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djokovic could face nadal in french semifinal

PARIS — In his quest to complete a career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic might have to beat nine-time champ Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals.

Djokovic, who faces 100th-ranked Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, was put in the same side of the draw as Nadal on Friday. The top-ranked Serb beat Nadal in the quarterfinals last year.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray could meet in the other semifinal.

Murray is seeded second for the first time at Roland Garros and faces qualifier Radek Stepanek in his first match.

In the women's draw, Serena Williams' attempt to equal Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 major titles includes a possible quarterfinal match against Victoria Azarenka.

Williams, the defending champion, opens against 76th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova. Before a potential quarterfinal match against Azarenka, the top-ranked American might also face Kristina Mladenovic and former champion Ana Ivanovic. In the semifinals, Williams could face third-seeded Angelique Kerber, who beat her in the Australian Open final in January.

Play begins Sunday.

more tennis: Wawrinka beat Lukas Rosol 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and Marin Cilic beat David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 to advance to today's Geneva Open final. … Mirjana Lucic-Baroni beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-1 and Caroline Garcia beat Virginie Razzano 6-7 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5 to advance to today's final of the Strasbourg International in France. … Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-3 and Alexander Zverev beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach today's Nice Open final in France.

olympics

USOC leader: Have to address doping

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee said in his first comments about the latest anti-doping crisis that it is "increasingly difficult to defend the current system." USOC CEO Scott Blackmun spoke about America's preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Games as many U.S. athletes believe not everybody will be on a level playing field when the Olympics start in August. "If the recently reported allegations prove to be true, we need to admit that the system is flawed," he said. "We need to fix it, and we need to find a way to assure the athletes in Rio that they are competing on a fair and level playing field." A New York Times story last week detailed former Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov's plans to ensure that Russian athletes would not test positive at the Sochi Olympics by replacing dirty urine samples with clean ones.

450,000 condoms

An estimated 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the 2012 London Games, the International Olympic Committee said. For the first time, 100,000 female condoms will be available, along with 350,000 for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant will also be supplied. The IOC said the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex. The condoms will be distributed free from a clinic in the Athletes' Village, or from vending machines.

et cetera

track: Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the 100 meters in 9.98 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

soccer: Scottish champion Celtic hired Brendan Rodgers, 43, as coach, seven months he was fired by Liverpool.

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