Compiled from wire reports
Djokovic grabs early win in Monte Carlo
• Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title on Tuesday in Monaco with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Albert Montanes in the second round, maintaining his perfect record against the Spaniard.
Djokovic needed only 45 minutes to beat Montanes, winning 11 consecutive games. The second-ranked Serb improved to 6-0 against Montanes, who has taken only one set off Djokovic.
Djokovic has won two Masters titles this year, beating Rafael Nadal in Key Biscayne and Roger Federer at Indian Wells.
Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also advanced to the third round after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in an error-strewn match.
After wasting two match points with sloppy forehands from the back of the court, Tsonga won when Kohlschreiber’s wild forehand went wide.
In the first round, 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, while 13th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia lost to Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4) and No. 16 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland was beaten by Michael Llodra of France 6-4, 6-2.
Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia beat Gilles Simon of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and will next play Nadal today.
Former players filing suit against league
• Another group of former NHL players has filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging that the league has downplayed the risk of head injuries, while at the same time promoting fighting and violence in the game. The lawsuit was filed in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett are the named plaintiffs leading the suit. It alleges that the NHL put its players “at a substantially higher risk” for developing memory loss, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The lawsuit, which is similar to one brought by former football players against the NFL, joins others filed by hockey players in Washington and New York and seeks monetary damages and increased medical monitoring.
Hall of fame coach may go home soon
• Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is up and moving around at a Las Vegas hospital and could go home this weekend after suffering a heart attack and contracting pneumonia. Tarkanian was admitted to Valley Hospital last Wednesday after attending the Final Four in North Texas, complaining of weakness, lethargy and labored breathing. Doctors determined the 83-year-old had pneumonia and tests later revealed he also had a heart attack. Tarkanian’s son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said Tarkanian will likely undergo a catheterization to determine if anything else needs to be done in the next couple of days and could go home after that. A member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA Tournament, most famously the UNLV teams that went to the Final Four four times.
• Boston University point guard Maurice Watson Jr. is transferring to Creighton. Bluejays coach Greg McDermott announced that Watson signed a letter of intent Tuesday and will have two years of eligibility starting in 2015-16. The 5-foot-10 Watson averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 assists per game last season. He was an All-Patriot League first-team selection. McDermott said Watson, from Philadelphia, is an unselfish player who’s a capable scorer and will be a good fit in the Bluejays’ up-tempo offense.
— From wire reports