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Fisher won’t discuss Favre rumors

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure Brett Favre out of retirement to replace Sam Bradford, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

Fisher changed the subject after practice yesterday, then said “Nice try” when asked whether the 44-year-old Favre could be ready to play.

Defensive end Robert Quinn didn’t think there was anything to the reports.

“Brett Favre is staying retired,” Quinn said. “Brett hasn’t played since 2010 and he’s comfortable down there in Mississippi on a boat or something. Have fun with it, Brett.”

Kellen Clemens, the backup the past two seasons, makes his 13th career start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams also signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.


QB Vick practices again, moves closer to return

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles Coach Chip Kelly won’t admit it, but it’s appearing more and more likely that Michael Vick will start on Sunday, when the Giants come to Lincoln Financial Field.

Vick yesterday practiced successfully for a third straight day and is set to undergo his toughest physical challenge of the week today when he’ll test out his hamstring for the first time since he injured it on Oct. 6 against the Giants (1-6) in New York.

The Eagles (3-4) have yet to win a home game.


Dallas, Detroit, Miami to play NFL London in 2014

LONDON – The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series.

The NFL had announced earlier this month that it would play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the designated home teams.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday that the Cowboys will face Jacksonville, the Lions will take on Atlanta, and the Dolphins will play Oakland.

Dates have not yet been announced.


Defending champion Williams reaches WTA semifinal

ISTANBUL – Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Championships by sweeping Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday.

Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. She’s bidding for her fourth title in the eight-women, season-ending tournament.

Earlier, Li Na outlasted Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, for her second victory and eight-seeded Angelique Kerber upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-2, to remain in contention for the semifinals. Radwanska was eliminated.

Kerber (1-1) went 0-3 last year in the tournament. She will play Kvitova today for a spot in the last four.


Del Potro eases past Baghdatis in Swiss Indoors

BASEL, Switzerland – Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina eased past Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors.

In today’s quarterfinals, del Potro will face Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, who beat compatriot Michael Llodra, 6-4, 6-3.

Five-time Basel champion Roger Federer is in the other half of the draw, and will face Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria today.


Isner, Ferrer advance at Valencia Open

VALENCIA, Spain – John Isner of the United States edged Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), yesterday at the Valencia Open.

Top-seeded David Ferrer reached the second round by beating Gael Monfils of France, 6-3, 6-2. Monfils appeared to be in pain during the second set, but kept playing.

Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fellow German Tommy Haas, who was seeded second, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Mexican fighter dies three days after match

MEXICO CITY – The promoter of a boxing match held in Mexico said the losing fighter died at a California hospital from a cerebral contusion.

Promoter Fernando Beltran said in a statement that Francisco Leal died Tuesday at a San Diego hospital. He was rushed there after a fight Saturday in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Boxer Raul Hilares knocked out the 26-year-old Leal during the eighth round of a match.

Leal, whose nickname was “The Little Soldier,” had 29 wins, eight losses and three draws.

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