Serena Williams


Elena Vesnina

, 6-3, 6-1, on Monday to reach the Madrid Open's second round, while sister


lost, 6-4, 6-1, to

Angelique Kerber


Fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur rallied to beat Christina McHale, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, to reach the third round, as did French Open champion Li Na after winning, 6-3, 6-1, against Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

SOCCER: Blackburn was relegated from the Premier League in a 1-0 loss to Wigan on Antolin Alcaraz's goal in the 87th minute.

Blackburn, the 1995 champion, is 19th at 8-22-7 and will go down to next season's League Championship along with last-place Wolverhampton (5-22-10).

Blackburn fans spent much of the game protesting against manager Steve Kean and at one point released a chicken onto the field.

Reading and Southampton earned promotion by finishing 1-2 in the League Championship.

COLLEGES: The Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announced a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement.

Beginning with the 2012 football season and continuing through the 2014 lacrosse season, the NBC Sports Network will televise a minimum of six, but no more than 10, football games, six to 10 men's basketball games, and up to four men's lacrosse games annually. NBC Sports Network also acquired the rights to sublicense additional football and men's basketball games to a national sports network.

No financial terms were announced.

Former Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey was accepted at LSU, where he will have two years eligibility remaining.

Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel said he has no plans to name a coach-in-waiting for the men's basketball program. Coach Jim Calhoun, who turns 70 this month, is expected to return next season, but has not made his final plans public.

Richard Pitino's contract with Florida International was amended to six years, one more than the sides agreed to when he took over as men's basketball coach last month.

Georgetown promoted Keith Brown to head coach of its women's basketball team, succeeding Terri Williams-Flournoy, who left Georgetown to coach Auburn.

CYCLING: Matthew Goss of Australia won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia, while world champion Mark Cavendish and overall leader Taylor Phinney were involved in a crash in the high-speed sprint finish in Horsens, Denmark.

Neither appeared seriously injury.

NOTEWORTHY: Investigators in Louisville are seeking clues in the mysterious death of a track worker whose body was found in a stable just a matter of hours after I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby.

A Kentucky coroner refused to release autopsy results for 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez, a native of Guatamala, whose body was found Sunday morning in the back portion of Barn No. 8. Authorities have no suspects but stressed that Perez's killing had no apparent connection to the race.

Elsewhere: NASCAR driver Eric McClure was released from an Alabama hospital two days after he was injured in a crash at Talladega Superspeedway. . . . Two time winner Fred Couples withdrew from The Players Championship because of an illness.

- Staff and wire reports