Friday, February 23, 2018
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tennis

djokovic, murray, nadal move on in madrid

MADRID — Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal made their way into the Madrid Open quarterfinals Thursday, each with straight-set wins.

Top-ranked Djokovic beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-1 for his 30th win of the season, the most on the ATP Tour. Defending champion Murray defeated Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2, and Nadal topped American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2.

"I wanted to be aggressive, and it's what I've done," said Djokovic, who had 25 winners and only 11 unforced errors. "The conditions were quite different than (Wednesday). It was a bit slower but a bit more windier, so I had to be concentrating."

Djokovic next faces 10th-ranked Milos Raonic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal struggled early against the 37th-ranked Querrey and was one point away from trailing 5-1 in the first set.

In the women's tournament, 19-year-old American qualifier Louisa Chirico defeated Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 to reach the semifinals. Chirico, ranked 130th ranked, became the first American teenager to reach the semifinals of a top claycourt event since Ashley Harkleroad in 2003 in Charleston, S.C.

soccer

Liverpool, Sevilla in Europa final

Liverpool stands in the way of a third straight Europa League title for Sevilla after the clubs with a rich pedigree in Europe's second-tier competition reached the final.

Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 at home to advance 5-3 on aggregate. The Spanish club is looking to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League for a record-extending fifth time in the past 11 years.

Liverpool, a three-time Europe League winner, overturned a first-leg deficit against Villarreal by winning 3-0 at home to go through 3-1 on aggregate.

EPL: Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth were banned for three matches each for a clash in the English Premier League on Sunday. They will miss the rest of the league season. Fellaini will be available for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21.

Copa America: Barcelona star Neymar and Chelsea midfielder Oscar were left off Brazil's squad for the tournament in the United States next month. Brazil coach Dunga accepted Barcelona's request to use Neymar either at the Copa America or at the Olympics in August, and the Olympics won. Oscar was on the preliminary roster but did not make the final cut.

U.S. HALL OF FAME: World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS commissioner Don Garber were elected to the Hall.

et cetera

SOFTBALL: Pitcher Monica Abbott signed a six-year deal with the expansion Scrap Yard Dawgs of the women's National Pro Fastpitch league, a deal ESPN reported is expected to pay her $1 million. The contract of Abbott, 31, is believed to be the most lucrative paid by an individual American professional franchise to an active female athlete in team sports, ESPN said.

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