Monday, December 18, 2017
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Sports in brief: Federer matches Sampras' run at No. 1

tennis

federer ties sampras' mark at no. 1

WIMBLEDON, England — By tying Pete Sampras with a record seven Wimbledon titles, Roger Federer also has tied the American's career mark of 286 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

In Monday's new rankings, Federer jumps from No. 3 to the top, overtaking Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Federer last was No. 1 in June 2010. Djokovic, who'd been No. 1 since winning Wimbledon last year, lost to Federer in this year's semifinals. Andy Murray, who lost to Federer in Sunday's final, remains at No. 4.

There's also a new leader in the WTA rankings: Victoria Azarenka rises one spot from No. 2 while Maria Sharapova drops from No. 1 to No. 3.

autos

Failed test surprises Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger is "shell-shocked" by his failed drug test, and his business manager said the suspended NASCAR driver is working hard to determine what went wrong.

Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR just before Saturday night's race at Daytona for failing a random June 29 drug test. NASCAR on Monday received an official request for Allmendinger's "B" sample to be tested.

"He was a little dumbfounded and shell-shocked Saturday night, and (Sunday), it just seemed a little surreal," business manager Tara Ragan said. "It's just so far from AJ's character, and he's trying to come to terms with what has just happened and figure out how this could happened and respect NASCAR's process."

Penske Racing will use Sam Hornish Jr. this weekend at New Hampshire in Allmendinger's No. 22 Dodge. NASCAR and Penske officials haven't said what Allmendinger tested positive for.

cycling

Suit dismissed but Armstrong can refile

A federal judge handed Lance Armstrong a quick setback as he went to court to save his seven Tour de France titles and his reputation.

Armstrong filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency from moving ahead with charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his long career.

Within hours, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, Texas, dismissed the 80-page complaint. He did not rule on the merits of Armstrong's claims and will let him refile.

et cetera

Horses: The owner of I'll Have Another says he sold his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to a farm in Japan for $10 million. J. Paul Reddam made his comments in a blog appearing on bloodhorse.com. I'll Have Another was retired with a tendon injury the day before he was to run in the Belmont Stakes.

Soccer: Rowdies forward Tsu­yoshi Yoshitake is the NASL player of the month for June. He scored four goals and had one assist in three games last month.

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