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Sports news briefs — Aug. 7

Compiled from wire reports

TENNIS

Djokovic, Sharapova
are upset in Canada

• Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Tsonga will play eighth-seeded Andy Murray, who advanced to the quarterfinals after Richard Gasquet withdrew with a strain.

In another upset, Kevin Anderson beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (8), 7-5. Anderson will play seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Tommy Robredo 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Fifth-seeded David Ferrer was also pushed to three sets in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig.

• Fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia was upset by 16th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Suarez Navarro won 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals. Caroline Wozniacki routed Shelby Rogers 6-1, 6-0. Serena Williams advanced to quarterfinals by beating Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4.

• Israel’s Davis Cup match Sept. 12-14 against Argentina is being moved out of the country because of the conflict in Gaza, the International Tennis Federation said.

• Billie Jean King and Elton John will host an AIDS benefit tennis match Dec. 7 in London featuring Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and Sabine Lisicki.

FOOTBALL

Minnesota to avoid

mention of Redskins

• The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings to keep the Washington Redskins’ name from being used when the two teams play on campus in November. University President Eric Kaler gave the assurances to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, who has said using the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.

• Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fifth-round pick from Syracuse, will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice.

• The Arizona Cardinals released linebacker Ernie Sims, an eight-year veteran who signed as a free agent Dec. 24. The Detroit Lions selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

• Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s unsure if quarterback Cam Newton will play in the preseason opener Friday night against the Buffalo Bills. Newton, who had left ankle surgery in March, did not participate in team drills Thursday.

• The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent kicker Kevin Goessling and waived kicker and punter Michael Palardy with a nonfootball illness. Goessling played 52 games at Fresno State from 2008-11.

• Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, 77, says he’s gotten a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with skin cancer and lymphocytic leukemia.

OTHER SPORTS

LA Galaxy star plans
to retire from soccer

• Landon Donovan, 32, will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The LA Galaxy forward is the top goal-scorer in MLS history and the top scorer in U.S. national team history.

• Team New Zealand formally challenged Team USA for sailing’s America’s Cup, submitting its entry ahead of Saturday’s deadline for challenges.

— From wire reports



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