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NO. 1 NADAL FALLS IN SEMIS TO DEL POTRO

TENNIS

SHANGHAI - Rafael Nadal lost his first match since reclaiming the No.1 ranking this week, falling to a resurgent Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Masters semifinals Saturday.

The fifth-ranked del Potro will try to win his first Masters title today against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal 6-2, 7-5.

Del Potro hadn't beaten Nadal since the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, where he went on to win his only Grand Slam title.

FEDERER DROPS COACH:Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone. The owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles wrote on his website that he will stop working with Annacone after 3-1/2 years.

GENERALI LADIES: Two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-4 to set up a final against top-seeded Angelique Kerber in Linz, Austria.

NBA

Ankle keeps Rose out of Rio match

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out an 83-81 victory over the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

BOBCATS: Forward Al Jefferson sprained his right ankle but hopes to be ready for the regular season.

CAVALIERS: F Tyler Zeller is out indefinitely after having his appendix removed.

SOCCER

Ivory Coast closing in on World Cup

Didier Drogba hit a fifth-minute penalty to send Ivory Coast to a 3-1 win over Senegal in the first leg of their World Cup playoff, putting Africa's top-ranked team within reach of a berth in Brazil next year. Also, Burkina Faso edged Algeria 3-2 on Aristide Bance's late spot-kick as the forward made up for an earlier missed penalty.

U.S. ROSTER: Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were dropped for Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.

MLS:Jose Goncalves scored in the 31st minute as the New England Revolution beat host Montreal 1-0 to move within a point of the Impact in the Eastern Conference and keep its playoff hopes alive.

STAR HURT: Real Madrid said its world-record signing Gareth Bale has a "small chronic disc bulge" in his back.

ET CETERA

WINTER SPORTS: Olympic medalists Steven Holcomb and Elana Meyers had the fastest times to open this season's U.S. bobsled team selection races in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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