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Sports in brief: Tampa Bay Storm fall to Philadelphia 83-48

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Philadelphia Trounces Storm

PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 270 yards and eight touchdowns, four to Tiger Jones, and Philadelphia routed the Storm 83-48 Friday night.

The Soul scored seven first-half touchdowns on 19 offensive snaps to put Tampa Bay (3-3) in a 48-14 hole by halftime.

Tampa Bay was led by Chandler Williams, who had a game-high 127 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe came in to relieve Stephen Wasil and completed both his pass attempts for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Tennis

Distracted Djokovic reaches semifinal

Novak Djokovic dropped serve four times before beating Robin Haase 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals, saying he had thought about pulling out of the event after his grandfather's death.

Playing the day after getting the news, the top-ranked Djokovic looked distracted at times. "Obviously, it's what life gives you and takes (from) you," he said. "I was very close to him, so it was a big loss for me.

Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 6-4 for his 40th straight win at Monte Carlo.

Wrestling

Weight issue ends comeback at trials

Heavyweight Rulon Gardner, 40, ended his comeback bid on the eve of today's U.S. Olympic trials in Iowa City, Iowa, by not showing up to the weigh-in.

Gardner said in a statement released by USA Wrestling that he was within 5 pounds of the 264.5-pound limit for his weight class before falling short.

"I'm disappointed I didn't make the weigh-in," Gardner said. "I'm glad I did this and have my health back."

Gardner won gold in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens in 2004.

He added nearly 200 pounds after retiring, but a stint on the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser convinced him to give wrestling one more shot.

Et cetera

Horses: Jockey Julien Leparoux equaled a 22-year-old Keeneland record by winning six races in one day at the Lexington, Ky., track. Leparoux, 28, had eight mounts on the day and nearly broke the record — shared by Randy Romero and Craig Perret — by finishing second by a neck in one race.

Soccer: The head of Israel's football association called off matches in the top two divisions this weekend to quell on-field violence after a second match in which players brawled.

Swimming: Former Olympian Janet Evans, 40, finished third in the 400-meter freestyle consolation final, while Tyler Clary (200 fly, 200 back) won two titles at the Fran Crippen Memorial Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Track: Former world champion Caster Semenya, who had slow times early in the season, qualified for the 800 meters at the London Olympics. The South African, who won a world title in 2009 but was sidelined by a gender test controversy, finished in 1 minute, 59.58 seconds in a meet near Johannesburg. It was the second time she ran faster than the qualifying time of 1:59.90, making her eligible for her first Olympics.

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