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US Open to use 25-second clocks, timed warmup in main draw

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The U.S. Open will have 25-second serve clocks on all of its courts during main draw matches this year to enforce time limits between points.

The Grand Slam tournament, which begins in New York on Aug. 27, will also have a strict 7-minute period from when players enter a court until action starts after the warmup.

Both the serve clocks and strict timing for the warmup were tested during qualifying matches at Flushing Meadows in 2017.

“We would like to keep the pace of play moving,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said in a telephone interview Wednesday, confirming the main-draw changes that were first reported by The New York Times. “That’s our goal.”

One other element that the USTA tried out during qualifying matches at last year’s tournament that will not make it into the main draw this time around is allowing coaches to communicate with their players during matches.

“We certainly will not see coaching in the main draw this year,” Widmaier said.

The amount of time taken between points by players has been a topic of conversation in tennis for quite a while now. And although chair umpires are supposed to monitor the seconds, it has not been done uniformly, in part because there is not a readout available for players and spectators to see.

Now there will be something akin to a basketball shot clock for U.S. Open matches.

If a player’s 25-second allotment before serving lapses, the chair umpire will issue a warning. The player can be docked a point after a second violation, and then a game after a third, Widmaier said.

Before the start of play, the clocks in New York will mark a 7-minute limit split up this way: 1 minute from when players step on court until the coin toss; 5 minutes for the warmup; 1 minute until the opening point. Delays can result in fines of up to $20,000, according to Widmaier.

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Cycling’s top riders set for Tour of California next month

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The top men’s and women’s teams will compete next month in the Amgen Tour of California, the premier U.S. cycling race.

The men will cover 645 miles over seven stages from Long Beach to Sacramento from May 13 to May 19. The women will have three of the top five teams for their three-day, 187-mile race that starts May 17 in Elk Grove.

Race owner AEG announced Thursday that Pete Sagan will ride for the BORA-hansgrohe team while Mark Cavendish will go for Team Dimension Data and be joined by Rafal Majka.

Tony Gallopin of AG2R La Mondiale is in the men’s field. So is LottoNL-Jumbo’s Nielson Powless, the race’s best young rider in 2016.

The women feature 2016 champion Megan Guarnier of USA Cycling National Team, Katie Hall of UnitedHealthcare and Kasia Niewiadoma of Canyon/SCRAM.

Jordan Peele isn’t Jordan Poole, but he’ll take the compliments anyway

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A lot of people only watch college basketball during the NCAA Tournament, so you’ll forgive them if they get a little confused sometimes. For example, when they mix up Michigan’s second round hero Jordan Poole with “Get Out” director Jordan Peele.

Poole catapulted himself into the public consciousness with a ridiculous buzzer-beater to give Michigan the 64-63 win over Houston. Well-wishers took to Twitter to congratulate him, but a different – but close! – name pops up when you search @JordanP: Peele’s handle, @JordanPeele. Poole’s is @JordanPoole_2.

Peele was more than happy to accept the congratulations. All those hours in the gym finally paid off for him.

To be fair, Peele has hit a game-winner before (and gave a pretty motivational post-game speech).

Poole, for his part, didn’t seem too upset at being mixed up with one of the hottest writers and directors in Hollywood right now.

In the realm of mistagged tweets, this went pretty well, considering most people on Twitter are mean. Peele could have just as easily been receiving misplaced insults if Poole had turned the ball over instead of saving Michigan’s season.

Now that they’ve been linked up on Twitter, people think Poole has earned an appearance in Peele’s next project. Maybe if the Wolverines complete their run to the National Championship?