Top-ranked Wozniacki rallies in third set to reach semifinals of Family Circle Cup

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied from 4-2 down in the third set to defeat Yanina Wickmayer, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Wozniacki dropped the first set and was two games away from defeat when she found her groove to win the final four games. Wozniacki tied the set when Wickmayer missed a drop shot attempt. The tournament’s top seed held serve, then broke Wickmayer at love to close out the match.

U.S. CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ivo Karlovic boomed 24 aces and ended a 3-hour, 16-minute match with a close line call for a 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (9) victory over fourth-seeded John Isner in the quarterfinals in Houston.

GRAND PRIX HASSAN II: Top-seeded Albert Montanes defeated Fabio Fognini 7-6 (1), 6-1 to reach the semifinals in Casablanca, Morocco.

Montanes next plays Pablo Andujar, who advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over another Pere Riba.

ANDALUCIA TENNIS EXPERIENCE: Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals in Marbella, Spain, after Dinara Safina retired with an injury.


NFL: Attorneys for NFL players and the league held a conference call to discuss mediation with the federal judge currently deciding whether to lift the lockout.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the call took place. He said U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wanted the details to remain private.

After a hearing Wednesday on the players’ request to lift the lockout, Nelson urged both sides to resume talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations broke down last month.


QMJHL: David Rose scored 4:52 into overtime to lift the Montreal Juniors to a 6-5 win over the Lewiston Maineiacs in the opening game of their best-of-seven second-round playoff series at Montreal.

Lewiston led 4-2 entering the third period, but the Juniors responded to take a 5-4 lead with 1:22 to play.

The Maineiacs forced overtime on a goal by Michael Chaput with 30 seconds left. Matthew Bissonnette finished with three goals for the Maineiacs.


MICHIGAN GRAND PRIX: Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Phelps came from behind to beat Ryan Lochte in the 200 free, making a push in the final 30 meters to finish in 1:48.45. Lochte, who had the second-fastest time in the morning preliminaries, finished in 1:48.69.

Phelps led wire-to-wire in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 52.30 seconds to set a Canham Natatorium pool record. He also set a pool record in his first event.


CANNELL ACCEPTS BAN: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Peter Cannell has accepted a two-year suspension after his urine tested positive for a type of steroid.

USADA also said Cannell’s competitive results for roughly the past four years will be disqualified.

USADA said that a urine sample collected from Cannell as part of its out-of-competition testing program on April 16, 2010, tested positive for drostanolone. That led to his two-year period of ineligibility, which began May 17, when he accepted a provisional suspension.




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