Sports log: Roger Federer wins easily despite death threats
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Roger Federer ignored recent death threats from a Chinese blogger and won his opening match Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters, beating qualifier Lu Yen-Hsun, 6-3, 7-5, in the second round. Federer said he was aware that the blogger had recently issued an apology. Novak Djokovic also advanced, beating Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 6-2. If Djokovic wins in Shanghai and Federer loses before the quarterfinals, the Serb would reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week. Two-time defending champion Andy Murray received a walkover into the third round after the withdrawal of Florian Mayer because of a rib injury . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka started off her last tournament before the season-ending WTA Championships by beating Arantxa Rus, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Two-time former winner Ana Ivanovic also advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Monica Niculescu . . . Top-seeded Samantha Stosur advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open in Osaka by beating Virginie Razzano, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Colleges Sandusky will fight to keep pension Karl Rominger, the attorney for Jerry Sandusky, said the former Penn State assistant coach will contest a ruling that rescinds his $59,000 annual pension. Rominger said the State Employees’ Retirement System has no legal grounds for revoking his pension and accuses the agency of ‘‘trying to throw some red meat to the public.’’ The retirement system notified Sandusky by letter Wednesday that his conviction for child sexual abuse crimes triggered forfeiture of the pension . . . The NCAA upheld a decision that Boise State must lower the number of scholarships it can award in the next two years. Boise State officials had appealed the scholarship penalty included in a series of sanctions after finding major violations by the program . . . Maine junior defensive end Michael Cole and Curry senior receiver Rob Bambini of Westwood received this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards from the New England Football Writers. Cole racked up five sacks, nine tackles, and a forced fumble in the Black Bears’ 26-3 upset at Delaware. Bambini had 14 catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns, including the winning 39-yard reception with one second left in a 35-32 victory over Western New England . . . A Texas basketball spokesman said sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has talked with NCAA investigators about questions concerning his relationship with Rich Paul, a professional agent who represents LeBron James. Spokesman Scott McConnell said Kabongo remains practicing with the team and has not been declared ineligible.
Lynx’ Augustus clears air with policeWNBA star Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx remains critical of police after a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis but said she is ready to move on and begin preparing for the WNBA finals after talking with the police chief in Roseville, Minn. “Both parties were angry about what happened and it’s a move on. We’re settled and we’re moving on from here,’’ Augustus said. Augustus was pulled over for having an air freshener hanging from her mirror, which violates a state statute. Augustus, who is black, was upset because she thought it was a case of racial profiling.
US soccer team loses Johnson, Castillo
Defenders Fabian Johnson (flu) and Edgar Castillo (foot) will miss the United States’ World Cup qualifier at Antigua and Barbuda Friday, the latest in a string of injuries and illnesses. Midfielders Landon Donovan (knee) and Brek Shea (abdominal injury) withdrew Tuesday . . . The anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the World Golf Finals was pushed back a day because of thunderstorms at the Sultan course in Belek, Turkey. The other abandoned matches were: Justin Rose vs. Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood vs. Hunter Mahan, and Charl Schwartzel vs. Matt Kuchar . . . Three-time champion Meghan Stasi and Liz Waynick each won two matches to advance to the US Women’s Mid-Amateur final in San Antonio . . . A youth football coach in Payson, Utah, struck a 13-year-old player from an opposing team near the sideline during the fourth quarter of a tied game, giving the boy a concussion and outraging parents and spectators, police said. Police arrested Nathan Harris for investigation of felony child abuse . . . Gracia Leydon Mahoney, 16, captured the gold medal in the girls’ Group A 3-meter final at the FINA world junior diving championships in Adelaide, Australia. Leydon Mahoney spent two years at Newton North High School. She is now at Durham (N.C.) Academy . . . Bode Miller will skip the opening race of the World Cup ski season Oct. 28 to rest his surgically repaired left knee, race director Rainer Salzgeber said . . . Evan Lysacek’s comeback is on hold after the Olympic figure skating champion dropped out of Skate America because of a groin injury.