Sports Digest


The Kickoff

June 11, 2005

Federer extends grass streak; Roddick advances in London

Two-time defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland extended his winning streak on grass courts to 27 matches, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday to reach the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

In other quarterfinals, second-seeded Marat Safin of Russia beat Belgium's Olivier Rochus, 6-4, 7-6 (4); Guillermo Canas of Argentina of ousted Germany's Rainer Schuettler, 6-4, 6-4, and Tommy Haas of Germany defeated Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-2, 7-5.

Federer will meet Haas in today's semifinals, with Safin facing Canas.

In other Wimbledon warm-up tournaments:

Defending champion Andy Roddick struggled before reaching the semifinals the Stella Artois Championships in London, while top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia was sent home by Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Third-seeded Tim Henman of Great Britain also lost, leaving Roddick the clear favorite in this event.

Second-seeded Roddick edged Sebastien Grosjean of France, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and will play Radek Stepanek today, after the Czech ousted France's Richard Gasquet, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Karlovic upset Hewitt, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in just 69 minutes and will face Sweden's Thomas Johansson, who beat Henman, 6-4, 6-4.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia struggled with a cold and a strained thigh but advanced to the semifinals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England, beating Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

Tatiana Golovin of France will play Sharapova in the semifinals after defeating Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro topped Mashona Washington of the United States, 6-2, 6-4, and will next face Laura Granville, an Amercian who beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, 6-4, 6-3.


Farmer finishes 8th for 100-meter final

University of Florida sprinter Kyle Farmer (Oakland Mills) finished eighth in the 100-meter final at the NCAA track and field championships in Sacramento, Calif., with a time of 10.45 seconds. Walter Dix of Florida State won in 10.21. Farmer also competed in the 400 relay, where Florida (38.49) finished runner-up behind Arkansas (38.49), and he ran 20.44 seconds to qualify for tonight's 200-meter final. It was the seventh-best time in the 200 field. Another Florida runner, Shane Stroup (River Hill), reached tonight's 1,500-meter final by finishing second in his preliminary heat in 3:46.79, the fourth-best overall time.

Women's basketball: Hidden Valley (Va.) forward Emery Wallace has chosen Maryland over Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kansas, the Roanoke (Va.) Times reported. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 19.3 points and seven rebounds last season. She will join Riverdale Baptist's Demauria Liles, a 6-2 forward, in the Terps' 2006-07 freshman class. ... Maryland forward Crystal Langhorne had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes to help lead the USA Under-19 women's basketball team (2-0) to an 82-74 win over Australia(1-1) on Thursday at the 2005 International Sports Invitational in San Diego. Langhorne was 9-for-9 from the field and converted three of four free throws. The win assured the Americans a spot in today's gold-medal game against Russia or Australia.

Men's basketball: West Virginia standout center Kevin Pittsnogle is expected to announce today that he is pulling out of the NBA draft. Under NCAA rules, Pittsnogle can return for his senior season since he did not sign with an agent.

Football: Penn State has expelled defensive tackle Ed Johnson for the summer and fall semesters, saying he violated a university regulation about sexual misconduct. No charges have been filed, according to campus and State College, Pa., police.

Et cetera

Kraus again wins Women's Metropolitan

Andrea Kraus continued her domination of the Women's Metropolitan golf championship, as she led all the way in defeating Kim Daniels, 6 and 5, at the Country Club of Maryland. The win boosted Kraus' record number of titles to 13, dating to 1978, and she has won five straight, equaling the record of Evelyn Glick (1946-1950). Kraus also won four in a row in the mid-1990s.

More golf: R.W. Eaks overcame a shanked sand wedge on the third hole to shoot a season-best 7-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with Gil Morgan in the Champions Tour's Bayer Advantage Classic in Overland Park, Kan. Jim Ahern opened with a 66, and hometown favorite Tom Watson, playing with Jack Nicklaus on a course the Golden Bear designed, was in a group at 67 along with Dana Quigley, Rodger Davis, Don Pohl, Lonnie Nielsen, Gary McCord, Mark McNulty and another Kansas City native, Jim Colbert.

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