Thursday, April 17, 2014
Third-seeded Isner loses to Donskoy in first round at Topshelf Open
John Isner was one of four seeds to lose in the first round at the rain-interrupted tournament at Rosmalen, Netherlands, as the third-seeded American lost 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 to Evgeny Donskoy.
Defending champion David Ferrer, the French Open runner-up, opens play Tuesday against Xavier Malisse.
In the women's event, second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6.
Also, third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson, and Lauren Davis of the United States defeated Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-4.
AEGON INTERNATIONAL: Elena Vesnina beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the grass-court event at Eastbourne, England.
Earlier, 2011 champion Marion Bartoli of France beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-2 to set up a possible second-round meeting with second-seeded Li Na in the Wimbledon warm-up event.
BASEBALL: Oregon State (51-12) used a seven-run fourth inning to break open the game against mistake-prone Louisville, eliminating the Cardinals (51-14) while the Beavers stayed alive in the College World Series with an 11-4 victory at Omaha, Neb.
The No. 3 national seed Beavers (51-12) play another elimination game Wednesday against Indiana (49-19), which lost 5-4 to Mississippi State (50-18) at TD Ameritrade Park.
NECBL: Anthony Papio hit a pair of doubles and drove in two runs as the Sanford Mainers (3-4) held on for a 4-3 win over the New Bedford Bay Sox on Monday night at Goodall Park in Sanford.
John Howell added two hits, two runs and one RBI for the Mainers and Sanford starter Nick Poore scattered three hits over five innings to earn the win.
JUNIOR LEGION: Nick Acllerman hit a triple, a double and had three RBI as Biddeford Savings Bank (1-2) beat Standish Post 128 (1-2) 17-0 in five innings at Standish.
Jason Vadnis threw a one-hitter for Biddeford and added two hits and three RBI.
CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Nigeria rolled to a 6-1 victory over Tahiti -- making its debut at a major FIFA tournament.
Despite the rout at Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the team from the South Pacific may have had the game's best moment. Jonathan Tehau headed the ball into the net early in the second half, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The Tahitians then celebrated by pretending to row a boat together.
The goal and celebration generated the biggest cheers of the match, where the local Brazilians adopted Tahiti as their team while jeering the Nigerians.
JURISPRUDENCE: A Dutch court convicted six young soccer players and the father of one of the athletes of manslaughter for kicking to death a volunteer linesman after a youth match last December in a brutal attack that shocked this soccer-loving nation.
Judges in Lelystad sentenced the 50-year-old father, identified only as El-Hasan D, to six years in prison. Five teenage players were given two-year sentences in youth detention for their roles in the attack and another was sentenced to a year.
WORLD CUP: FIFA says a seeding system will be in place for the playoffs in the European zone, ensuring the four highest-ranked qualifiers will be kept apart in the draw slated for Oct. 21.
--From staff and news services