Weekend Sports in Brief

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open has criticized the WTA Tour, saying women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' while describing them as ''physically attractive and competitively attractive.''

Raymond Moore is a 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa who oversees the $7 million tournament in the California desert featuring the men's and women's tours. He made his comments before the finals and they quickly appeared on social media.

Moore went on to say that if he was ''a lady player, I'd go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.''

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Top-ranked Serena Williams objected when asked about Moore's comments after she lost 6-4, 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka in the final. She says ''those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.''

Moore later apologized in a written statement.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says All-Star forward Anthony Davis will miss the remainder of the season - and probably the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as well - so he can have surgery to repair a recent knee injury and a lingering shoulder problem that has bothered him for much of the season.

With New Orleans virtually eliminated from playoff contention, Gentry says the club is taking a long-term approach to Davis' injury and that shutting him down now should ensure his return by next training camp.

Davis left New Orleans' pervious game - a loss to Portland on Friday night - shortly before halftime with a left knee injury that appeared to be caused by a collision with Trail Blazers guard C.J. MCollum and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has been suspended one game without pay after the NBA says he tried to enter Milwaukee's locker room and verbally challenge Bucks forward John Henson after both players were ejected.

On Thursday, Henson blocked Barnes' shot with 5.5 seconds left in the Bucks' 96-86 win over the Grizzlies in Milwaukee. After the play, Henson taunted Barnes and was given two technical fouls and ejected. Barnes was charged with a technical foul and ejected for continuing to use obscenities.

Barnes told the Los Angeles Times that he was led astray by an arena worker.

He sat out Memphis' 113-102 win over the Clippers on Saturday night.


AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Akron football player was mistaken for a burglar and shot in the stomach after entering a former teammate's apartment unannounced, police say.

Authorities say they won't file charges because both men agreed it was an accident.

The shooting happened Saturday at an off-campus house in Akron where the men have apartments.

Police say Andrew Pratt entered Scott Boyett's apartment without knocking or announcing himself and Boyett shot him. Police say Boyett drove Pratt to a hospital.

Pratt remained hospitalized Sunday. He's expected to recover.

The university says Pratt was a senior wide receiver on last year's team. Boyett is from Dania, Florida, and was an offensive tackle who last played in 2014.

The university's athletics director says the university is waiting to learn more from police.


PHOENIX (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano suffered multiple facial fractures when he was hit in the face by a pitch.

Liriano was carried off the field on a backboard. The team said he was expected to be hospitalized overnight for further testing and observation.

The pitch from Matt West of the Los Angeles Dodgers went under the brim of Liriano's batting helmet and hit him on the left side of the face in the eighth inning.

Liriano went to the ground holding his face and rolling in pain as trainers rushed to his aid. He was strapped to a backboard and carted off the field for transport to a hospital blocks away from the ballpark.

The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic was acquired from San Diego in a trade on Jan. 28. He made his major league debut in 2014 with the Padres and spent last year in the minors.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent.

Rosenhaus confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that he is now representing Manziel, who was waived by Cleveland following two trouble-filled seasons. Manziel faces legal consequences from a domestic incident in Texas. The NFL is also investigating the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who played for Texas A&M.

Rosenhaus may have a tough time finding a new team for Manziel until the QB gets his other issues resolved.

Manziel's former agent, Erik Burkhardt, cut ties with the 23-year-old following last season. Burkhardt issued a statement saying he and Manziel's family ''have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order.''

Manziel was a huge disappointment for the Browns, who selected him in the first round in 2014.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez both walked away from a dramatic high-speed crash that flipped Alonso's car twice and caused a suspension of the Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso's McLaren rammed into the back of Gutierrez's Haas, causing the Spanish driver to flip over twice at high speed, leaving his car in a crumpled wreck.

Alonso walked gingerly from the wreck, and shook hands with Gutierrez, who was clearly worried about his fellow driver's well-being.

The incident happened on lap 19 of the opening race of the Formula One season, bringing out red flags and a 22-minute suspension in the action.