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  • Nishikori opens Memphis title defense with win

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori opened his bid for a fourth straight Memphis Open title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Wednesday night. Nishikori was cruising through the second…

  • Thiem, Almagro into quarterfinals in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria reached his second quarterfinals of the young season when he defeated qualifier Gastao Elias of Portugal 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Argentina Open on…

  • 2nd-seeded Cilic beats Muller to reach last 8 in Rotterdam

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Second-seeded Marin Cilic reached the World Tennis Tournament quarterfinals by defeating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) in the second round on Wednesday. Neither player faced a break point…

  • Ivanovic beats Gasparyan to reach St. Petersburg quarters

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Ana Ivanovic powered into the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy as her Russian opponent Margarita Gasparyan crumbled on Wednesday. Ivanovic, seeded fourth, was 2-0 down in the second…

  • Williams coasts in 1st round of Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Taiwanese wildcard Lee Pei-chi in her opening match at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday. “It was exciting to compete against a local…

  • Williams coasts to 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee at Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lee Pei-chi in her opening match at the Taiwan Open on Wednesday. Williams broke the Taiwanese wildcard entry’s serve three times in…

  • Teenager Taylor Fritz wins opener in Memphis open

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Teenager Taylor Fritz, a promising American, won his opening-round match in the Memphis Open on Tuesday night beating Michael Mmoh 6-3, 6-4. It was the second ATP World Tour win for…

  • Muller into 2nd round in Rotterdam, Gasquet withdraws

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Gilles Muller set up a second-round match with former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic at the World Tennis Tournament after coming from a set down to beat Andreas Seppi Tuesday. Muller,…

  • Delbonis upsets Fognini to reach 2nd round in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Federico Delbonis of Argentina upset sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Argentina Open on Tuesday. But eighth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay…

  • Pavlyuchenkova reaches round 2 in St. Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was made to fight for a place in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday, beating Czech veteran Klara Koukalova in three sets.…

  • Tennis umpires banned over corruption; 4 officials suspended

    LONDON (AP) — Two tennis umpires have been banned and four others are under investigation for corruption, authorities said Tuesday. The sanctions were confirmed by the International Tennis Federation in response to a story published…

  • Andy Murray becomes first-time father with birth of girl

    LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife, Kim Sears, gave birth to a girl. Murray’s management company says Sears gave birth on Sunday, a week after…

  • US drawn against Australia in Fed Cup playoffs

    LONDON (AP) — The United States will travel to Australia in April as they try to win back their place in the top tier of the Fed Cup. The Americans and Australia were drawn on…

  • Kudla into 2nd round of Memphis Open

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 seed Denis Kudla moved into the second round of the Memphis Open with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Rajeev Ram on Monday. Kudla, seeded in an ATP World Tour…

  • Money Leaders

    HORSE RACING Through Feb. 7 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockeys Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Jose Ortiz 131 32 25 18 $1,463,648 Joel Rosario 126 27 22 16 $1,462,850 Irad Ortiz, Jr. 126 28 19…