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Friday, August 11, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Briefs: Loss derails Nadal-Federer final in Toronto


Nadal upset : Rafael Nadal was upset by Tomas Berdych and Roger Federer survived a scare in the Toronto Masters' third round on Thursday, ending hopes of what would have been a sixth final meeting between the world's top two players this season.

Both Federer and Nadal displayed signs of rust playing in their first tournament since meeting in the Wimbledon final. Nadal was unable to find any rhythm in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 loss to Berdych, just his sixth defeat of the season. Federer managed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 victory over Russia's Dimtry Tursunov.

"I don't know, if I'm a spectator, if I want to see a Nadal-Federer final every week," said Berdych.

Sharapova streaking: Maria Sharapova breezed past Marion Bartoli and advanced to the JPMorgan Chase Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in Carson, Calif., extending her winning streak to seven matches.

Serena Williams, making a comeback from a knee injury that dropped her ranking to 110th, defeated Daniela Hantuchova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 despite 31 errors and just 10 winners.


Nuggets swap Patterson for Smith: Denver traded guard-forward Ruben Patterson to Milwaukee for forward Joe Smith. Smith, joining his sixth team since being drafted No. 1 overall in 1995, averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 44 games for the Bucks last season. Patterson averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Thomas denies harassing former Knicks team exec: Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has filed court papers denying he sexually harassed a former team executive, the New York Daily News reported.

In the 12-page document filed Wednesday, Thomas acknowledged he once touched Anucha Browne Sanders' shoulder, and may have even tried to kiss her on the cheek. But he insisted he did nothing wrong, reiterating his stance since the allegations were made public in January.


Keller a captain: Lacey's Kasey Keller, 36, was elected captain of the German soccer club Borussia Moenchengladbach by his teammates, the first full-time captaincy of his career.

Terry replaces Beckham: Chelsea defender John Terry was selected England's soccer captain, succeeding David Beckham.

Red Bulls get Kovalenko, Kuykendall: New York acquired the rights to former D.C. United midfielders Dema Kovalenko and Shawn Kuykendall in exchange for a partial player allocation.


IAAF investigating Graham: Track and field's world governing body is investigating coach Trevor Graham for alleged doping violations. The International Association of Athletics Federations said its probe will be carried out in conjunction with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.


Nino wins light-flyweight belt: Unheralded Omar Nino (24-2-1) outpunched and outworked 2000 Olympian Brian Viloria (19-1) to win the WBC light-flyweight championship by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

Track and field

Obikwelu doubles up: Francis Obikwelu of Portugal became the first man in 28 years to complete a sprint double at the European Championships in Goteborg, Sweden, when he won the 200 meters in 20.01 seconds. He won the 100 title on Tuesday.


Ex-Flyers captain Desjardins retires: Eric Desjardins, the second-highest scoring defenseman in Philadelphia Flyers history, called it quits, ending a 17-year career that included a Stanley Cup and an Olympic appearance.


Panel rejects Moceanu's appeal: A USA Gymnastics appeals panel rejected former Olympian Dominique Moceanu's petition to compete at next week's national championships. Moceanu, attempting a comeback at age 24, competed in vault and floor exercise last month at a qualifying event and finished in the bottom five in both events.

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