got the message loud and clear.Asia Durr scored four of her 15 points in overtime, including a key free throw with 2:47 remaining for a five-point lead, and Myisha Hines-Allen had 26 points before fouling out to help the Cardinals edge the Wildcats 69-67 on Sunday.Louisville (7-2) ended a five-game losing streak in the annual Bluegrass rivalry. The Cardinals rallied from a 54-50 deficit with four minutes to tie the game twice and had a chance to win at the end of regulation but couldnt get a shot off. They regrouped to score the first five points of OT behind Durrs 3-pointer and the first of Hines-Allens two jumpers before she exited with 1:15 left.Briahanna Jackson added a reverse layup and Jazmine Jones and Mariya Moore a free throw each that proved a cushion against Maci Morris 3 with five seconds left that got Kentucky (6-2) to 68-67.Jackson added a free throw with 4.1 left and Louisville sealed off Taylor Murray long enough for the horn to sound and spark a celebration for the Cardinals and their fans.(Louisville athletic director) Tom Jurich talked to us after practice one day and he was telling us just how important this game is, said Hines-Allen, who made 13 of 22 from the field. We hadnt beaten Kentucky in five years, so this was not only for us but the city was well.The win ended a two-game losing skid and provided some vindication after Walz questioned his teams resolve after a 78-72 loss to No. 5 Maryland and talked about entitlement in postgame comments that are still getting online hits.This time, Walz had nothing but praise for his team after their gut-check performance.We fought, which I was proud of, Walz said. I stand 100 percent behind my postgame comments, which I never believed would get to where it was. Lets not be so sensitive.Makayla Epps had 22 points aand 16 rebounds and Murray 21 points for Kentucky, which shot 42 percent from the field in its attempt for a second straight win over a ranked team. Curt Schilling Diamondbacks Jersey. Morris had 10 points.We were in it the whole time, Epps said. If she (Taylor) had one more second on the shot clock, who knows? If it had went in maybe we would have won in double overtime. Overall it was a great game on both sides.THE BIG PICTUREKentucky: The Wildcats zone defense succeeded in denying passing lanes inside and forcing Louisville to shoot a lot from the perimeter with little success. On the other hand, they committed 19 turnovers leading to 18 points, were beaten 49-40 on the boards and seemed to be a step slow as OT began.In overtime we might have been a little gassed, a little fatigued, coach Matthew Mitchell said. We just couldnt stay organized.Louisville: Teams dont often win shooting 37 percent from the field and 9 of 20 (45 percent) from the foul line, but the Cardinals somehow overcame those numbers. Walzs postgame rant after the loss to Maryland seemed to do the trick as the Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 17-4 on second-chance points and didnt let a late deficit bother them. Moore had eight points and Jones seven. Jackson and Cortnee Walton had 10 rebounds each.NO HARD FEELINGSWhile social media offered up a lot of feedback to Walzs comments, Hines-Allen said her coachs assessment was right.We all took it to heart, she said. We knew we had Kentucky coming in next, so we had to chew it had to take it and come ready to play. It started in practice because we had energy that next day. He was completely right.UP NEXTKentucky: Hosts Middle Tennessee on Friday night. The Wildcats lead the series 14-4 with four straight wins.Louisville: Returns from finals to host another in-state rival in Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Cardinals trail the series 20-15 and lost 71-69 last season in Bowling Green.---More AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 


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