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ILL FEDERER WITHDRAWS AT MIAMI OPEN

KEY BISCAYNE — Roger Federer, scheduled to play his opening match in the Miami Open on Friday, postponed his return from knee surgery because of a stomach virus. Federer has been sidelined since having arthroscopic surgery Feb. 3 for torn cartilage in his left knee.

"I feel bad for the tournament and the fans, as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice," Federer said in a statement. "I have not felt great for a few days, and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours. I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but am in no condition to play.''

Federer's return will now likely be on clay next month at Monte Carlo. He was replaced in the Key Biscayne draw by lucky loser Horacio Zeballos.

soccer

U.S. U-23 team ties in quest for Olympic spot

Luis Gil scored in the fifth minute, and the United States held on for a 1-1 tie against Colombia at Barranquilla in the opener of a two-leg playoff for the final berth in this year's men's Olympic tournament. In the under-23 matchup, Colombia had 76 percent possession in the first half but didn't break through until Juan Quintero tied it with a penalty kick in the 68th. The second leg of the total-goals series is Tuesday at Frisco, Texas. The United States is in danger of failing to qualify for consecutive Olympics for the first time since 1960-68. Jordan Morris, playing with the under-23s instead of in the U.S. national team's late Friday World Cup qualifier at Guatemala, hit the crossbar in the 64th minute.

MORE SOCCER: France beat the Netherlands 3-2 in an emotionally charged international friendly at Amsterdam Arena that was preceded by a minute's silence for victims of the Brussels bombings. The match halted in the 14th minute to pay tribute to Johan Cruyff a day after the Ajax and Barcelona great died at age 68. He wore No. 14 for Ajax, the club that launched his career.

ET CETERA

picabo street update: Utah prosecutors moved to drop domestic violence charges against Olympic gold-medal skier Picabo Street and recommended the case be sent to a state office that investigates abuse of elder and vulnerable adults. She is accused of throwing her father, 76, down the stairs and locking him in a basement.

NFL: The Falcons agreed to terms with linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who started 51 games in four seasons for the Ravens. …The Saints matched the offer that restricted free agent tight end Josh Hill signed with the Bears.

HORSES: California Chrome will start 11th in today's 12-horse field at the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race that is run under the lights in the United Arab Emirates.

Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

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