Serena Williams will have to wait before continuing her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam: Her U.S. Open semifinal was postponed because of rain in the forecast.

The top-seeded Williams was supposed to face 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci on Thursday night at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., but the U.S. Tennis Association — citing a prediction of "rain throughout the evening" — pushed both women's semifinals to Friday. The first women's match, a semifinal between No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 26 Flavia Pennetta, will begin at 10 a.m. Central time, followed by Williams-Vinci. The men's semifinals will begin in late afternoon.

International Basketball

Bjelica helps Serbia advance

Serbia, lifted by incoming Timberwolves player Nemanja Bjelica, finished the toughest group undefeated at the European basketball championship by beating Italy 101-82 in Berlin.

Bjelica had 19 points and eight rebounds for Serbia and helped shut down Italy's powerful front line.

Serbia won Group A with a 5-0 record and will take on Finland in the first knockout game on Sunday.

College basketball

Calipari backlash changes plan

Memphis officials have changed their minds because of booster backlash and will not honor former Tigers coach John Calipari for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Just hours after announcing a dinner Dec. 28 benefiting the Tigers and honoring Calipari, Memphis President M. David Rudd issued a statement on Twitter changing the plan.

"I apologize for the unnecessary upset, embarrassment and genuine distress generated by the issue of honoring Coach John Calipari," Rudd wrote.

Memphis fans have long been upset Calipari left for Kentucky in 2009.

College FOOTball

Michigan drops lineman

Michigan offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman was kicked off the team for unacceptable conduct that the school didn't describe.

Tuley-Tillman played at times with the first string in the season opener.

Hilltoppers win, but back is hurt

•Host Western Kentucky beat Louisiana Tech 41-38 in a Conference USA game, but Hilltoppers running back Leon Allen left because of a left leg injury in the third quarter and did not return. He rushed for 1,542 yards last season.

•East Tennessee State suffered another tough loss in its return to football, falling to Division III Maryville College of Tennessee 28-21. East Tennessee State was coming off a 56-16 loss to Kennesaw State last week.

AROUND THE HORN

Golf: Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 66 to claim a share of the lead with Mi Hyang Lee in the opening round of the LPGA Tour's Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

NHL: Buffalo added veteran depth to its defense, signing free-agent Cody Franson to a two-year contract worth $6.65 million.

Youth baseball: Little League changed its age requirement, phasing 13-year-olds out of the division that plays in the annual Little League World Series. Now players who turn 13 before September will be ineligible. The new rule would have eliminated 67 of the 209 players at the World Series this year.

NBA: The New Jersey Nets signed veteran free-agent swingman Dahntay Jones, who has played for seven NBA teams over 11 seasons and is always coveted for his defense.

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