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Djokovic slips and slides to rainy victory

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns in hard-fought win over David Goffin of Belgium. (Associated Press)
No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns in hard-fought win over David Goffin of Belgium. (Associated Press)

Tennis Novak Djokovic spent the better part of a rainy Tuesday at the French Open wondering when – and even whether – he would wind up playing his first-round match at the only Grand Slam tournament he’s yet to win.

Unlike Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Roland Garros does not have a roof at any court.

Unlike the U.S. Open, though, at least there is a definitive timeline to build one.

Djokovic is thrilled about that forthcoming addition in Paris, even if it won’t come until 2018. The improvements would have contributed to a more stress-free evening for the man ranked and seeded No. 1, who slipped and slid his way along the red clay to a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 victory over David Goffin in the first round.

“It was a difficult day, because we have been waiting for hours and hours. I think I warmed up five or six times today,” Djokovic said.

Among the others winners were 2010 French Open runner-up and 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, who beat 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan 6-0, 6-2.

Saban backs 9-game SEC schedule

College football: Alabama coach Nick Saban has a strong – and seemingly solitary – stance on the Southeastern Conference potentially moving to a nine-game league schedule.

Saban said he would like to see the SEC expand from eight to nine games, an opinion that surely will draw debate and dissent during the league’s annual spring meetings this week.

Saban was the only SEC coach to publicly call for increasing the number of league games, the biggest topic being discussed during daylong meetings held in the resort town of Destin, Fla. SEC presidents and chancellors could vote on the issue Friday.

Others, including Georgia’s Mark Richt, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Mississippi’s Hugh Freeze, want to keep things status quo.

Former football star found dead: Authorities say a former college football quarterback who went missing over the weekend has been found dead in Michigan.

Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson said Cullen Finnerty’s body was found Tuesday night. Robinson said the cause of death isn’t yet known, but authorities don’t suspect foul play.

Finnerty, 30, led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles and more than 50 wins during his four years as a starter in Allendale, Mich., last decade.

Colorado forces out former Idaho A.D.

Colleges: In a surprising move, Mike Bohn is out as the athletic director at the University of Colorado after eight years.

Colorado administrators forced Bohn out, said a source with knowledge of the situation.

The Denver Post obtained an email Bohn sent to athletic department staff which clearly indicated he was stunned by the news.

“This is a very disappointing, troubling and shocking development as we have made so much progress together over the past eight years,” Bohn wrote in an email.

CU’s official stance is that Bohn resigned.

Bohn was athletic director at Idaho from 1999-2003.

Christie supports Rutgers president

College basketball: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he has “absolute confidence” in the president of Rutgers University even as some lawmakers have called for Robert Barchi to step down amid a string of embarrassing revelations for the university’s athletic department.

Christie said he doesn’t want to micromanage the university and won’t weigh in on whether incoming athletic director Julie Hermann should start at the school as scheduled on June 17.

“Not my call,” he said during his monthly call-in show on New Jersey 101.5 radio. “I’m confident in President Barchi’s judgment.”

Since Sunday, there have been revelations that volleyball players at Tennessee complained that Hermann abused them verbally and emotionally when she coached there in the 1990s and that she was involved in a sexual discrimination lawsuit while she was an administrator at Louisville.