Djokovic gets a break on call to advance to semis in Florida tourney
Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call in the pivotal game Wednesday to beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open at Key Biscayne, Fla.
The disputed point occurred on the first point of the 12th game, with Murray serving at 5-6. Djokovic charged forward to volley a short ball and hit it for a winner.
Murray argued – and TV replays confirmed – that he should have be awarded the point because Djokovic’s racket was on the other side of the net when he hit the ball, but chair umpire Damian Steiner disagreed.
A flustered Murray then committed unforced backhand errors on the next three points to lose the set. He took a lead in the second set but lost the final four games.
Li Na became the first Chinese woman to reach the Key Biscayne semifinals when she beat Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 7-5. Also, Dominika Cibulkova beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
MEN’S LACROSSE: Plymouth State (3-1) held St. Joseph’s scoreless for the final three quarters to post a 16-2 win over the Monks (3-3) at Deering High School’s Memorial Field.
• Jack Strain scored four goals to lead Bates (3-4) to a 12-9 decision over Keene State (1-6) at Garcelon Field in Lewiston.
• Colby College (4-2) fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology 21-4 in a nonconference game at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Lindsey McKenna recorded her 150th career goal for Colby (3-3) in a 9-7 loss to top-ranked Salisbury at Salisbury, Md.
CFL: The Canadian Football League announced that the 2015 Grey Cup game will be played at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field on Nov. 29, 2015, at the stadium that opened last year.
NASCAR: A small piece of metal in his eye, and not a sinus infection, caused Denny Hamlin to miss last week’s race at California.
Hamlin is cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
U.S. MEN: Captain Clint Dempsey and all-time U.S. scoring leader Landon Donovan were among 22 players selected to the national team for its April 2 game against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.
INTERNATIONAL: Oleg Znarok was hired as Russia’s new hockey coach, taking over a team that failed to win a medal at the Sochi Olympics.
INTERNATIONAL: The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, exclusively for men since it was founded 260 years ago at St. Andrews, will vote in September on whether women can join the club.
– From staff and news services