Berdych defeats American Querrey
• Sam Querrey lost his fourth-round match at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., and for the first time the tournament will have no American in the men’s quarterfinals.
Querrey, playing his first tournament as the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, lost to Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1 in 50 minutes.
Querrey came into tournament ranked second on the tour in aces this year, but he had only four against Berdych, and made only 39 percent of his first serves.
Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals and tied the women’s record for career victories in the tournament by beating No. 5-seeded Li Na 6-3, 7-6 (5).
• As expected, Sam Querrey, John Isner and the Bryan brothers are on the U.S. roster for the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Serbia and top-ranked Novak Djokovic. The roster was announced by U.S. captain Jim Courier. The event will be held on an indoor hard court April 5-7 in Boise, Idaho.
NASCAR’s Stewart won’t be penalized
• NASCAR chairman Brian France said that the contact between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin as they battled for the win at California over the weekend was just the kind of throwback racing he expects out of his drivers and the new Gen-6 car. NASCAR said it won’t penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Logano after the race, and series officials saw nothing to indicate Logano or Hamlin were trying to intentionally wreck each other as they raced for the win.
• The NBC Sports Network said Tuesday it had strong ratings for its season-opening IndyCar race, with 388,000 viewers who amounted to a 78 percent increase over last year’s debut race on the cable channel. The race Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla., earned a 0.26 rating, up 53 percent from last year.
Obama honors Los Angeles teams
• President Barack Obama celebrated with the champion Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team in the White House on Tuesday and then looped some of the players into an event for first lady Michelle Obama’s favorite cause: her campaign against childhood obesity. Obama praised the teams for their 2012 championship seasons, noting that, besides sharing a hometown, “they share a pretty good comeback story.”
• The Dallas Stars have sent forward Reilly Smith and newly acquired defenseman Joe Morrow to their AHL affiliate. The moves came two days after the Stars sent longtime captain Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh for Joe Morrow in a trade that also involved draft picks.
• Longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has died. He was 62. Hockey Canada said Fleming died Monday in Calgary, Alberta, after a battle with brain cancer.
Skiing champ wins doping-ban appeal
• Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Andrus Veerpalu won his appeal against a three-year doping ban despite the sport’s highest court suspicion he used human growth hormone. The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, upheld the Estonian skier’s appeal against the ban imposed by the International Ski Federation, citing “procedural flaws” that could have caused false positive test results.
• A national poll of sports fans reveals that a distinct minority supports paying college athletes but nearly half think top college coaches should be paid as much or more than their professional counterparts. Additional results from the poll conducted by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and the Marist Poll found that 95 percent of fans want college athletes to attend class and 67 percent — up 12 points from last year — largely believe that college athletics departments regularly break NCAA rules.
• FIFA has upheld the United States’ 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly. The Ticos were angered by the decision of referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador to allow the game in Commerce City, Colo., to be played on a snow-covered field.
— From wire reports