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Roger Federer, from Switzerland, hits a backhand against Tommy Haas, from Germany, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Roger Federer, from Switzerland, volleys against Tommy Haas, from Germany, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Tommy Haas, from Germany, hits a forehand to Roger Federer, from Switzerland, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Dmitry Tursunov, from Russia, hits a forehand against David Ferrer, from Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Sloane Stephens, of the United States, hits a backhand to Jelena Jankovic, from Serbia, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. Jankovic won 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
David Ferrer, from Spain, hits a backhand against Dmitry Tursunov, from Russia, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus, clinches her fist after winning the first set against Magdalena Rybarikova, from Slovakia, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Juan Martin del Potro, from Argentina, hits a shot against Feliciano Lopez, from Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Feliciano Lopez, from Spain, serves against Juan Martin del Potro, from Argentina during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Federer rallies, rough summer improves in Cincy
MASON, Ohio – Roger Federer’s rough summer finally got a warm moment at one of his favorite tournaments, providing a little encouragement with the U.S. Open just ahead.
Federer overcame a tough start and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon, beating Tommy Haas, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.
While Federer took a step, No. 1 Novak Djokovic got one win closer to a little ATP history. He needed only 50 minutes to beat qualifier David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0, and reach the quarterfinals.
Also reaching the quarterfinals were second-seeded Andy Murray, unseeded John Isner, seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov, who upset third-seeded David Ferrer.
On the women’s side, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth-seeded Li Na and 14th-seeded Jelena Jankovic were among those advancing. Jankovic overcame a slow start and beat American Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Leary injury latest setback at guard for Cowboys
OXNARD, Calif. – The Dallas Cowboys are dealing with yet another setback at guard after Ron Leary was sent home for more examinations on a right knee that probably needs surgery.
Coach Jason Garrett said yesterday the team didn’t consider the injury serious and hoped to have Leary back at practice in “a couple of weeks.”
Leary got a late start at training camp because of a back injury but was working with the first team soon after he started practicing. The second-year player has a degenerative condition in his left knee.
Both of last year’s starting guards, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, have missed time at camp. Livings is still sidelined after knee surgery two weeks ago. Several backup guards have been hurt as well.
six innings in minors
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw six innings in his first rehab start since being sidelined by a shoulder injury.
Halladay gave up three runs and six hits, struck out four and walked three in yesterday’s game for the Gulf Coast League Phillies against Pittsburgh minor leaguers. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session tomorrow and make another minor league start Tuesday.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner had surgery on his shoulder in May to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur. He also had some fraying of the labrum.
Landeskog gets 7-year extension from Avalanche
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog agreed on a seven-year contract extension that will keep the young star in Denver through the 2020-21 season.
Landeskog was the second overall selection in the 2011 NHL draft and he won the 2011-12 Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
Last September, he became the youngest captain in league history at 19 years, 286 days, 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby was when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007.
The left winger has collected 31 goals and 38 assists in 118 career games. After last season, he helped Sweden capture the gold medal at the World Championship.
76ers owner Harris
buys New Jersey Devils
NEWARK, N.J. – Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris is the new owner of the New Jersey Devils.
The founder of one of the world’s largest private equity firms, Harris and his group paid $320 million to Jeff Vanderbeek for the rights to the Devils and the lease to the Prudential Center.
The deal was announced yesterday morning after the attorneys for the two sides took about 15 extra minutes to sign off on the transfer of the financially strapped three-time Stanley Cup champions.
Harris, whose main partner is fellow equities investor David Blitzer, needed roughly a week to close the deal after talks with Philadelphia attorney Andrew Barroway fell through.
The NHL’s board of governors approved the deal on Wednesday. Vanderbeek will remain with the Devils as a senior adviser.
New AFL team named for Kiss to play in California
LOS ANGELES – The Arena Football League is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss.
The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim.
The league made the announcement yesterday. Season tickets will be available for $99 and inaugural season seat holders will be invited to a free Kiss concert at Honda Center next year.
Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses. Southern California hasn’t had an AFL team since the Los Angeles Avengers folded in April 2009. They played eight seasons at Staples Center.
Italian skipper says Cup champ Oracle cheated
Skipper Max Sirena of Italy’s Luna Rossa is the latest America’s Cup competitor to accuse defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating.
When asked yesterday at a news conference about the latest America’s Cup controversy, Sirena said, “For sure.”
Oracle last week acknowledged it modified its boats without permission of the Measurement Committee for four America’s Cup World Series regattas last year, which were warm-ups to the 34th America’s Cup.
Oracle’s admission prompted Grant Dalton, the managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, to tell the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he thought the American syndicate was cheating.
An international jury is investigating and can sanction Oracle, including a fine, forfeiture of races or disqualification from the America’s Cup.