Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Tennis

Illness forces Nadal to withdraw in Miami

KEY BISCAYNE — Rafael Nadal slumped in a changeover chair, the blood pressure gauge strapped to his mighty left arm serving as a scoreboard. He was on the verge of defeat, and a few points later he retired from a match for the first time in six years.

Nadal, the No. 5 seed, faded in the subtropical heat and conceded after falling behind in the third set of his opening match Saturday at the Miami Open against Damir Dzumhur.

Nadal trailed 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when he called it quits after losing a point to fall 30-15 down. Nadal, 29, said he started feeling badly at the end of the first set. "It was getting worse and worse and worse," the Spaniard said. "I get a little bit scared — too dizzy."

His departure left the draw without three of the five highest-seeded men. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka lost to Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3, and No. 3 Roger Federer withdrew Friday because of a stomach virus.

For the women, eight-time champion Serena Williams earned her 20th consecutive victory at Key Biscayne by beating Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3 in the third round, and No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced.

College football

USF reinstates cornerback

Veteran USF cornerback Lamar Robbins, among two Bulls charged with firing a gun on campus last fall hours after a home victory against Syracuse, has been reinstated. "He's back on the team," Bulls coach Willie Taggart said after Saturday's practice, where Robbins had an interception. "He's just like all the other guys. He handled his business, took care of his consequences and now we're moving on and getting better and learning from our mistakes." The school indicated criminal charges were dropped against Robbins. The other player involved in the Oct. 11 incident, backup offensive lineman Benjamin Knox, reportedly has transferred to Independence (Kan.) Community College.

Obituary: Auburn's first black scholarship football player, James Owens, died Saturday after battling heart problems, his wife, Gloria, told the Opelika-Auburn News. He was 65.

Soccer

Pressure mounts after U.S. loss

With a 2-0 loss late Friday at Guatemala, the United States forced itself into a near must-win situation when the teams meet again Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. "I think it was a lack of focus, concentration, and wrong decisions," American coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. The Americans are third in Group C after three of six matches; the top two move on to next year's six-team final qualifying stage. Klinsmann already had faced heavy criticism after his team's semifinal elimination in last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and a loss to Mexico in the Confederations Cup playoff.

HOrses

California Chrome wins in Dubai

California Chrome soared to a five-length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness was second last year in the world's richest race. This time, the 5-year-old was ridden by Victor Espinoza, who was aboard American Pharoah for last year's Triple Crown sweep.

Louisiana Derby: Gun Runner won by 41/2 lengths at the Kentucky Derby prep race in New Orleans, earning $600,000.

ET CETERA

Swimming: Texas earned its second straight NCAA men's title in Atlanta as coach Eddie Reese, passed Ohio State's Mike Peppe with 12 national titles, the most in NCAA history. Florida's Caeleb Dressel set an NCAA record, winning the 100 freestyle in 40.46 seconds, to lead the Gators to third.

Running: Geoffrey Kamworor fell on the starting line of the World Half Marathon Championships but got back up to successfully defend his title in record time at Cardiff, Wales, finishing in 59:10. Fellow Kenyan Bedan Karoki (59:36) was second.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer; Times wires

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Published: 02/24/18