Top-seeded Radwanska ousted at Aegon Classic

Agnieszka Radwanska, the top seed, and Belinda Bencic, the youngest player in the top world’s top ten, both fell at the first hurdle on a day of shocks and rainstorms in the Aegon Classic at Birmingham, England.

Radwanska, a former Wimbledon runner-up, had intended to use the grass court event as a springboard for another assault on the oldest Grand Slam title, but was halted 7-5,4-6, 6-3 by CoCo Vandewegh, a hard-hitting American ranked outside the top 30.

Bencic, 19, retired in the second set to Irina-Camelai Begu and lost 6-4, 4-3.

GERRY WEBER OPEN: Top-seeded Roger Federer began his bid for a ninth title at Halle, Germany, with a routine 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over wild card Jan-Lennard Struff.


Third-seeded Dominic Thiem, coming off his first title on grass in Stuttgart two days ago, beat Joao Sousa 7-5, 6-4.

QUEEN’S CLUB: American John Isner fought off the challenge of former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro to win 7-6 (2), 6-4 and reach the second round at London.

His 25 aces brought his total for the year to 513. Giles Muller is next at 362.


EUROPE: Switzerland closed in on a spot in the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time with a 1-1 Group A draw against Romania at Paris.

In its three previous appearances at the championship, Switzerland has never gone beyond the group stage.


Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet helped France become the first team to advance to the knockout stages with a win at Marseille, France.


NFL: New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis participated in practice for the first time since having surgery on his right wrist in March.

Left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe was released by the Baltimore Ravens, who lost patience with the oft-injured veteran.

Since signing a five-year, $37.5 million extension in 2013, Monroe has provided little return on Baltimore’s investment.

A California coroner said imprisoned former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips had a “Do Not Resuscitate” note taped to his chest when he was found hanging in his cell.


The coroner provided the report under a public records request filed after the 40-year-old Phillips committed suicide in Kern Valley State Prison in January. He was awaiting a trial that could have brought him the death penalty.


AMERICAN LEGION: Cody Cousins struck out seven and walked two in throwing a three-hitter to lead Wells Post 143 to a 6-1 win over Saco Bay PT in a season opener at York.

Ryan Coughlin finished with two hits and three RBI for Wells and Riley Lin had an RBI single for York.

TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Tyler Hutchinson led off the top of the second inning with a triple to spark a four-run rally for Aero (2-2) in a 6-0 win over Patriot Insurance (2-2) at SMCC.

NECBL: The Winnipesaukee Muskrats (3-3) used three homers in an eight-run eighth inning to notch a 10-0 win over the Sanford Mainers (3-3) at Laconia, New Hampshire.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Nate Coranado went 4 for 5 with three RBI to pace the Sullivan Explorers (5-8) to an 18-6 win over the Old Orchard Beach Surge (10-3) at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. Chris Allen and Sean Washington had two hits apiece and each drove in two runs for the Surge.

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