LONDON - Elena Baltacha, a former top-50 professional tennis player who had been fighting liver cancer since retiring from the game, died Sunday. Mark Fayne Oilers Jersey
. She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Womens Tennis Association said on its website. The Kyiv-born Baltacha, who represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was diagnosed with the illness in January, two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married her long-time coach Nino Severino. "We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally," Severino said in a statement. "She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness." Baltacha was born into a sporting family. Father Sergei played football for Dynamo Kyiv and English club Ipswich, and won a bronze medal for the Soviet Union at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Mother Olga represented the Soviet Union in the pentathlon. After being diagnosed with a chronic liver condition aged 19, Baltacha dealt with illness throughout her career, receiving medication and regular blood tests. "Elenas journey was never an easy one and yet she consistently showed her strength, good humour and indomitable spirit," WTA chairman Stacey Allaster said. Her best ranking was 49th in 2010, and she reached the third round at Grand Slam tournaments three times — at Wimbledon in 2002, and at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2010. Ankle problems eventually forced her to retire in November, and she had hoped to use her experience to develop the next generation of British players. "We have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis - a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend," former Fed Cup coach Iain Bates said. "We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and womens tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news." Baltacha had already planned a tennis charity event in June, "Rally for Bally," to raise money for a cancer hospital and her tennis academy. It will go ahead in her memory, with competitors including childhood friend Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman. "Bally was such a caring human being, always putting others before herself, and a warm, fun person," the WTAs Allaster said. "A shining example of her commitment to looking out for the welfare of others is the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, which she established so that children from disadvantaged backgrounds could learn to play the game she loved so dearly." Jordan Eberle Jersey
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. - The Minnesota Vikings have ruled Christian Ponder out for Sundays game at Baltimore, because the quarterback has not yet passed all of his post-concussion tests. ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have put starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list. The Cardinals made the moves Sunday after their 5-3 win over Philadelphia. The right-handed Wacha has a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. He is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the defending NL champions. Garcia has re-aggravated his surgically repaired left shoulder. He is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said it was too early to determine when the players will return. He said the team was aware of Garcias soreness, but the Wacha ailment took him by surprise. "This was a little shocking to all of us," Mozeliak said. "In terms of how long hes going to be out, I dont know that. Were going to give him a couple weeks and see how he is and then re-evaluate. Wayne Gretzky Jersey
. " Wacha said he has not felt right the last couple starts. "Its just tightness, it just takes a little bit longer to warm up," Wacha said. "Its a little discomfort, something Im not used to." Garcia missed all but nine starts last season and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He could be forced to undergo a third surgery. Wacha was the MVP of the NL championship series as a rookie last season throwing 13 2-3 shutout innings against Los Angeles. Garcia went 26-15 between 2010 and 2011 before suffering shoulder injuries the next two seasons. Mozeliak indicated that Carlos Martinez will likely remain in the starting rotation. Martinez went five innings and picked up the win in Sundays 4-1 victory. NFL Jerseys China
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