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tennis

federer out of french open

PARIS — Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Thursday, putting an end to one of tennis' most remarkable streaks.

The last time Federer, 34, did not take part in the main draw in singles at a Grand Slam event was August 1999, when he lost in the second round of the qualifying tournament at the U.S. Open to Ivo Heuberger.

Since then, Federer has played in a record 65 straight Grand Slam singles tournaments, winning a record 17 titles.

"I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not 100 percent and feel I might be taking an unnecessary risk by playing in this event before I am really ready," Federer said in a statement. "The decision was not easy to make." Federer did not cite a specific injury.

The French Open begins Sunday.

hockey

Surprising Americans reach world semis

The United States downed the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the World Championship in Moscow. That set up a semifinal Saturday against Canada, which pounded Sweden 6-0.

Russia and Finland face off in the other semifinal.

Loaded with young talent, the Americans went into the game as heavy underdogs after losing four times in the group stage. They eliminated an experienced Czech team that won its group.

Auston Matthews, 18 and expected to be the first overall pick in next month's NHL draft, scored in the second period to tie the score and scored the only goal in the shootout.

Russia came back from 1-0 down to beat Germany 4-1. The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal since arriving from the NHL playoffs, where Washington lost to the Penguins in the second round. Finland, the only unbeaten team in the tournament, beat Denmark 5-1.

et cetera

Autos: Stewart-Haas Racing signed Kevin Harvick to a long-term contract extension, ending speculation that the 2014 Sprint Cup champion wanted to leave. Terms were not available.

Doping: Russian prosecutors said they would investigate reports that the country's athletes doped at three recent Olympics. The prosecutors said they would request information from authorities in the United States, unspecified countries and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Other Russian law enforcement agencies will also participate, the statement said.

HOrses: All 12 spots have been sold for next year's inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, a race that would be the world's richest. It would top the $10 million offered for the Dubai World Cup. The Pegasus is for older dirt runners.

soccer: Kaka remains MLS's highest-paid player at just over $7 million, according to figures released by the Players Union. The former AC Milan and Real Madrid star is earning a base salary of $6.6 million from Orlando City. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record $7,167,500. Twenty-three players have total earnings of $1 million or more, an increase of two from last year's initial salary list.

Times wires

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