Canadians Raonic, Bouchard seeded for Wimbledon

Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard have been seeded for the upcoming Wimbledon...

Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard have been seeded for the upcoming Wimbledon championship next week in London. (REUTERS)

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Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard have been seeded for the upcoming Wimbledon championship next week in London.

Raonic moved up one spot from his world ranking to be awarded the No. 8 seed while Bouchard, ranked 13th, was seeded in the same slot for Wimbledon. Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic are seeded third in men's doubles.

Based on Wimbledon's unique seeding system for the men's draw, Serbia's Novak Djokovic was given the top seeding ahead of world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain, who fell to second. Great Britain's Andy Murray, ranked fifth in the world but the defending tournament champion, was moved to the third seed.

Serena Williams of the U.S. goes into the women's draw as the top seed, followed by Na Lia of China and Simona Halep of Romania.

Bouchard, a semifinalist at the French Open, is coming off a first-round loss to American Vania King at the Topshelf Open this week. Raonic is not playing.

The draws will be held Friday.

POSPISIL INTO QUARTERS

Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver advanced to the quarterfinals of the Topshelf Open Wednesday in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Sixth-seeded Pospisil downed Jan-Lenard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-2 in the grass-court tournament, a warm-up for Wimbledon next week. It's the first time since the Chennai Open -- his first tournament of 2014 -- that Pospisil has made it this far.

Pospisil, who has had an injury-plagued season, will face Germany's Benjamin Becker in the quarterfinals. The winner will take on either qualifier Joao Sousa of Portugal or Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands.

VAN DYKEN 'THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE'

Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken said she was excited to be starting her new life Wednesday as she arrived partially paralyzed at a hospital near her hometown of Denver for specialist treatment after severing her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Van Dyken, 41, whose six gold medals make her one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time, has put a particularly brave face on her recovery since the accident, chatting warmly with well-wishers on social media and posting photos of her smiling and waving.

Before flying from Scottsdale to Denver, Van Dyken said her neurosurgeon had advised her and her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, to say goodbye to each other because of the risks involved.

"It was one of those things where I looked at my husband and basically said, 'I love you, goodbye, please continue on with your life,'" Van Dyken told reporters from a stretcher. "I'm so thankful to be alive."

The crash happened on June 6 in Arizona and she had six hours of surgery the next day at a hospital in Scottsdale. On Wednesday she was transferred to the Craig Hospital in Englewood, a suburb of Denver where she grew up and where much of her family lives.

Van Dyken says she has no feeling from the waist down and does not know whether it will return.

CLARK DONE WITH FOOTBALL

Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark said farewell after 11 NFL seasons during an emotional news conference at the team's facility Wednesday.

Former teammates Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, as well as retired players David Thornton, Ryan Diem, Hunter Smith and Josh Thomas attended the announcement.

Clark had to pause several times to gather his emotions.

"I don't want it to seem like a funeral," Clark said. "I want it to be light-hearted, I want it to be happy."

Clark, 35, thanked former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, now with the Denver Broncos.

"Something about that man showed you how the game was supposed to be played, (the) importance of being accountable," Clark said.

Clark then looked over at Wayne.

"Thank you so much ... I was hanging onto your coattails," Clark said, choking up.

Clark was selected by the Colts in the first round (24th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. In nine seasons (2003-2011) with the team, he set franchise records for the most career receptions (427) and receiving touchdowns (46) by a tight end, while finishing second in receiving yards (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven).

 


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