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tennis

azarenka in miami open semifinals

KEY BISCAYNE — Victoria Azarenka beat 24th seed Johanna Konta in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. With Serena Williams eliminated in the fourth round as a potential obstacle, Azarenka's path to the title is less daunting. The 13th seed's opponent today is No. 2 Angelique Kerber, who beat No. 22 Madison Keys, the lone remaining American in either draw, 6-3, 6-2 .

On the men's side, David Goffin, seeded 15th, rallied past No. 18 Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. His opponent Friday is the winner of Wednesday 's late match between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 7 Tomas Berdych.

golf

Sorenstam to captain Europe in Solheim Cup next year

Annika Sorenstam will captain Europe's Solheim Cup team against the reigning champion United States next year in Des Moines, Iowa, the Ladies European Tour announced. "I had hoped and I had dreamed that this opportunity would come along," she said.

Sorenstam played in the matches eight times from 1994-2007, helping Europe win in 2000 and 2003, and was an assistant captain three times. The 45-year-old Swede won 72 times on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. She's second in Solheim Cup history with 24 points, a point behind longtime teammate Laura Davies.

Juli Inkster is returning to captain the U.S. team after leading it to a comeback victory last year in Germany.

PGA: Defending champ J.B. Holmes withdrew from the Houston Open, which begins today, with a shoulder injury.

ET CETERA

basketball: Lauren Jackson, one of the greatest women's players from outside the United States, announced her retirement, ending a 19-year career in which she was a three-time WNBA MVP with Seattle and led Australia to four Olympic medals. Jackson, 34, said right knee and left Achilles tendon injuries forced her to call it quits.

college hockey: Former NHL player and head coach Tony Granato was named coach at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Granato leaves his job as an assistant for the Red Wings to replace Mike Eaves, fired this month after 14 seasons. Wisconsin is the host school for the Frozen Four next week at Amalie Arena.

horses: Mohaymen was set as the morning line favorite over Nyquist in Saturday's Grade 1 $1 million Florida Derby showdown between the unbeaten 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Mohaymen opens with even-money odds. Nyquist is at 6-5 in the 10-horse field. The third choice was Fellowship at 15-1.

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Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

The Rays are still talking, as they should, about playing for something this season. The reality is that almost every move they've made, going back to the end of last season, and in some cases further, has been about 2019 and beyond.Clearing out vete...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK — Kevin Cash was not going to go all Lou Piniella on his Rays, raging and ripping and roaring over their latest mess, a 4-1 Saturday loss to the Yankees that didn't feel that close.Which is too bad because Piniella, the volcanic former...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

UPDATE, 11:49: Cash said he played Cron at 1B in an effort to get him more involved in the game, indicated he may do so again Sunday (with Bauers off vs. LH Sabathia) and should have done so more as Cron struggled. … Cash reiterated that CF Kev...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

NEW YORK — So what does the boss — lowercase, of course, around here — think of this up-and-down, hot-and-cold Rays season so far? Appropriately, a variety of things.In a 30-minute chat with the Tampa Bay Times before Friday's 5-0 l...
Published: 06/15/18
Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

NEW YORK — RHP Nathan Eovaldi made an impressive return to Yankee Stadium on Friday to face his high-powered former teammates.It's too bad he didn't get any help from his current mates, in what ended up a 5-0 Rays loss.Eovaldi was in command an...
Published: 06/15/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Give RHP Nathan Eovaldi credit for not letting emotions get in the way in his return to Yankee Stadium. He said he planned to treat it as all business, despite memories and friendships and he did just that, working impressively into the eighth.The Ra...
Published: 06/15/18

Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 16

TODAYArena FootballPhiladelphia at Albany6 p.m.CBSSNAutosTrucks: Iowa 250 qualifying4:30 p.m.FS2Trucks: Iowa 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles4 p.m.FSFTwins at Indians4 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners8 p.m.FoxCFLHa...
Published: 06/15/18

Captain’s Corner: Fishing this month is all about diversity

This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited, as long as you have the bait. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning, then fish for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, sharks and cobia in the afternoon. The tarp...
Published: 06/15/18