Sports in brief: Federer takes Wimbledon top seed over No. 1-ranked Nadal

Tennis

Federer seeded Ahead of No. 1 Nadal

WIMBLEDON, England — Roger Federer, the defending champion and six-time Wimbledon winner, was named the No. 1 seed for Wimbledon on Wednesday ahead of Rafael Nadal in a reversal of their world rankings.

There were no surprises on the women's side, with Serena Williams at No. 1 and sister Venus at No. 2.

Nadal moved into the top world ranking after winning the French Open. Federer lost in the quarterfinals.

"There is no practical effect since they remain the leading seeds in their respective halves of the draw," Wimbledon referee Andrew Jarrett said. The draw is Friday.

More tennis: French Open finalist and Tampa resident Samantha Stosur beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne International in England. … Andy Murray will not play in Britain's Davis Cup relegation playoff against Turkey next month. But the 23-year-old said he is not retiring from the competition.

NHL

Bruins name Neely team president

Hall of Famer Cam Neely, the Bruins' former star forward, was promoted from vice president to president.

Neely, 45, fills a role that had been vacant since Harry Sinden stepped down in 2006 after 17 years in the position.

As a high-scoring right wing, Neely spent the last 10 years of his career with the Bruins after being traded by the Canucks, where he spent his first three seasons. He had 395 goals and 299 assists in 726 regular-season games. With the Bruins, he had 344 goals and 246 assists in 525 games. Neely was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.

More NHL: The Red Wings signed general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Holland, 54, has been Detroit's general manager for 13 seasons. … The Red Wings also agreed to a two-year deal with right wing Todd Bertuzzi, who had 18 goals and 44 points this past season, fifth on the team. … The Wild re-signed center James Sheppard to a one-year contract.

ET CETERA

Auto racing: If Jimmie Johnson's wife, Chandra, goes into labor with their first child this weekend while the NASCAR driver is in Sonoma, Calif., his exit plan to reach Mooresville, N.C., is set. A golf cart will whisk him to a helicopter, which will take him to a plane. The baby is due between the July 10 race in Chicago and the July 25 race in Indianapolis, but Johnson is prepared. Part-time Cup driver Aric Almirola is set to fill in.

Cycling: Germany's Marcus Burghardt won the fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland after a long breakaway during a 107-mile stage. Tony Martin of Germany retained the overall lead, 1 second ahead of Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. American Lance Armstrong, preparing for next month's Tour de France, was 21st overall, 30 seconds back.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Federer takes Wimbledon top seed over No. 1-ranked Nadal 06/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:19am]

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