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Sports in brief: French Open champ Schiavone ousted in first round

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schiavone ousted in first round

EASTBOURNE, England — French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and defending champ Caroline Wozniacki lost first-round matches Tuesday at the Eastbourne International.

Schiavone, seeded second, fell to Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-3. The top-seeded Wozniacki lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to Aravane Rezai.

Kim Clijsters fared far better in her first match on grass in nearly four years, defeating Yanina Wickmayer 6-1, 6-1 in this Wimbledon warmup.

On the men's side, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro beat Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to line up a second-round meeting with Denis Istomin. Second-seeded Feliciano Lopez retired after receiving shoulder treatment. He was trailing wild card James Ward 6-3, 5-4.

Unicef Open: Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic made an early exit, losing to Alejandro Falla 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Ljubicic had 12 aces but Falla's play was more consistent. Xavier Malisse reached the quarterfinals for a second straight week when he beat Daniel Brands 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

In the women's draw, third-seeded Maria Kirilenko retired with an abdominal injury against Kirsten Flipkens, who was leading 6-3, 3-3. Andrea Petkovic knocked out Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1.

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Storm DB McIntosh is player of week

Tampa Bay Storm defensive back Erick McIntosh was named defensive player of the week.

McIntosh intercepted the first pass of his career Friday in a win over the Alabama Vipers. He added five solo and six assisted tackles and broke up a key pass in the fourth quarter.

Soul returning to league: Former league champion Philadelphia Soul will return for the 2011 season without former co-owner Jon Bon Jovi. Co-owner Craig Spencer and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski are part of the new ownership group. The Soul shut down after winning the Arena­Bowl championship in 2008.

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Lightning post not for Red Wings' Martin

Red Wings director of hockey administration Ryan Martin turned down an offer from Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to be Tampa Bay's salary cap expert.

Bruins: Hall of Famer Cam Neely will be named team president, the Associated Press reported. The Bruins have not had a president since Harry Sinden stepped down in 2006 after 17 years in the position.

Canadiens: The team bought out the final season of Georges Laraque's three-year, $4.5 million contract. In two seasons, Laraque, 33, had one goal and four assists in 61 games.

Canucks: Defenseman Aaron Rome, 26, signed a two-year contract extension.

ET CETERA

Soccer: Kwame "J.J." Adjeman-Pamboe scored a goal and assisted two others, helping the Tampa Bay Rowdies advance to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 win against Dallas Legends F.C. Northeast High graduate Chad Burt scored in the second minute against Legends, an adult amateur team.

cycling: Alessandro Petacchi won the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland after a crash took down many riders in a final sprint. Tony Martin retained the lead despite being delayed by the spill at the end of the ride to Wettingen. Mark Cavendish received a 30-second penalty for a "dangerous" move out of his line during the final sprint.

autos: Ryan Hunter-Reay has teamed with two American ethanol companies for this weekend's race at Iowa. His sponsorship was scheduled to run out following the Texas race.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief: French Open champ Schiavone ousted in first round 06/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:59am]

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