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Danell Leyva’s dogs put down after latest bite incident

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Danell Leyva believes two of his family’s three American bulldogs were put down after one of them bit Leyva three times about one month ago.

Leyva was in bed when he heard his mom screaming after the male dogs — Pirata and Hercules — spontaneously started fighting. The family has one other American bulldog, a female named Jade.

“I pulled one away, and as I was like holding him back, [Pirata] grabbed onto my leg,” Leyva said Thursday, ahead of the P&G Championships that start Friday in Hartford, Conn. “Then I was kind of like prying his mouth open with my hands, and he bit my fingers a little bit. I was kind of pushing him away. Then when I go to move away, he bit my same leg again, for a second time. A little harder and a little longer.”

Leyva, who was also bit in the face by Pirata in 2012, said the dogs fought for about an hour before animal control arrived.

By then Leyva had already left for the hospital. Leyva had his left leg wrapped with special gauze — not stitches — to cover a “big, deep, wide hole.”

Leyva believes the dogs were put down fairly quickly.

“One of the dogs, he was basically gone [before animal control arrived],” Leyva said. “They got there, and he was like laying down. I feel like the only reason why he was able to walk out was probably the adrenaline of the fight. But I’m sure that they put him down. My mom said that he was barely even breathing. The other one, he was still aggressive, so they probably put him down right away as well.”

Leyva said he’s been training for “quite a bit.” He saw a doctor on Tuesday and was told he healed in record time.

Julia Fincher contributed to this report from Hartford.

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2020 French Open women’s singles draw, results

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If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.

Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.

Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.

Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.

The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.

The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, results

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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