51s bang out 10 hits but can’t hold lead in 6-3 loss to Aces

Matt Torra pitched eight effective innings Tuesday in leading the Reno Aces to a 6-3 win over the 51s in a Pacific Coast League game in Reno.

Though Las Vegas (12-14) totaled 10 hits off Torra (1-1), the 51s went hitless with runners in scoring position.

Chris Lubanski’s two-run homer in the fourth inning, his eighth homer of the season, helped Las Vegas take a 3-1 lead into the seventh.

But the Aces (13-13) rallied for three runs in the seventh, thanks largely to four walks.

Merkin Valdez (0-1) relieved 51s starter Robert Ray in the seventh and walked the only two batters he faced.

Cyle Hankerd, who drew a bases-loaded walk off Valdez in the seventh, hit a two-run single in the eighth to cap the scoring.

Former 51s reliever T.J. Beam worked a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.

MIxed martial arts

Lesnar to return to Octagon, will face Carwin in Las Vegas

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will return from a yearlong absence to meet interim champ Shane Carwin on July 3.

The UFC announced that Lesnar and Carwin will headline UFC 116 at the MGM Grand Garden.

Lesnar is considered the UFC’s top pay-per-view draw after just four fights with the mixed martial arts organization. The former professional wrestler won the heavyweight title in November 2008, beating Randy Couture.

Lesnar hasn’t fought since stopping Frank Mir at UFC 100 in July. He missed two scheduled title defenses against Carwin with what was eventually discovered to be diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder.

Carwin is a 35-year-old mechanical engineer who won the interim title in March with a victory over Mir.

Also: Fedor Emelianenko will return to Strikeforce for a heavyweight bout against Fabricio Werdum on June 26 in San Jose, Calif.

Emelianenko hasn’t fought since stopping Brett Rogers in November in his Strikeforce debut.


Serena, Venus victorious in returns from knee problems

Serena and Venus Williams ended lengthy breaks for knee problems with straight-sets victories over Swiss players in their opening matches at the Italian Open in Rome.

Top-ranked Serena defeated Timea Bacsinszky 7-6 (2), 6-1 in her first match since winning the Australian Open more than three months ago. Fourth-ranked Venus handled veteran Patty Schnyder, 6-2, 6-2.

Defending champion Dinara Safina, recovered from a back injury, lost her opener against Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Serena was down 4-1 and saved three set points at 5-4 before going to a tiebreaker.

After dominating the tiebreaker, she ran off the next four games to secure the match.

Also: U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro will have surgery on his right wrist and says he could be out for “a long period.”

The Argentine has not played since a Jan. 24 loss at the Australian Open.

The agency that represents Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis says they will team up again at Wimbledon.

After long absences from tennis, Kournikova and Hingis will play together in the legends doubles event at the All England Club this year.

Kim Clijsters pulled out of next week’s Madrid Open because her left foot injury isn’t healing fast enough.

The latest scan on her foot confirmed two tears sustained during last week’s Fed Cup victory over Estonia, forcing her to postpone her return to the tour and further threatening her participation in the French Open.

Iowa forward Aaron Fuller is transferring to Southern California and will sit out the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-6-inch 230-pounder averaged 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting 22 of 30 games last season for the Hawkeyes.

Rutgers will have a news conference Thursday to introduce Robert Morris coach Mike Rice as its new basketball coach.

Shawn Johnson says she will make another run at the Olympics.

The gold medal gymnast surprised a group of elementary school students in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, by announcing she plans to train for the 2012 London Games.

Johnson took time off from gymnastics after winning four medals in Beijing but said repeatedly that she hadn’t ruled out coming back.

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