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Murray, Djokovic to meet again at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Andy Murray heard a fan clamoring for a souvenir towel and tried to oblige by tossing one toward the courtside seats.
His throw fell way short.
That was about the only mistake Murray made yesterday at the Sony Open.
Even with his surgically repaired back still nowhere near perfect, the defending champion continued his roll at Key Biscayne. He needed only 73 minutes to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 and set up a quarterfinal with Novak Djokovic – their first meeting since Murray won the Wimbledon final last summer.
Djokovic eased past Tommy Robredo, 6-3, 7-5.
Fifth-seeded Roger Federer needed only 49 minutes to beat ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-1, 6-2. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer was ousted by 20th-seeded Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (7), 2-6, 7-6 (9).
On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova rallied from a break down in the first set to oust Petra Kvitova, 7-5, 6-1 and earn a spot in the semifinals.
Wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Petty dies
RANDLEMAN, N.C. – Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, died yesterday after battling cancer for several years. She was 72.
Jeff Dennison of Petty Motorsports said in a statement that Petty was surrounded by her family when she died at her home in Level Cross. He said she had been fighting cancer for the past several years.
Lynda Petty helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary, a benevolent fund for injured members of the NASCAR community. The group was formed by the wives of drivers, crews and sponsors.
“Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR landscape. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
Besides her husband, Lynda Petty is survived by son Kyle, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service is scheduled for Reverie Place in Randleman. No date or time was given.
Pirates acquire RHP Worley from Twins
BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins for cash.
The Pirates announced the trade yesterday.
Worley was acquired in a trade that sent outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies before last season and he was the starter on opening day for the Twins. But he went 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts for the Twins and spent most of last season at Triple-A-Rochester.
He came to spring training a long shot to make the Twins’ revamped rotation, but posted a 13.50 ERA in 10 2-3 innings before being placed on waivers last week. Worley cleared waivers and was outrighted to Rochester on Friday.
Viola to have heart surgery next week
NEW YORK – The New York Mets said former pitcher Frank Viola will undergo heart surgery next week in New York.
The 53-year-old Viola retired as a player following the 1996 season. He was hired by the Mets in January as pitching coach of Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
New York said yesterday that that during a spring training exam “Mets physicians discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible.”
Viola was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner. He went 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 major league seasons with Minnesota (1982-89), the Mets (1989-91), Boston (1992-94), Cincinnati (1995) and Toronto (196).
His daughter Brittany was a diver on the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympics.
Source: Lions and Ihedigbo agree to 2-year deal
A person familiar with negotiations said the Detroit Lions and safety James Ihedigbo agreed to a two-year contract.
The person spoke yesterday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Ihedigbo made 99 tackles and had three interceptions for the Baltimore Ravens last year.
He started 12 games in 2011 for the New England Patriots. Ihedigbo made his NFL debut with the New York Jets during the 2008 season. He was cut by the Jets the previous year as an undrafted rookie, who went from being a walk-on to a standout at Massachusetts.
The Lions have been looking for a safety to start alongside Glover Quin to replace Louis Delmas.
Brother of Bucs WR Williams charged with stabbing
TAMPA, Fla. – The brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams turned himself in after authorities said he stabbed Williams in the leg.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Eric Baylor, who turned himself in Monday night, was charged with aggravated battery domestic violence and held on $1,000 bail. Jail records didn’t say whether he had an attorney.
Deputies responded Sunday to Williams’s Tampa home, finding him with a stab wound in the left thigh. He was treated at a hospital and released.
Williams initially told deputies the brothers were wrestling and the stabbing was accidental. But witnesses gave statements later that the two argued before the stabbing.
Williams signed a $40 million, six-year deal with the Buccaneers last year. He caught 22 passes for 216 yards last season.