Sports Briefs: Replay benefits Roddick
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Andy Roddick benefited from the replay system at Queen's Club yesterday, then held on to beat Alex Bogdanovic of Britain, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in the third round of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in London.
Roddick, who had 22 aces, was tied at 5-5 in the tiebreaker when he asked for Hawk-Eye to challenge a call. The decision was overturned, giving him a set point and taking away a match point for his 117th-ranked opponent.
"I've been a big supporter of Hawk-Eye and today is the reason why," Roddick said. "There's a big difference between being down match point and up set point. Needless to say, I would have been a little perturbed if they'd have got that one wrong."
Bogdanovic also benefited from the replay system. Trailing 5-4 and facing a set point, he challenged a fault and Hawk-Eye showed that it was an ace.
Nikolay Davydenko struggled again on grass, losing to Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. The second-seeded Russian, who reached the semifinals last week at the French Open, is 2-12 on grass. He has lost four times in the first round of Wimbledon in five years and has never won consecutive matches on grass. Mayer, a 37th-ranked German, forced Davydenko out of his game with low, fast shots.
Saint Peter's College dropped its non-scholarship Division I-AA program, citing concern for its athletes and difficulty remaining competitive. Saint Peter's, 2-8 last season, has played football since 1971, when the program was Division III. The program was suspended in 1984 and '88 for a lack of players.
The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired frontcourt help for Kevin Garnett, sending point guard Mike James and swingman Justin Reed to the Rockets for power forward Juwan Howard. James was a disappointment in his lone season in Minnesota. Howard, a 13-year veteran, averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in just over 26 minutes a game for the Rockets this past season.
Washington Wizards assistant Tom Young, 74, retired after four seasons with the NBA team and a long college coaching career that included leading Rutgers to the 1976 Final Four.
The sports' governing body recommended a two-year doping ban for Ivan Basso, the star Italian rider who won the 2006 Giro d'Italia. The Italian Olympic Committee's doping prosecutors asked last month that Basso be banned for 21 months.
The Washington Wild Things held on for a 2-1 victory at Southern Illinois last night. Tom Cochran ran his record to 3-0 for the Wild Things, working seven innings with six strikeouts and no runs.
John Popeck of Washington, Pa., took over the lead after a 1-under-par 71 in the third round of the Footjoy Boys Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. Popeck has a three-round score of 8-under 208 and is a stroke ahead of three competitors.
The Indy Racing League fined driver Ed Carpenter an undisclosed amount of money for using inappropriate language during an interview at Texas Motor Speedway last week. Carpenter, who finished 18th, was involved in a crash that eliminated four cars late in the Bombardier Learjet 550 Saturday night.
All-America sprinter Shana Cox and standout linebacker Paul Posluszny have been named Penn State's female and male athletes of the year. Cox finished second in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA track championships. Posluszny, a Hopewell High graduate, led the Nittany Lions with 116 tackles and was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the NFL draft.
First Published June 15, 2007 1:34 am