Djokovic deals Nadal second defeat at French Open, will face Murray in semifinals

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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 in a Wednesday quarterfinal to hand the Spaniard only his second loss at the French Open.

The knockout by the top seed ended Nadal's chance to earn a record trophy at Roland Garros after lifting it in nine of the last 10 years. The victory puts Djokovic in a semifinal against third-...Read more

Wawrinka stuns Federer in straight sets; Ivanovic back in semifinals

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PARIS -- Stan Wawrinka beat Roger Federer for only the third time in his career, reaching the semifinals of the French Open on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

There were some scattered jeers in the crowd as Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open winner, improved his record against his second-seeded Swiss compatriot to 3-16.

Wawrinka, ...Read more

Federer gets redemption while Djokovic, Nadal set for quarterfinal match; Sharapova loses

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PARIS -- Second seed Roger Federer completed unfinished business, beating Gael Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach his 11th quarterfinal at the French Open on Monday.

The 2009 titleholder secured victory after losing to the Frenchman in their last two meetings. Federer advanced in just over two hours to win a contest halted at a set each ...Read more

Big Ten basketball: Shannon Ryan's preseason power rankings

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Simple math explains how dominant the Big Ten was last season.

Half of the Final Four consisted of teams from the conference, with Michigan State making a surprise appearance and Wisconsin ending Kentucky's undefeated season to reach the NCAA championship game.

A repeat performance isn't out of the question.

As Big Ten media day unofficially ...Read more

Indian Wells tennis tournament director Steve Simon leaving for WTA

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Steve Simon, a leader in tennis innovation on the pro tour for the last decade, is leaving the Indian Wells tennis tournament to become chief executive of the Women's Tennis Association.

Simon, currently tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, will replace Stacey Allaster, who held the job for the last six years. Allaster ...Read more

Injury reports matter of secrecy and intrigue for many Big Ten coaches

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Unlike the NFL, college football has no policy for reporting injuries.

So the Big Ten essentially has 14 different policies, one for each coach, and even those 14 sometimes change based on who's injured, who's left on the schedule and who's asking the question.

It's an interesting time to explore this, given the carnage that has taken place as...Read more

Teddy Greenstein's Big Ten power rankings

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The sometimes-silly season is over. The real deal is coming up. Goodbye, Hawaii, Kent State and North Texas. Hello, conference games.

These power rankings are based on the teams' records and what's expected.

1. Ohio State (4-0)

What we've learned: The quarterback quandary has overshadowed a phenomenal defense.

Reason to love: Gobs of talent,...Read more

Another U.S. Open shocker: Flavia Pennetta announces retirement after winning title

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NEW YORK -- The people who created 401ks thought they were so smart with their retirement plan. They can't hold a candle to Flavia Pennetta's, either in substance or style.

The 33-year-old won the U.S. Open women's singles here Saturday, playing before a crowd of 23,771 in the largest tennis stadium in the world and beating her longtime friend,...Read more

Djokovic, Federer breeze to wins, will face off in final

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NEW YORK -- Friday was a day of great drama at the U.S. Open, and Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made sure none of it was repeated in their respective semifinals.

Serena Williams lost a shocker in the afternoon to Italy's Roberta Vinci. Vinci's 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory was preceded by another upset, although one much less stunning than Williams ...Read more

Rain forces all four semifinals at U.S. Open to be played on Friday

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NEW YORK -- The heavy rain came as expected here Thursday, meaning Friday's U.S. Open tournament will feature four semifinals, not just the men's two.

They used to have a Super Saturday, and now that will be a day earlier. Next year there will be a roof to prevent postponements.

The women's matches that will have Serena Williams against ...Read more

Two major challengers to Serena Willams fade out at US Open

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NEW YORK -- After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus, talk at the U.S. Open turned to who might be able to derail Serena's Grand Slam quest.

The quick, easy -- and likely correct -- answer was: nobody.

The leading candidates seemed to be Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, a two-time Wimbledon champion, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, a ...Read more

Cilic serves a reminder

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NEW YORK -- Marin Cilic won the U.S. Open tennis tournament's men's singles title last year and then everybody pretty much forgot about him.

He didn't play much after that, nursing a shoulder injury, not even playing in 2015 until Indian Wells in March. And there were always the more rich and famous to write and talk about, the Roger Federers ...Read more

Serena defeats Venus in three sets to advance to Semifinals

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NEW YORK -- Big sister didn't go down softly. Her serve registered just as big, her forehands often as dangerous. However, little sister is the one laying claim to being the best women's player in the history of their sport. The little bit extra Serena Williams had was apparent at the end of three sets Tuesday night in their U.S. Open ...Read more

US Open men's side serving some interesting finishes

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NEW YORK -- While all eyes here have been focused on Serena Williams and her march to the completion of a Grand Slam, the men's side of the U.S. Open tennis tournament is also heading toward some interesting finishes.

Novak Djokovic, top-seeded and in pursuit of a third major title this year (Australian Open and Wimbledon), battled past Spain's...Read more

Serena rallies, but Nadal falters

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NEW YORK -- The successful march of the top-seeded players in the U.S. Open continued here Friday with contrasting degrees of drama.

But the big shocker of the night was Spain's Rafael Nadal losing at 1:30 in the morning to unheralded Fabio Fognini of Italy after taking a two-set lead. It marks the first time in 10 years that the 14-time Grand ...Read more

Top players survive the heat at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK -- Despite the heat reaching into the high 80s and extreme humidity, advances mostly came easily for the top players in the U.S. Open here Thursday.

Five-time champion and second-seeded Roger Federer waltzed through in straight sets over Steve Darcis of Belgium, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, but he got a break with a night match.

His fellow Swiss ...Read more

Serena Williams rolls on training wheels

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams did her locomotive routine again in the second round of the U.S. Open here Wednesday, and eventually completed two-sevenths of her Grand Slam quest.

The No. 1 Williams, as she often does, chug-chugged at the start, fell behind, 4-2 in the first set, to an opponent who had an infinitesimal chance of winning, and then ...Read more

Serena survives rough first set, defeats Bertens in second round

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NEW YORK -- Her match over, Serena Williams threw on a white T-shirt and moved almost directly to an outside practice court with her coach. A news conference and other niceties could wait. A crowd formed in the little grandstand by the far practice court, bigger than those at some of the actual U.S. Open playing courts as Williams worked on ...Read more

Roger Federer needn't have worried about U.S. Open opener

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer took Center Court at the U.S. Open tennis tournament here Tuesday, admitting he had the apprehensions of a newcomer.

Which he clearly is not.

This was Federer's 64th consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam event and his 16th straight U.S. Open. He has won here five times and is seeded second, behind Novak Djokovic.

In...Read more

Last year's US Open finalist Kei Nishikori a first-round loser this year

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NEW YORK -- It is a year later, and the No. 1 men's tennis player in the world had one demon exorcised at the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, without lifting a finger.

Last year, Novak Djokovic lost in a semifinal shocker to Kei Nishikori of Japan. This year, even before Djokovic could pull the wrapping off his newly strung racket, ...Read more