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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.


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.


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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