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LOS ANGELES — Vic Braden, a tennis player in the late 1940s and early '50s who became one of the nation's top teaching professionals, died Monday at home from complications of congestive heart failure. He was 85.

Mr. Braden was a member of Jack Kramer's fledgling pro tour after college, and the two co-founded the Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., where future Hall of Famer Tracy Austin learned to play as a child.

In 1971, Mr. Braden opened the Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, Calif., an instructional facility for players of every range of ability. It has locations in Kissimmee and St. George, Utah. He became known for his innovative teaching methods and his application of technology to the basics of instruction.


SHANGHAI MASTERS: Rafael Nadal was diagnosed with appendicitis but has decided to play in the tournament this week after receiving antibiotics.

GENERALI LADIES: Ana Ivanovic overcame a left thigh injury to beat Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round in Linz, Austria.


Rowdies makeup game set for tonight

The Rowdies host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 7:30 tonight at Al Lang Stadium in a makeup of a rainout on Sept. 27.

EXPANSION: English clubs' interest in playing matches abroad has prompted the Premier League to explore the possibilities of expansion overseas. The Associated Press reported that clubs have asked the league to conduct a feasibility study into global expansion options.

DONOVAN GETS 'C': Landon Donovan will captain the United States on Friday in his national team finale. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he'll start and play about 30 minutes against Ecuador in the exhibition.


Hinchcliffe joins Schmidt Peterson

James Hinchcliffe, one of IndyCar's best-liked drivers, signed on with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2015 season. The 27-year-old Canadian replaces Simon Pagenaud, who joined Roger Penske's team.

CRASH VICTIM: Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in critical but stable condition, the Frenchman's family said as FIA launched an investigation into his accident Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix.


GYMNASTICS: Led by Zhang Chenglong on the horizontal bar, host China won its sixth straight gold in the men's team event at the world championships.

NBA: Nuggets F Kenneth Faried agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension. Faried, 24, averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

PARALYMPICS: Cycling events could be left out of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo after the sport's governing body failed to submit its application on time.

Times wires