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Love, set, match: Serena Williams announces engagement

It’s a love match for women’s tennis great Serena Williams.

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The winner of 22 Grand Slam events announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Fittingly, Williams announced the news in a Reddit post on her verified account.

A spokesman for Ohanian confirmed that he popped the question while the couple was vacationing in Rome. Ohanian also announced the engagement on his Facebook page, linking to Williams’ Reddit post and writing, “She said yes.”

Williams’ Reddit post read:

“I came home/A little late/Someone had a bag packed for me/And a carriage awaited" Williams said in her Reddit post, which was written like a poem and had a cartoon of the couple at the top. "Destination: Rome/To escort me to my very own 'charming'/Back to where our stars first collided/And now it was full circle/At the same table we first met by chance/This time he made it not by chance/But by choice/Down on one knee/He said 4 words/And/r/isaidyes.”

The 35-year-old Williams and 33-year-old Ohanian have been dating since 2015, according to E! News and have kept their relationship quiet, except for an occasional Instagram post. In the past, Williams had been romantically linked to Patrick Mouratoglou and rappers Drake and Common, People magazine reported.

No date has been announced.

Williams was the runner-up at last year’s Australian Open and won the women’s singles title for the sixth time in 2015. She is the all-time women’s champion during tennis’ Open era; only Margaret Court has won the event more times, taking the title 11 times and four times since the Open era began in the late 1960s.

Ohanian co-founded Reddit, the user-generated news website, in 2005 with college roommate Steve Huffman.

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2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova injured in knife attack

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured Tuesday by a knife-wielding attacker at her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic, The Associated Press reported.

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The player's spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said the 26-year-old suffered a left hand injury and was treated by doctors.

Tejkal said the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred Tuesday morning and that Kvitova's injuries were not life-threatening.

Also Tuesday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month's Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury. Earlier on her Twitter account, Kvitova said she was “so disappointed” she could not play in the event.

Sharapova could compete in some major tournaments next year

Maria Sharapova has something to smile about. It was announced Tuesday that the tennis star's two-year suspension for doping has been reduced by nine months.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Sharapova still "bore some degree of fault" for having tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, and it felt a 15-month suspension was "appropriate."

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So now that Sharapova can begin competing again in late April, there's a whole slew of tennis tournaments that can be penciled into her schedule.

The big one? The French Open, which starts in late May.

Sharapova won the women's singles portion of that tournament in 2012 and 2014.

She'll also be able to compete at Wimbledon. Sharapova has competed at this tournament 13 times, but only won once, in 2004.

And Sharapova can attend the 2017 U.S. Open — making January's Australian Open the only grand slam tournament Sharapova can't participate in.

As for her sponsorships, Sharapova might be able to pick up a couple that cut ties with her earlier this year, such as Porsche and watchmaker Tag Heuer.

In response to the court's decision, Sharapova wrote on Facebook, "In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. ... I am counting the days until I can return to the court."

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Gong show: Strange noise unsettles Murray in U.S. Open quarterfinals

A bizarre noise during Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the U.S. Open led to Andy Murray’s downfall against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, as the No. 2 seed lost control of the match when a gong-like sound over the loudspeakers interrupted play. 

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Murray led two sets to one and had a break point in the third game of the fourth set, which would have given him a 2-1 lead. Murray seemed to be in control of the point when something that sounded like a loud gong rang from the speakers.

Umpire Marija Cicak immediately called a let and ordered the point replayed. Murray threw his hands up in disgust and immediately complained about the ruling.

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Murray dropped the next three points to lose the game, and then brought up the call again with Cicak at the ensuing changeover, saying something similar had happened earlier and play had continued.

“Exactly the same thing,” Murray said. ''And I told you.''

He also spoke to a tournament supervisor about it, pleading his case and saying, “That's not fair.” 

Murray would lose the next seven games, including the final five games of the fourth set. He would lose 7-5 in the fifth and deciding set.

“I could have won the match for sure,” Murray told The Associated Press.

U.S. Open officials later released a statement saying the sound was from a digital audio sound processor that malfunctioned. 

Tennis gold medalist Andy Murray corrects sexist reporting

Tennis gold medalist Andy Murray shut down a BBC reporter who seemed to forget that women's tennis is a thing.

"You're the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That's an extraordinary feat, isn't it?" the BBC's John Inverdale said.

"Well, to defend the singles title. I think Venus and Serena have won about four each," Murray said.

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Inverdale was interviewing Murray after his victory over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina. It was Murray's second consecutive Olympic gold.

He's the first person to take gold in singles tennis twice in a row but, as he noted, both Williams sisters have won two more golds than he has overall.

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His quick fact check won him praise online, but his comments aren't really a surprise.

Murray has called himself a feminist in the past and has said women have played a large role in his tennis career.

He was coached by a woman for a time, and he credits his mother with introducing him to the game.

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Maria Sharapova says she's going to Harvard Business School

What do you do when you're a tennis superstar and you get suspended from playing the sport for two years? Why not business school? Or, more specifically, why not Harvard Business School?

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Don't ask Maria Sharapova how it happened, but that's apparently what she's decided to do with her down time.

Sharapova was suspended earlier this month for two years after she failed a drug test. In a report issued by the International Tennis Federation she was labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage.

The ban, handed down by a three-person Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation, was backdated to Jan. 26, when Sharapova last played. She tested positive for meldonium that day after losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

James Blake calls for more NYPD accountability after arrest

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Former tennis star James Blake has even more to say about his violent arrest. He told NBC the apology from the NYPD was a "nice gesture," but more needs to be done. 

"It makes me wonder why he was out in the street and given this position to begin with," James Blake told NBC.

Blake also told The Associated Press that the officer should be fired.

The NYPD recently released surveillance video of Blake being slammed to the ground. The department says the arresting officer misidentified Blake as a criminal. 

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NYPD officer James Frascatore reportedly thought he was arresting someone involved in credit card fraud. Frascatore has had excessive force complaints brought against him in the past and is currently on modified duty.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have both apologized to Blake. Bratton said during a press conference Thursday he had concerns about how Blake was arrested, but he also said he didn't think race was a factor. (Video via Fox News)

"This rush to put a race tag on it ... I'm sorry, that's not involved in this incident at all," Bratton said.

Blake said he wants to see more accountability for police officers and is still considering taking legal action. (Video via CNN)

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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