Nadal loses on grass
Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the second round of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open, losing 6-4, 6-1 to German wild card Dustin Brown in Halle, Germany.
Brown, the world No. 85, broke Nadal’s serve at the fifth attempt to win the first set, and he pulled off two audacious lobs in succession to break the Spaniard again early in the second.
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Brown became the lowest-ranked player to beat a world No. 1 since 2008, when No. 98 Mardy Fish beat Roger Federer of Switzerland at Indian Wells.
Federer began his preparations for Wimbledon by coming from behind to beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-2.
Andy Murray of Britain was denied his 20th successive win on grass when he was beaten 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 by Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the third round at Queen’s Club in London.
Top seed and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland took just 50 minutes to ease past American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-2.
Kimiko Date-Krumm, the 43-year-old Japanese who is the tour’s oldest player, halted Daniela Hantuchova’s title defense to reach the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warmup event in Birmingham, England.
Obama honors Lynx
President Obama praised the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx for setting a good example for his daughters and for girls nationwide.
Obama honored the team’s victory in the WNBA Finals in a White House ceremony Thursday. He said when young women play sports, they do better in school.
Alex Bentley scored 22 points and Katie Douglas added 16 to help the host Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-95. Chiney Ogwumike had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (4-6).
Candice Dupree had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Diana Taurasi scored 19 points and Brittney Griner had 18 for the Mercury (6-3).
Tel Aviv coach NBA-bound
David Blatt stepped down as coach of European club champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, saying he wanted to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to interview Blatt for their head-coaching vacancy. Other clubs are believed to be interested in hiring Blatt as an assistant.
Van Dyken-Rouen may need more surgery
Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen plans to undergo rehabilitation for her severed spine at a suburban Denver hospital.
Van Dyken-Rouen plans to be transferred sometime next week to Craig Hospital, which specializes in spinal cord injuries. Her husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, told The Denver Post she may still need to undergo a second surgery at the Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital where she has been since she was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Friday night.
Tom Rouen said the family doesn’t know if she will be paralyzed.
The New York Rangers’ victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 3,383,000 viewers and a 2.0 rating on NBC Sports Network. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday night in L.A.
Ex-TV boss testifies
A former president of CBS Sports said he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.
Testifying in Oakland, Calif., in a landmark antitrust case brought against the NCAA, Neal Pilson said giving athletes money for the use of their images on television broadcasts might also set off a “land rush” among conferences and schools to spend whatever is needed to attract the best football and basketball players.
“I have a substantial concern it would change the fabric of the sport,” Pilson said.
• Kazuki Nakajima’s Toyota No. 7 took pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, giving the Japanese manufacturer a head start in its bid for a first win in the famed endurance race.
• Marc Gene will replace Loic Duval in the Audi No. 1 car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after doctors ruled the defending champion should not compete following a spectacular crash during practice.
• Former North Carolina basketball guard Diamond DeShields is transferring to Tennessee, joining the school where her mother starred in track and field. DeShields, who averaged 18 points last season, must sit out a year.
• The Montreal Impact traded defender Jeb Brovsky to expansion New York City FC for a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
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