Round Up



Zvonareva reaches Australian semifinals


Vera Zvonareva ran off 11 straight games in a 6-3, 6-0 win over Marion Bartoli at the Australian Open today to reach the semifinals for the first time in 25 majors. The 24-year-old Russian's best performance in six previous trips to Melbourne was the fourth round - she had gone out in the first round at the Australian Open three times, including last year. And she made the quarterfinals at the 2003 French Open. Seventh-seeded Zvonareva, who hasn't dropped a set in five matches, rallied from an opening service break to dominate 2007 Wimbledon finalist Bartoli in the remainder of their quarterfinal. Andy Murray might have to wait awhile before he's picked again to win a Grand Slam tournament. Touted by British bookmakers as a favorite at the Australian Open, Murray lost to No. 14 Fernando Verdasco of Spain in five sets yesterday in the fourth round. He twice blew a one-set lead and missed chances to break serve in the pivotal sixth game of the deciding set. He was beaten, 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Rafael Nadal had a far easier time, beating 2007 runner-up Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Verdasco will meet fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the runner-up here last year who defeated No. 9 James Blake 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Yankees re-sign Pettitte; Greinke stays with K.C.


Andy Pettitte agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract that brings the left-hander back to the Yankees. Pettitte can make an additional $6.5 million in performance bonuses and bonuses based on time on the active roster. He joins a starting rotation that already includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. The deal raised the Yankees' projected opening-day payroll to $196.8 million for 17 players with agreements. He returned to the Yankees in 2007 and was 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA last season, his highest ERA since 1999.

More Yankees:: General manager Brian Cashman thinks the team should rally around Alex Rodriguez after a book in which former manager Joe Torre portrayed A-Rod as a divisive figure in the New York clubhouse. "I think we've gone through so much of the Alex stuff that, you know, if anything, maybe this brings people closer together," Cashman said yesterday during a conference call to announce Pettitte's return. In The Yankee Years, scheduled for publication Feb. 3, Torre says "Alex monopolized all the attention" and that "he needs people to make a fuss over him."

Royals: : Right-hander Zack Greinke and Kansas City agreed to a four-year, $38 million contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing next month. Greinke went 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City last season, setting career highs in strikeouts (183) and innings (202 1/3 ). His 3.47 ERA was the best by a Royals starter in 11 years.

Retirement: : Three-time All-Star Sean Casey has planned to announce his retirement today to join the MLB Network. He played from 1997 to 2008, hitting .302 with 130 homers and 735 RBIs for Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Boston.

Blue Jays: : Outfielder Jason Lane and infielder Brandon Fahey, a former Oriole, agreed to minor league deals.

McDonogh's Fernandez commits orally to UM


McDonogh junior Marquez Fernandez, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year, has made an oral commitment to play soccer for the University of Maryland after he completes his senior year of high school in 2010. Fernandez, a defender who led the No. 1 Eagles to their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, chose the defending national champion Terps over Virginia and North Carolina and will receive a full athletic scholarship. "It's the right place for him," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said.


Academic All-State team: : The Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation has started a pilot program honoring an Academic All-State team selected from within the schools belonging to the Baltimore Chapter. Since 1964, the GBCNFF has sponsored the Scholar Athlete Dinner, and this year's Academic All-State team will be honored before the March 11 Scholar Athlete Dinner at Martin's West. The following players have been named to the Academic team based on grades, outstanding football ability, character and strong leadership:


Line: Beau Howarth, Archbishop Spalding; Thomas Ruley, Parkville; Alex Utt, Urbana; Anthony Watters, Dunbar; Patrick Robinson, Liberty. Receiver: Brandon Floyd, Loyola; Zach Westfall, North Carroll. Quarterback: Andrew Zimnik, Frederick. Running back: Patrick Balderson, Linganore; Kurt Herzog, Friends; Cory Anderlik, Century. Tight end: Antwan Branch, Lake Clifton; Jeff Kryglik, Eastern Tech.


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