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Sports Line: Navy names new tennis coach

Chris Garner, who led Amherst to the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship, was named Friday as the new men's tennis coach at Navy.

This year's NCAA title was the second captured by Amherst during Garner's seven seasons at the school. The Lord Jeffs previously won the 2011 national championship, made appearances in the NCAA title match in both 2009 and ‘10, placed third at the championship in 2013 and reached the quarterfinal round of the event in 2012.

The Long Island, N.Y., native was a standout player in his own right. He was the No. 1 ranked player in the country in the 14-and-under age group in 1983, the No. 1 ranked player in the under 16's in 1984 and was the No. 3 player in the under 18's from 1985-86. He competed on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team from 1985-87 and amassed 12 National Junior titles before entering the collegiate ranks.

Garner earned All-America honors at the University of Georgia before joining the professional tour. He attained an ATP ranking of No. 120 in 1991, advanced to the Round of 16 at the 1993 Australian Open and recorded victories over some of the top players in the world during his pro career.

NFL: Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Coach Bill O'Brien disclosed the procedure Friday, saying Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. He says the standout from South Carolina was sent to a specialist in Philadelphia and it was determined that surgery was the best option.

The surgery was performed Thursday. O'Brien says he expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.

  • Kansas City released Brandon Flowers on Friday after three weeks of voluntary workouts in which the former starter was conspicuously absent. Flowers was due to make $5.25 million this season, and he carried a salary cap number of $10.5 million that made him difficult to keep.

Already bumping up against the salary cap, the Chiefs will save about $7.25 million this season and $7.5 million next season. That money could be used to help the team sign quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston to contract extensions.

  • The Detroit Lions cut cornerback Chris Houston with four years left on his contract.

The Lions said Friday that a "significant medical procedure" led to Houston's release.

Also Friday, the Lions signed first-round pick Eric Ebron to a four year contract Friday.

The North Carolina tight end was selected No. 10 overall.

  • New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason has broken a bone in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp.

The team announced Friday that he also tore a ligament during Thursday's offseason training activity workout.

TENNIS: Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who admits to a dislike of competing on grass, moved within one win of her first final on the surface with her third confident victory in a row at the Aegon Classic on Friday.

The top-seeded Serbian beat the sixth-seeded Czech, Klara Koukalova, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

Ivanovic will meet surprise semifinalist Zhang Shuai, the ninth-seeded Chinese player who patiently took advantage of an error-prone, self-critical Sloane Stephens, the third-seeded American, to win 6-3, 6-1.

  • Roger Federer progressed to the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open without playing after Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan pulled out of their quarterfinal with back problems on Friday.

Federer, who began his preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Portugal's Joao Sousa on Thursday, compensated by playing an exhibition against Christopher Kas.

WNBA: Emma Meesseman took advantage of Elena Delle Donne's absence for Chicago to finish with career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Washington Mystics to a 79-68 victory over the short-handed Sky on Friday night.Bria Hartley had 13 points and Tianna Hawkins added 10 to help the Mystics (5-5) snap a three-game losing streak.

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