Tennis Coach-less Roddick beats Nadal: Andy Roddick used his strong serve to upset Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Thursday and reach the semifinals...

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Coach-less Roddick beats Nadal: Andy Roddick used his strong serve to upset Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Thursday and reach the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, then announced he has split with coach Jimmy Connors.

Roddick said that Connors resigned about a week ago because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The sixth-ranked Roddick closed the match with one of his 17 aces. One ace was 149.75 mph, breaking the Dubai serve record he set a day earlier.

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Roddick will next face Novak Djokovic, who beat Igor Andreev 6-2, 6-1.

Williams, Jankovic advance: Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic reached the quarterfinals of the Bangalore Open in India.

Williams struggled past Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, and Jankovic defeated Sanda Mamic 6-2, 6-2.

Top-seeded Gonzalez upset: Russia’s Evgeny Korolev upset top-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to reach the Tennis Channel Open quarterfinal in Las Vegas. In another surprise, unseeded American Robby Ginepri beat third-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.


Sun acquires Turner: Connecticut get former Storm player Barbara Turner in a trade with Houston that sends forward Megan Mahoney to the Comets.

The 6-foot Turner was drafted by Seattle 11th overall in 2006 out of Connecticut, then was waived by the Storm in the 2007 preseason.


New league in crisis: The new All American Football League will have to postpone its 2008 season unless it finds additional financial backing. The announcement came less than a week before camps were to open for the six-team league.

The league, which held its inaugural draft in January, has rosters and staffs in place for six teams: Detroit; Little Rock, Ark; Gainesville, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn., and Houston. The AAFL was formed to fill the void created when the NFL shut down NFL Europe earlier this year.

College football

Two Orange players charged: Two Syracuse players — including the younger brother of troubled former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich — have been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief, police said.

Paul Chiara and Mikhail Marinovich were arrested after breaking into a sports equipment room at Manley Field House early Sunday, police said.

Hawkeyes dismissed: Iowa receiver James Cleveland and backup quarterback Arvell Nelson have been dismissed from the team. Both were arrested on drug charges last month and had been suspended indefinitely.


Kiwis sue Alinghi over delay: Team New Zealand filed two lawsuits against America’s Cup champion Alinghi of Switzerland, seeking compensation for delaying the next regatta.

The Kiwi syndicate filed suit in the New York State Supreme Court under a breach of contract argument since the team signed up for the 33rd edition with the promise that it would be raced in Valencia, Spain, in July 2009.

The other suit was filed in federal court under U.S. antitrust legislation, stating Alinghi abused its power “to stifle competition” by accepting a Spanish yacht club’s invalid challenge to “gain an unfair competitive advantage.”


Prosecutors outline case against Thomas: Federal prosecutors said they have “overwhelming” proof that former Olympic cyclist Tammy Thomas lied when she told a grand jury that she never used steroids, including a high-end bicycle they allege she traded for performance-enhancing drugs when she was low on cash.

Thomas’ trial, which will begin March 23, will likely be the first case to go to trial as part of the government’s wide-ranging probe that has implicated dozens of elite athletes, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

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