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Isner out of Australian Open with injured knee

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Isner out of Australian Open with injured knee

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) John Isner has withdrawn from the Australian Open with bone bruising in his right knee, leaving No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked U.S. man at the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

Isner, who spent 18 weeks in the top 10 before finishing last year at No. 14, injured his knee at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week and had to withdraw from the international mixed team competition.

He tried playing at the Sydney International, where he was seeded No. 1, but lost to fellow American Ryan Harrison in straight sets in 71 minutes on Wednesday.

``I have been feeling some discomfort in my knee and have recently learned that I have a bone bruise,'' Isner said in a statement released by Australian Open organizers on Thursday. ``Doctors have told me that continuing to play on the knee could result in a more serious injury.''

The big-serving American led the tour in aces (1,005) and won two titles in 2012. He beat defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells last March before losing to Roger Federer.

Isner has never won a major - his best run was at the 2011 U.S. Open when he reached the quarterfinals - but he does have some notable claims to fame.

In 2010, he played the longest top-level match in tennis history, a marathon win over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon that spanned three days and lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and went to 70-68 in the fifth set.

Last year, Isner tied a record for the latest finish at the U.S. Open before losing in the third round to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at 2:26 a.m.

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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

One of the Washington Mystics' first stars is hanging up her shoes.

Alana Beard, who spent the first seven seasons of her professional career with the Mystics after Washington drafted her No. 2 overall in 2004, announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

During her time in Washington, Beard made the All-Star team four times. Her best season with the Mystics was in 2006, where she averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game and won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

After missing nearly two years with multiple injuries, Beard signed with the Los Angeles Sparks during free agency in 2012, and spent the rest of her career out west. She won her first WNBA championship in 2016 with the Sparks, highlighted by her game-winning three-pointer in Game 1 of the Finals.

Congratulations on a great career, Alana!

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