Russian tennis star
was tied up by masked robbers who broke into her home yesterday and stole money and items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father told a Russian television network.
Chakvetadze, a 2007 U.S. Open semifinalist who is ranked sixth in the world, was bound for 30 minutes in her home outside Moscow but not seriously hurt, NTV reported.
Six assailants approached the home before dawn, tied up a maid in another building, and forced her to hand over a remote control enabling them to enter the house through the garage,
her father told NTV.
The robbers took about $106,000 in cash as well as jewelry and other items worth about $200,000, the network said. Moscow region police did not answer phone calls seeking comment.
Chakvetadze, 20, won four singles titles and about $1.4 million in prize money in 2007.
will represent the United States in the Fed Cup. The three-time Grand Slam singles champion, 31, gave birth to her first child, a son, in June and has been off for nearly a year. The U.S. team will face Germany in the Fed Cup quarterfinals in La Jolla, Calif., on Feb. 2-3.
has been chosen to receive the Bob Jones Award, the U.S. Golf Association's highest honor. The award recognizes a person who emulates the attitude and spirit of amateur great
It is only the second year that the award has been given to a nongolfer. The USGA recognized
was voted trotting's top 3-year-old colt, with 11 other trotters and pacers earning Dan Patch Awards as divisional champions.
Donato Hanover, a leading contender for harness racing's horse-of-the-year honor, received 189 of 191 votes from the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
The horse, trained by
, won 11 of 13 races, including the World Trotting Derby and the Canadian Trotting Classic, for record earnings of $2.33 million.
's positive cocaine test of Aug. 19 was confirmed, and now the British jockey faces a French investigation that could lead to a 11/2-year ban.
Fallon, 42, tested positive in Deauville, France, after riding
French authorities suspended the driver's license of Formula One driver
for a month after police caught him speeding near the northern town of Laon on Sunday, a police spokesman said. Hamilton, 22, was clocked going 123 m.p.h.
, a security guard, filed suit against
seeking damages for "severe physical injuries" he suffered when the NASCAR driver allegedly shoved him to the ground at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. Hutchinson is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 in the suit filed in Miami's 11th Circuit Court.
Kahne is due in court Jan. 8 to answer charges of misdemeanor battery stemming from the Nov. 16 incident.
St. Joseph's women's basketball received written commitments from
, the daughter of former 76ers assistant coach
, and two other recruits.
Kuester plays for the Academy of Notre Dame. Her father is an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic who played at North Carolina (1973-77). The other future Hawks are guard
of Wilmington and forward
of Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
Temple women's basketball coach
has been named to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.