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Sports in brief: Nadal tested, Federer cruises in first round at Qatar Open


nadal tested, federer cruises in opener

DOHA, Qatar — Rafael Nadal struggled past Philipp Kohlschreiber while defending Qatar Open champion Roger Federer routed Nikolay Davydenko in their season openers Tuesday.

The second-ranked Nadal overcame Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-7 (7-2), 6-3 in a match that lasted 2½ hours. Federer, who lost badly to Nadal and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic over the weekend at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, showed he had shaken off the rust by overwhelming the injury-plagued Davydenko 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes.

Also, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat wild card Malek Jaziri 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5), 6-1 and fourth-ranked Gael Monfils defeated Rui Machado 7-5, 6-3.

Brisbane International: Tampa resident Sam Stosur's first tournament on home soil since winning the U.S. Open ended in an upset second-round loss to Iveta Benesova today. The top-seeded Stosur was broken in the crucial seventh game in Australia and dropped serve twice in the second set of a 6-4, 6-2 defeat. Tuesday, Andy Murray overcame big returns from Mikhail Kukushkin for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win in his first singles match since late November. The top-seeded Scot lost the first four games. Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters rallied from 3-0 down in the third set to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.


Beckham staying put with Galaxy

David Beckham's days in Major League Soccer are apparently not over after all.

The president of the French club Paris-St. Germain, which had been trying to add Beckham as the first prize signing for new coach Carlo Ancelotti, said Beckham would not be joining the club.

"David Beckham is not coming," the president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. "We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal."

Al-Khelaifi said Beckham would return to the Galaxy, which won the MLS title last season in the final year of his five-year contract.

No appeal: Liverpool will not appeal Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension, assessed by a Football Association panel that concluded the forward repeatedly racially abused an opponent during a match.

et cetera

IndyCar: The IndyCar Series has selected Beaux Barfield as its new director for racing, the Associated Press reported. He replaces Brian Barnhart, who lost race control responsibilities last month.

Dakar Rally: A French motorcyclist was in critical condition after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during rally. Sebastien Coue apparently crashed during the second stage in San Juan, Argentina, and was exposed to temperatures above 104 degrees, Teodoro J. Schestakow Hospital said.

baseball: Free-agent centerfielder Coco Crisp agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Athletics. … Infielder Greg Dobbs agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Marlins.

Winter sports: Marlies Schild stretched her World Cup slalom winning streak to five, cruising in Zagreb, Croatia, while overall leader Lindsey Vonn finished ninth despite a stomach illness. Vonn leads the overall standings.

Swimming: Michigan and FIU won top honors in men and women's divisions respectively at the Orange Bowl Classic in Key Largo. In securing their fourth consecutive Orange Bowl title, the Wolverines swept all 12 events. George Mason was second and Saint Leo third in the men's division.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Nadal tested, Federer cruises in first round at Qatar Open 01/03/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:24am]
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