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Soccer: european championship

violence surrounds england-russia draw

PARIS — Fighting fans, tear gas and riot police returned to the streets of Marseille on Saturday, before and after England's 1-1 draw with Russia at the European Championship.

Clashes between England and Russia supporters even broke out inside the stadium at the final whistle, after Vasily Berezutsky headed the equalizer in stoppage time. England had taken a 73rd-minute lead on a free kick by Eric Dier.

The fighting at Stade Velodrome came on a third straight day of hooliganism in the Mediterranean port city. The latest violence prompted police to use water cannons on the troublemakers.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one British citizen was "seriously injured" in the clashes.

UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, condemned the fighting fans, saying "people engaging in such violent acts have no place in football." It said it would investigate the clashes.

The violence overshadowed the second day of the event, which saw Wales make a winning return to tournament soccer after 58 years with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. Switzerland opened with a 1-0 win against Albania.

Gareth Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu scored to give Wales its first major championship-match victory since the 1958 World Cup.

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Rowdies' spring season ends with draw on road

The Rowdies entered the day with an outside shot at winning the NASL's spring season title but fell short with a 1-1 tie with host Jacksonville.

Tampa Bay (4-2-4) needed to score at least six goals and win by five or more to pull ahead of the New York Cosmos. Instead, it finished with 16 points and will be two behind the winner, who will be determined today by the result of the Fort Lauderdale-Edmonton game.

Jacksonville defender Shawn Nicklaw was shown a straight red card in the 46th minute, but six minutes later Jacksonville scored first, on Junior Sandoval's long-range strike. A long-range goal from Junior Burgos in the 84th minute tied it.

"I'm frustrated by the result," Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. "We created lots of opportunities. Their keeper made a couple of good saves, and we had some bad finishes."

tennis

Federer falls in semifinals of Wimbledon tuneup

Roger Federer squandered two match points and lost to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semifinal at Stuttgart, Germany.

Thiem, seeded third, plays seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber for the title of the Wimbledon tuneup. Kohlschreiber beat wild card Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 in a match that had a long rain delay in the second set.

Thiem led 5-0 in the second set, but the top-seeded Federer pulled even by winning five straight games. In the tiebreaker, Federer wasted one match point with a smash into the net. On the second, he tried to serve and volley behind a second serve but was passed by an impeccable return. Thiem won the set with a smash.

"I was incredibly nervous," Thiem said. "I was fortunate in the tiebreaker, but you need good luck to beat the best player on grass."

Thiem beat Federer in the third round of the claycourt Italian Open this year before Federer took a month off to deal with a back injury that forced him to miss the French Open.

"It was a good match from both of us in tough conditions," Federer said. "I was pleased with how I played. I think I can play better in some big moments, but he came up with some really good shots when he needed it."

Wimbledon begins June 27.

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cycling: Fabian Cancellara rode on rain-slicked roads to win the 4-mile opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland, the last major warmup for the Tour de France next month.

WNBA: Seimone Augustus scored 21 points as Minnesota tied its record for the best start in league history with an 83-76 win over host Washington. Minnesota (10-0) matched its 2012 start.

Times staff, wires

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