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In brief: Williams sisters through to 4th round

Venus Williams reacts after defeating Magdalena Rybarikova.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Venus Williams reacts after defeating Magdalena Rybarikova. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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Tennis: Finished with a mostly matter-of-fact victory in the U.S. Open’s third round Friday, defending champion Serena Williams switched into a yellow T-shirt with this bit of wisdom in blue script: “Can’t spell dynasty without nasty.”

Asked about it, Williams took the chance to push a sponsor’s new clothing line.

About the only thing Williams doesn’t need to sell anyone on is the quality of her tennis, particularly at Grand Slam tournaments. By beating serve-and-volleying Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 7-5 in New York, Williams improved to 28-1 over the past five majors.

This has been a topsy-turvy U.S. Open for the women: No. 8 Victoria Azarenka’s 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss to No. 26 Francesca Schiavone came a day after No. 4 Elena Dementieva and No. 5 Jelena Jankovic were upset. All told, 11 of the 20 highest-seeded women are gone, and the third round is only halfway done.

No. 3 Venus Williams avoided adding to the list of stunning results when she got past 46th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2, 7-5. Next up for the elder Williams: a fourth-round match against Kim Clijsters.

No. 1 Dinara Safina made it to today’s third round, but barely. She needed more than 41/2 hours to get through two three-set victories.

The best men have faced no such problems: No. 3 Rafael Nadal’s 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in the last match of Day 5 means the men seeded 1 through 16 all reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in the 41-year Open era.

The day’s other winners included No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 9 Gilles Simon.

Stricker, Furyk lead at TPC Boston

Golf: Steve Stricker birdied his first two holes, and Tiger Woods could see what was coming. Walking to the next tee at the TPC Boston, Woods said to his caddie, “He’s going to shoot 62.”

Woods’ instincts were off by one. Stricker shot 63.

Stricker ran off five straight birdies and only once came close to a bogey to share the first-round lead with Jim Furyk in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass.

Furyk, without a victory in more than two years, shot his 8-under-par 63 in the afternoon.

They were two shots clear of a group that included Angel Cabrera, Justin Leonard, Retief Goosen and Scott Verplank.

Woods failed to convert five birdie chances he had inside 12 feet and wound up with a 70.

Kim, Pettersen share lead: South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 for a share of the second-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open at Priddis, Alberta, with Suzann Pettersen at 133.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot a 74 and missed the cut.

Sluman up by a stroke: Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Del Monte Golf Course to take a one-stroke over lead Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour’s Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Bolt races to victory in 200 meters

Track and field: Usain Bolt ran the fourth-fastest 200 meters in history at Brussels, to upstage Yelena Isinbayeva, Sanya Richards and Kenenisa Bekele, who split a $1 million jackpot for winning their events in all six Golden League meets this season.

Bolt ran a 19.57 seconds on a wet track and cold conditions at the Van Damme Memorial.

World 400 champion Richards led her entire race and set the season’s leading time of 48.83.

Pole vaulter Isinbayeva needed only to clear 15 feet, 5 inches to beat Poland’s Monika Pyrek on a countback.

World and Olympic 5,000 champion Bekele won in 12 minutes, 55.31 seconds.

A Kenyan quartet beat the oldest world record in track and field, edging the 32-year-old 4x1,500-meter mark set by West Germany. William Biwott, Gideon Gathimba, Geoffrey Rono and Augustine Choge finished in 14:36.23, going just inside the 14:38.8 set by the West Germans in 1977.

Testimony begins over player’s death

Miscellany: The first day of testimony has wrapped up in the Louisville, Ky., trial of a former high school football coach charged in the death of a player. Prosecutors called four people to the stand, including the mother of the player who died.

Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School coach David Jason Stinson has pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the death of Max Gilpin. The 15-year-old collapsed while running in 94-degree heat in August 2008.

Rachel Alexandra favored at Woodward Stakes: Sensational 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra will be running against older males today and will be the heavy favorite when she goes for her ninth straight victory at the $750,000 Woodward Stakes in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Buyer says bid for Coyotes is legit: More documents flooded the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix, and the head of Ice Edge insisted his bid is still alive and will be viable when the bankrupt Coyotes are sold at auction next week.

Ice Edge CEO Anthony LeBlanc says he remains confident everything that needs to be done will be finalized by the time the team is sold on Thursday.

Tulsa downs Tulane: G.J. Kinne ran for a touchdown and threw for another in his debut as Tulsa quarterback as the Golden Hurricane beat Tulane 37-13 in the season opener for both teams at New Orleans.

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