Roddick, Nadal advance at Sony Ericsson; Venus Williams reaches women’s semis

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Benjamin Becker 7-6 (4), 6-3 Tuesday at Key Biscayne, Fla.

Rafael Nadal also advanced by beating David Ferrer, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Three-time champion Venus Williams, the No. 3 seed, became the first women’s semifinalist by defeating sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-1.


MEN’S LACROSSE: Bates scored 10 goals in the first 13 minutes and rolled to a 21-9 victory over the University of Southern Maine at Lewiston.

Nick Sampson and George O’Connor each scored four goals for the Bobcats (4-3). Tim Bryant and Mark White scored three apiece for the Huskies (2-3).

FOOTBALL: Pittsburgh Coach Dave Wannstedt signed a two-year contract extension that runs through 2014.


WNBA: All-Star guard Cappie Pondexter will join the New York Liberty as part of a three-team trade with the Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky.

The Liberty sent forwards Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld to the Sky in the megadeal. New York also receives Chicago’s second-round pick in the 2010 draft and Phoenix guard Kelly Mazzante. The Mercury get Candice Dupree from Chicago.


SEMENYA’S RETURN: Caster Semenya said she is tired of waiting for track and field’s ruling body to release results of her gender tests and plans to return to competition.

Semenya has not raced or spoken publicly since winning the women’s 800 at the world championships in Berlin in August, when her dramatic improvement in times and muscular build led the International Association of Athletics Federations to order gender tests. Although she has not been banned, the IAAF is still reviewing the results to determine her eligibility.


MLS: FC Dallas defender Kyle Davies is expected to miss at least six weeks after surgery on his broken right arm.

The team said Davies had surgery to repair an ulna fracture and radius dislocation in the arm after he was injured in Saturday’s season opener in a collision with Houston Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro.

MARADONA’S SURGERY: Argentina Coach Diego Maradona was bitten by one of his pet dogs and had reconstructive surgery on his upper lip.

The Los Arcos clinic said the 49-year-old Maradona was discharged and in good condition after entering the clinic earlier Tuesday.


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