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Djokovic bounces back to win after taking spill

KEY BISCAYNE — Novak Djokovic took a nasty spill during a tight first set but pulled away and beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-1 Sunday in the third round at the Miami Open.

Djokovic fell on his left side behind the baseline as he hit a running forehand into the net to lose serve, making the set 4-all. But he rose unhurt and soon took charge, losing only 11 points in the final eight games.

"The first set was very close," Djokovic said. "It could have gone either way. I played well in the right moments."

Seeded No. 1, Djokovic is bidding for his sixth Key Biscayne championship, which would tie Andre Agassi for the men's record. Serena Williams is seeking her ninth title.

Lucky loser Horacio Zeballos reached the fourth round by saving a match point to beat Fernandez Verdasco 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Zeballos' wife is back in Argentina awaiting the birth of their child, due April 10. Zeballos said he will pull out of the tournament if his child is born.

For the women, two-time champion Victoria Azarenka overcame five double faults and held every service game to top qualifier Magda Linette 6-3, 6-0, and Floridian Madison Keys beat No. 9 Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-4.


Briton in induced coma day after middleweight defeat

British middleweight Nick Blackwell was in an induced coma a day after his defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. in London. Blackwell, 25, suffered bleeding on the brain after Saturday's fight was stopped in the 10th round. "He's in intensive care, he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being looked after by the experts," British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith said. "Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing."

Ward still unbeaten: Andre Ward defeated Sullivan Barrera by unanimous decision in his light-heavyweight debut Saturday in Oakland, Calif., despite losing a point for a low blow in the eighth round. Ward (29-0), a former Olympic gold medalist, set the stage for a potential title fight against unified champion Sergey Kovalev. Barrera (17-1) went to one knee after the low blow.


French leader: Attacks won't alter European tourney plans

The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, said this summer's European Championship will go ahead as planned, despite the attacks last November in Paris and on Tuesday in Brussels. Valls said authorities will strengthen security measures at stadiums and in fan zones. The 24-team tournament is June 10-July 10.

riot: Kenya faces sanctions for a riot that stopped play for more than 30 minutes and resulted in police firing tear gas into the stands at an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi against Guinea Bissau. Kenyan fans threw objects at the Guinea Bissau bench and the fourth official on the sidelines after the visitors scored for a 1-0 victory.


Autos: Roger Crouse won the Limited Late Model main event and Mavrick Varnadore took Open Wheel Modifieds at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton.

Rowing: Cambridge won its first Boat Race in four years, defeating university rival Oxford by 2½ lengths in the 162nd contest on London's River Thames.

Cycling: Belgian Antoine Demoitie was in intensive care after an accident in Belgium's Gent-Wevelgem race. Belgian media reported that Demoitie had been hit by a motorbike after a fall in the race, which world champion Peter Sagan won. … Nairo Quintana held on to his lead over Alberto Contador to win the Tour of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, after the 84.7-mile final stage up and down the city's Montjuic hill.

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