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Clijsters beats Venus Williams in farewell game

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Clijsters beats Venus Williams in farewell game

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters ended her career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Venus Williams in a ceremonial farewell match in Belgium.

Clijsters retired after the U.S. Open but organized a match to thank her fans, 13,000 of whom turned up at Antwerp Sports Palace, including Crown Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde.

In the lighthearted encounter, Clijsters was destined to win but still wowed the crowd with the play that made her famous before injuries added to her retirement at 29.

Clijsters beat Williams on the way to her last two U.S. Open titles, in 2009 and 2010, and she held a 7-6 edge over the American on the WTA Tour. She also won at Flushing Meadow in 2005 and earned the 2011 Australian Open crown.

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Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

The Capitals released a 34-player training camp roster on Sunday for Phase 3 of the NHL's return to play plan. Training camp begins on Monday. The roster consists of 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goalies.

No notable names appear to be missing from the roster so presumably, no one has informed the team if they intend to opt-out of the postseason. The deadline to do so is 5 p.m. on Monday.

In addition to the regular NHL players, this roster includes a number of notable black aces: Forwards Shane Gersich, Philippe Maillet, Beck Malenstyn, Connor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel Sprong, defensemen Alex Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Tyler Lewington and goalies Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.

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For Phase 3, teams are limited to 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies. That number will have to be trimmed down to 28 skaters and 31 total players when the team departs for the hub city of Toronto.

The team has been divided into two squads for training camp with the first practice starting at 10:50 a.m. on Monday. All practices are closed to the public.

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Washington football team parts with two longtime front office members

Washington football team parts with two longtime front office members

Two longtime members of Washington's front office -- Alex Santos and Richard Mann II -- have been fired just a few weeks before training camp is set to begin, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay has confirmed. The news was first reported by The Athletic's Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker, as well as Les Carpenter of The Washington Post.

Santos, who served as Washington's director of pro personnel, had been with the organization since 2006. Throughout his tenure in Washington, Santos served as a pro personnel assistant, a pro scout and advanced scout before being promoted to the director role in 2014. His work was widely respected around the NFL. 

Mann, the assistant director of pro personnel, was entering his 11th season with Washington and fourth in the assistant role.

Both Santos and Mann served instrumental roles in evaluating free agents and opponent scouting.

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The shakeup is the latest of multiple personnel changes in the front office since longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired in late December and well-respected head coach Ron Rivera was hired by owner Dan Snyder. The team has yet to formally hire a replacement for Allen. Senior VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith served a GM-like role during April's NFL Draft.

Other front office changes Washington has endured this offseason include parting with Eric Schaffer, who spent 17 years with the franchise as the organization's respected salary-cap guru and general counsel. He held the role of VP of football operations before he was let go. Rivera hired former Panthers' front office staffer Rob Rogers to replace Schaffer. Additionally, Doug Williams was reassigned from the pro personnel department to player department.

With the name change still at the forefront, these moves could portend yet another wild week in Ashburn. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates at NBC Sports Washington.

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