Serena Williams's Outburst Costs Her $2,000

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Today in sports: Daniel Snyder drops his lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, Major League Baseball put the kibosh on the New York Mets' 9/11 tribute, and Serena Williams gets off easy for her U.S. Open outburst.

  • Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 for yesterday's blow-up at chair umpire Eva Asderaki during her loss in the finals of the U.S. Open. As Williams fines go, that's light--she was docked $82,500 for a similar outburst at the Open in 2009. The USTA said in a statement that that Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock concluded that Williams' tirade did not "rise to the level of a major offense.'' [AP]
  • Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has quietly withdrawn his libel lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, parent company Creative Loafing and journalist Dave McKenna. The team quietly announced the news in a press release issued after 8 p.m. on Saturday night, hours before the team's 2011 season opener against the New York Giants, saying there was "nothing further to be gained" by continuing to fight for a retraction of McKenna's unflattering November 2010 City Paper cover story, "The Cranky Redskins Fans' Guide to Daniel Snyder." In exchange for Snyder withdrawing the lawsuit, the paper agreed to pay its own legal fees and pledged not to countersue. A Redskins spokesman says Snyder feels "vindicated" by the outcome of the much-ridiculed lawsuit,  but as The Washington Post's Erik Wemple notes, that would be easier to believe had the City Paper "given up something, anything — a correction, a clarification, some italicized mumbo jumbo at the foot of the online version" of McKenna's story. [The Washington Post]
  • The NFL's leniency towards 9/11-themed uniform embellishments did not extend to Major League Baseball, which nixed the New York Mets plan to wear NYPD, FDNY, and PAPD caps during last night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mets union representative Josh Thole said the league told the Mets front office there was "no chance at all" of the team wearing the non-regulation hats, and promised a hefty fine for any player who violated the edict. That's the same position the league took back in 2001 when the team wanted to wear hats bearing the logos of first responders for the remainder of the season, but those Mets went ahead and wore them anyway.  [New York Daily News]
  • The NFL's five-day opening weekend ends Monday night with a doubleheader between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. Although technically, it will have been six days calendar days since Thursday's opener, since the Raiders and Broncos won't be kicking off until 10:15 p.m. on the east coast, which means they likely won't be done until 1:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. [The New York Times]
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