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Sports in brief: John Isner beats James Blake



WASHINGTON — John Isner edged Tampa neighbor, pal and doubles partner James Blake 7-6 (7-0), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) Thursday in a match delayed a day by rain to reach the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason Classic.

Isner hit 13 aces and overcame 46 unforced errors, including seven double faults, to beat Blake for the second time in a span of two weeks. Isner also needed three sets to top Blake in Atlanta on July 21, the first time they faced each other as pros.

Blake won more points Thursday, 112-103, but Isner was better in the tiebreakers, helped by a big serve.

Wednesday's rain forced some to play two matches in one day.

More tennis: Rafael Nadal says he is feeling well and can play for Spain in the Davis Cup semifinals against France, Sept. 16-18.

Et cetera

Soccer: Jurgen Klinsmann announced the squad for his first game as U.S. coach, mixing mainstays such as Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and captain Carlos Bocanegra with up-and-comers Brek Shea, Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Bill Hamid. He also brought back DaMarcus Beasley for the first time since last year's World Cup and gave another shot to Freddy Adu. The United States plays Mexico at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Philadelphia (ESPN2).

NBA: Darius Miles, an NBA player from 2000-2009, was arrested after guards found him taking a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis, a jail official said. Miles, 29, was booked then released. No charges have been filed. … Commissioner David Stern reportedly makes less than baseball's Bud Selig or the NFL's Roger Goodell, leaving his salary far below the $23 million that has been reported. That had angered locked-out players. Selig makes more than $18 million annually. Goodell receives about $10 million in salary, bonus and incentives.

OLYMPICS: China's most decorated Winter Olympic athlete Wang Meng was expelled from the country's short track speedskating squad after a drunken brawl with her team manager last month at a training camp. State-run Xinhua News Agency said Wang punched Wang Chunlu after being criticized for failing to meet a curfew after a night out with five teammates. Male speed skater Liu Xianwei also was expelled, reportedly for stirring things up between Wang Meng and Wang Chunlu.

Swimming: Jessica Hardy won the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. national championships in Stanford, Calif. She outraced Ann Chandler over the final lap and touched in 1 minute, 6.81 seconds.

Cycling: Top American team HTC-Highroad is folding after five years, unable to secure a long-term sponsor. Featuring riders such as 20-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Caven­dish of Britain, top time trialist Tony Martin of Germany and up-and-coming American Tejay van Garderen, the squad won 484 races, including 54 grand tour stages.

NHL: The Canucks signed former Lightning forward/enforcer Todd Fedoruk, 32, to a tryout contract. He did not play in the NHL last season after Tampa Bay bought out his contract.

Times wires

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