June 3, 2013 in Sports

Federer overcomes slight stumble

 
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Switzerland’s Roger Federer stumbled early but rallied past France’s Gilles Simon to reach his 36th straight major quarterfinal.
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Tennis: Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open’s red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground at Paris’ Roland Garros.

Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years.

Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.

The largest comeback of the day, however, belonged to 32nd-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain. Robredo overcame a two-set deficit, defeating No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Robredo trailed 4-1 in the third set, 4-2 in the fourth and 2-0 in the fifth.

Robredo’s quarterfinal will be against another Spaniard, No. 4 David Ferrer, who eliminated No. 23 Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 6-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will face Federer, getting past Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Tsonga is 3-9 against Federer.

For the women, No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 15 Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 to extend her winning streak to 28 and set up a quarterfinal against Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion who is unseeded this year and defeated No. 8 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Sara Errani overcame breathing problems to beat No. 20 Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Errani will face 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, who eliminated 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4.

Dempsey reaches milestone in U.S. win

Soccer: Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place behind Landon Donovan on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition in Washington.

Jozy Altidore scored his first international goal in 1 1/2 years, and the Americans took a 2-0 first-half lead on an own goal by Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who misjudged a backpass from his own defense.

Morgan strikes twice to lift U.S. over Canada: Alex Morgan scored twice and Sydney Leroux added a goal to lead the United States over Canada 3-0 in their first meeting since the Americans’ 4-3 overtime win in the semifinals of last year’s Olympic women’s soccer tournament.

Blaylock facing charges after crash

Basketball: Police say former NBA star Mookie Blaylock remains hospitalized and faces two charges after a fatal crash in suburban Atlanta.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said that Blaylock, 46, is charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane.

Police say Blaylock was driving an SUV that collided head-on with a van Friday, killing a 43-year-old woman.

Veilleux wins stage 1 of Dauphine Libere

Miscellany: David Veilleux of Canada won the first stage of the Dauphine Libere race by nearly two minutes. Gianni Meersman was the runner-up.

Veilleux won the 75-mile ride around the Swiss Alpine village of Champery in 3 hours, 17 minutes, 35 seconds. Meersman of Belgium was 1:56 back.

Koech sets mark at Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon: Bernard Koech of Kenya won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in San Diego in 58 minutes, 41 seconds, the fastest time ever run in America and the fastest in the world this year.

Koech’s time ranks fourth-fastest of all time.

Simon Njoroge of Kenya won the marathon in 2:15:00.

• Ohio State president issues apology: Gordon Gee, the president of Ohio State University, has apologized to the Big Ten conference for “hurtful remarks” he made in a “misguided attempt at humor” about some university athletic programs before Ohio State’s Athletic Council in December.

He says the Big Ten universities are “some of this country’s most highly accomplished research institutions” and he’s honored to lead a Big Ten school.

An AP report last week revealed Gee said Notre Dame wasn’t allowed to join the Big Ten because its leaders weren’t good partners. He said its Roman Catholic priests were “holy hell” on days other than Sunday and joked “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted.

He also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference.

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