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Chris Evert hosts a "who's who" of TV and Tennis

By John Evenson

Delray Beach is known for being a hot spot for tennis, but on Saturday it was a who's who of tennis. Tennis legend Chris Evert invited some of her closest friends, both professional tennis players and television stars, t the Delray Tennis Center for the 24th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.

"There's so much pressure to play in front of people when you're not a professional athlete," says Elizabeth Shue, star of the CBS show CSI, "so I like trying to see if I can try to overcome that."

The weekend of tennis highlighted by a Charity Gala helps raise money for Evert's charity to help prevent drug abuse and neglect. Since 1989 the event has raised more than $20.6 million.

Other celebrities who took part include comedian Jon Lovitz and Scandal star Scott Foley.

Chris Evert hosts a "who's who" of TV and Tennis

Sunday, November 17 2013, 04:40 PM EST

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UNDATED (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers were no match for the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

The Hawks cruised to their 11th victory in 12 games as Shelvin Mack poured in a career-high 24 points in a 127-98 rout of the Cavs. Mack had been averaging 3.8 points before shooting 6-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Cleveland actually led by 12 in the second quarter before Atlanta outscored the Cavaliers 89-48 the rest of the way.

LeBron James scored 21 points but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Dion Waiters also had 21 for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four since winning eight straight.

In other NBA finals:

-- Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 32 points and Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis finished with 25 as Dallas topped Detroit 117-106. Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Mavericks handed the Pistons their 11th consecutive home loss.

-- Phoenix ended a six-game skid as Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to score 23 points and Goran Dragic (DRAH'-gihch) added 20 in a 111-106 triumph at Charlotte. The Hornets blew a 17-point and lost for the 14th time in their last 16 games.

-- Dwyane (dwayn) Wade's 42 points weren't enough for the Miami Heat in a 105-87 loss to Utah. Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and Enes Kanter added 18 as the Jazz won for only the second time in 14 games while dealing the Heat their fourth straight home loss.

-- Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in Boston's 109-92 rout of Orlando. Brandon Bass scored 18 points, and Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger each finished with 16 in the Celtics' second straight win since a three-game losing streak.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The nation's No. 12 men's basketball team cruised to a 42-point victory on Wednesday.

D'Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15 as Ohio State crushed North Carolina A&T 97-55. Shannon Scott finished with 12 assists, while Kam Williams had 15 points in the second half for the 9-1 Buckeyes.

Ohio State hit 69 percent of its shots in the second half to finish at 57 percent (35 of 62) from the field.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Chryst (krist) is returning to Wisconsin, which also spells the end of Steve Pederson as Pittsburgh's athletic director.

The Badgers have hired Chryst as their new football coach, three years after he left to take over Pittsburgh's football program. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State.

The 49-year-old Chryst had two prior stints as an assistant for the Badgers. Most notably, he was part of the Wisconsin staff from 2005-11, helping the Badgers to five double-digit victory seasons and two Rose Bowls.

He leaves the Panthers after going 19-19 in three seasons.

Chryst's return to Madison leaves the Panthers searching for their fourth football coach in as many years, which also caused the school to fire Pederson.

Vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance Randy Juhl has become Pitt's acting athletic director. Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph will serve as interim coach for the Panthers as they prepare for the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2 against Houston.


CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad.

U.S. District Judge John Lee says the deal could be altered to address his concerns, which include the scope of the proposal. At an October hearing, he raised similar concerns, saying, "The settlement, as it's constituted, includes every athlete for all time."

Under the settlement, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions. It would also create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes for brain trauma, and set aside $5 million for research.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive end Ray McDonald as San Jose police investigate him on suspicion of a sexual assault on Monday.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke (BAHL'-kee) said the decision was prompted by a pattern of poor decision making, adding that "we expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced last month that it declined to file charges against McDonald in a domestic violence investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest. McDonald continued to play while Santa Clara authorities continued their investigation.


UNDATED (AP) -- Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York have turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and his staff handled evidence in the Ray Rice case. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the handover of material on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller (MUHL'-ur) releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

Mueller has been investigating whether anyone at the NFL had seen or obtained video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back striking his then-fiancee inside an elevator before the video was published online.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back. The quarterback took part in all of the team drills and did some throwing during the portion of practice open to reporters. His status for playing in Sunday's game against Cleveland remains up in the air.

Newton missed last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after flipping his truck in a two-vehicle wreck on Dec. 9. He is 3-8-1 this season as Carolina's starter.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawsuit brought by retired NFL players against the league for allegedly routinely mishandling painkillers has been dismissed. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. Northern District in California noted that the league has addressed the "serious and inevitable evil" of player injuries in a "serious way" through collective bargaining with the players' union.

The judge gave them until Dec. 30 to file an amended complaint.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.

Pelini lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players. The Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday reported that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school. The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities for female genitalia in reference to Eichorst as well as other profanity.

The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."


UNDATED (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators are 2-1-1 under new coach Dave Cameron after adding to the New Jersey Devils' recent woes.

Kyle Turris scored twice as the Senators downed the Devils 2-0 despite being outshot 34-16. Craig Anderson picked up his third shutout of the season and 29th of his career. Anderson had struggled recently, going 2-6-2 in his previous 10 starts.

The Devils went 0-for-5 on the power play en route to their fifth straight loss.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution.

Crosby worked out for the first time after missing three games over the weekend. He could return to the lineup as early as Thursday night when the Penguins face Colorado.

The Penguins held goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and defensemen Olli Maatta (MAH'-tah) and Robert Bortuzzo out of practice while they were tested for mumps. All three players tested negative for mumps earlier in December.

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