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STORM FREE AGENT, INJURED IN CRASH, STABLE AFTER SURGERY

Pro football

Arena Football League all-time leading receiver Lawrence Samuels, who was injured in a car accident Thursday in Pasco County, was in stable condition Friday after surgery on two broken bones in his left leg at Bayfront Medical Center, according to Storm spokesman Jim Robinson.

Samuels, a 38-year-old free agent who played 14 seasons with the Storm, injured his ribs and broke his left tibia and fibula when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle and sent off the road and into a tree near the intersection of State Road 52 and Quail Ridge Road, according to the Storm.

He was traveling with his 2-year-old daughter who was unharmed.

Doctors at Bayfront will monitor Samuels until next week, and he will begin physical therapy this morning.

"We will support he and his family in whatever way we can as they work with the Bayfront medical team through his recovery and the healing process," Storm coach Tim Marcum said in a release. "And in the future, should he look to come back to the field, we will work to keep him a part of the Storm organization."

Tennis

Federer advances, Blake misses chances

Roger Federer moved a step closer to a third consecutive Swiss Indoors title when he beat Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of his hometown event in Basel, Switzerland.

"I tried to step up the pressure and so far that's worked well," Federer said.

Federer plays Feliciano Lopez today. Lopez ousted fourth seed and Tampa resident James Blake 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).

"This one hurt," said Blake, who is trying to qualify for the Masters Cup for the top eight players. "I had break points in three or four different games."

ST. PETERSBURG Open: Andy Murray advanced to his fifth straight ATP semifinal by beating Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in Russia. Murray faces Fernando Verdasco, who beat Rainer Schuettler 7-5, 6-2.

Generali Ladies: Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic beat Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Linz, Austria, along with No. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva,No. 3Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Marion Bartoli. Zvonareva and Venus Williams clinched the last two berths in next month's season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships.

Lyon Grand Prix: Top-seeded Andy Roddick hits 22 aces but lost to Robin Soderling 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) in the quarterfinals in France. The Swede had 20 aces in a match that had no breaks.

Fortis Championships: Top-seeded Elena Dementieva beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-0 to advance to a semifinal against Sorana Cirstea in Luxembourg.

Et Cetera

Baseball: The Blue Jays acquired two of the top four picks in the 2002 draft, signing converted pitcher Adam Loewen to a minor-league deal and claiming righty Bryan Bullington off waivers. Loewen, who had recurring stress fractures in his left elbow, will become a first baseman/outfielder. ... Former major-league manager Jim Riggleman and former players Marquis Grissom and Pat Listach joined the Nationals' coaching staff.

Pro basketball: Rockets guard Rafer Alston was found not guilty by a Harris County, Texas, jury on a drunken-driving charge. ... Jazz owner Larry Miller had outpatient surgery for a bone infection and diabetic ulcers doctors discovered on his foot. Miller's wife, Gail, said he will have six weeks of IV and hyperbaric chamber therapy for the conditions. ... The Bulls exercised contract options for the 2009-10 season on center and former Gator Joakim Noah, forward Tyrus Thomas and guard Thabo Sefolosha.

Olympics:Jacques Rogge, 66, sent a letter to International Olympic committee members confirming he will seek re-election as IOC president in 2009 for a term that expires in 2013. No other candidates are expected.

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