September 3, 2013 in Sports

Robredo sends Federer home in straight sets

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Roger Federer won’t make the finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2002.
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Tennis: No longer the dominant presence he once was, Roger Federer lost in the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows for the first time in a decade, surprisingly beaten 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4 by 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain on Monday night in New York.

When Federer’s match was ending, the second-seeded Rafael Nadal was just getting started in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the Spaniard wound up improving to 19-0 on hard courts in 2013 with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory over 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Federer originally was to face Robredo in Ashe – the main, 23,000-capacity court – but hours of heavy rain in the afternoon muddled the schedule, including prompting the tournament to postpone two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka’s match against 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic until today.

In the three women’s matches that were played Monday, No. 10 Roberta Vinci and unseeded Flavia Pennetta set up an all-Italian quarterfinal with victories. Vinci beat yet another woman from Italy, 136th-ranked qualifier Camila Giorgi, 6-4, 6-2, while Pennetta defeated No. 21 Simona Halep of Romania 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Azarenka or Ivanovic will face Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who beat American wild-card entry Alison Riske 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

In men’s action, No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain, the runner-up to Nadal at the French Open this year, moved on by beating No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

In the quarterfinals, Ferrer will play No. 8 Richard Gasquet, who entered the day 1-15 in fourth-round Grand Slam matches but erased a match point and withstood 39 aces from No. 10 Milos Raonic to win 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (9), 7-5 on Court 17.

Also, Bob and Mike Bryan saved two set points in the first set en route to a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray that moved them two wins away from the first calendar Grand Slam in men’s doubles in 62 years.

Winston leads FSU to opening win

College Football: Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut and No. 11 Florida State dominated host Pittsburgh 41-13.

Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25 of 27 passes and running for 25 yards and a score as the Seminoles gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State.

Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw a pair of interceptions.

• Michigan loses backup RB for season: Michigan backup running back Drake Johnson, a redshirt freshman, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL sustained on his second carry in Saturday’s win over Central Michigan.

• Walsh tabbed to start for Oklahoma State: After splitting time with Clint Chelf in the Cowboys’ opener, J.W. Walsh was picked to start at quarterback for Oklahoma State on Saturday against Texas-San Antonio in Stillwater, Okla.

• Huskers QB says shoulder fine: Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez says his left, non-throwing, shoulder is fine after falling on it in the third quarter against Wyoming on Saturday, and that he’ll be full strength for this week’s game against Southern Mississippi.

Strong Mandate wins Hopeful Stakes

Miscellany: Strong Mandate, ridden by Jose Ortiz, grabbed the lead at mid-stretch and drew away to an eight-length win in the $300,000 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Strong Mandate ran seven furlongs over a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course in 1:23.55 and paid $18.60, $9.50 and $8.40.

Warzycha out as Crew coach: The Columbus Crew (8-13-5, 29 points) fired Robert Warzycha after five years as the MLS team’s head coach.

Technical director and former Crew defender Brian Bliss will fill in as interim.

• “Rocky V” boxer Morrison dies: Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie “Rocky V,” has died. He was 44.

Morrison’s former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night at an Omaha, Neb., hospital. The family would not disclose the cause of death. Morrison tested positive for HIV in February 2006.

• Blackhawks extend Crawford: The Chicago Blackhawks and goalie Corey Crawford have agreed to a six-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 NHL season.

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