Azarenka, Roddick coming to Philly

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves to Johanna Larsson of Sweden during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

NEW YORK — Victoria Azarenka will star for the Philadelphia Freedoms in World Team Tennis.

The No. 2 player in the world was selected in the Mylan WTT marquee player draft on Tuesday. Azarenka returns to WTT for the first time in four years.

The San Diego Aviators will feature the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan. They’ll be joined by Daniela Hantuchova, who will make her WTT debut this summer.

Venus Williams returns to the defending champion Washington Kastles, along with league MVP Martina Hingis. Andy Roddick heads the lineup for the new Austin Aces, joined by Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

The Las Vegas Neon will feature Sam Querrey, and James Blake will play for the Springfield, Mo., Lasers. The WTT season runs July 6-23, with the final on July 27.

Ivanovic advances to 2nd round in Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar — Ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday after Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova retired from their match with a right knee injury.

Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game.

The match started slowly for Ivanovic, who surrendered her first two serves as Hantuchova took a 5-3 lead. But Ivanovic won the next four games to secure the set, winning the ninth game at love with her final three serves being aces.

“She started really well, and I managed to get back into the set and break her back,” Ivanovic said. “I played some really good tennis towards the end of that first set and then in the second.”

Wildcard entrant Alisa Kleybanova of Russia also advanced after her opponent retired.

CFL players fined for posts about Michael Sam

MONTREAL — The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay football player Michael Sam.

Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner Jr. were penalized undisclosed amounts on Tuesday for postings on social media. Bruce misspelled the word “gay” in his post, which urged Sam to “man up” and “get on your knees and submit to God fully.”

Wisconsin coach Anderson turns down Browns

Wisconsin said Tuesday that coach Gary Andersen was contacted by the Cleveland Browns for their coaching vacancy but decided not to pursue the position following a conversation with the NFL team.

The Browns hired coach Mike Pettine last month after a 25-day search. Pettine, Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, signed a five-year contract to replace Rob Chudzinski, fired after his lone season ended with a 4-12 record.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said he was kept informed throughout the brief process.

Jansen, Dodgers agree

on $4.3 million, 1-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Pitcher Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers agreed Tuesday on a $4.3 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Jansen had 28 saves with a 1.88 ERA last season after he took over the closer’s role from Brandon League.

He had been seeking $5.05 million. The Dodgers offered $3.5 million.

Said Jansen: “It’s kind of a relief that it’s over now. I tried my best not to let it distract me. At the same time, now I can just focus on opening day.”

Jansen is one of five closers on the Dodgers spring-training roster, which also includes League, Brian Wilson, Chris Perez and J.P. Howell.