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Taylor Townsend, a 16-year-old from Stonebridge, Ga., playing her fourth professional match of the year, beat 27-year-old Lucie Hradecka...
American teen prevails
Taylor Townsend, a 16-year-old from Stonebridge, Ga., playing her fourth professional match of the year, beat 27-year-old Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Kimiko Date-Krumm, 42, of Japan was a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over Galena Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan on the second day of women's first-round matches.
The men's first round started with David Nalbandian of Argentina beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 6-2 and 20-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia ousting Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-4, 6-3.
Tennis stiffens drug testing
Tennis is adopting the biological passport program and increasing the number of blood tests as part of a new anti-doping drive that players themselves have demanded.
With the sport under pressure to do more against doping, the International Tennis Federation said the measures will go into effect this year on both the men's and women's tours in an effort to ensure the game is clean.
The biological passport tracks a player's blood profile over time for any changes that could indicate doping. The system is already applied in track and field and cycling and has resulted in sanctions against athletes without positive tests.
U.S. women lose goalkeeper
U.S. women's team goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during training and will miss three months.
Loyden was injured while training with the team at the Algarve Cup. She will leave Portugal on Friday to consult with a hand specialist to determine if she will need surgery.
With longtime starter Hope Solo out with a wrist injury, the Americans will use either veteran Nicole Barnhart or inexperienced Ashlyn Harris for the rest of the prestigious international tournament.
Big East split expected Friday
The Big East is expected to announce Friday that it has reached an agreement allowing its basketball-centric members to launch their own conference on July 1, according to media reports.
Under terms of the forthcoming settlement, the departing schools will be allowed to keep the Big East name. They also won the right to hold their men's basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The football-playing members' conference is expected to be called the "America 12 Conference," league sources told ESPN.
Borel gets 5,000th win
Calvin Borel earned his 5,000th career win by riding Hezunusal to victory in the sixth race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
The 46-year-old Borel, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, became the 26th North American jockey with 5,000 wins.
Hamlin won't pay fine
A furious Denny Hamlin said he won't pay the $25,000 fine leveled on him by NASCAR after his criticism of the Gen-6 race car. Hamlin couldn't understand why he was at the center of NASCAR's latest tempest over its drivers' media comments. He compared the new race car unfavorably to last year's car, along with lamenting the overall quality of racing last week in Phoenix.
Mackey still leads Iditarod
Four-time champion Lance Mackey leads the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race race across the Alaska wilderness. The 42-year-old Fairbanks musher was the first to reach the halfway point of the race at the ghost-town checkpoint of Iditarod shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and received $3,000 in gold nuggets for the accomplishment.
Sonny Lindner, from Two Rivers, was second into the checkpoint, and another four-time champion, Jeff King of Denali, was third. None had left the checkpoint by Thursday morning, indicating they might be taking their mandatory 24-hour layovers in the ghost town.
Another four-time winner, Martin Buser of Big Lake, pulled into Iditarod about 9 a.m. Thursday and could quickly take the lead since he's already taken his 24-hour rest period. However, Iditarod officials report a winter storm is already causing wind gusts and drifting snow along the trail for the next 55 miles.
• South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney took out a $5 million insurance policy to protect himself financially during the Gamecocks' 2013 season.
• South African police said Hilton Botha, the former lead detective in the investigation of the murder case against Oscar Pistorius, has resigned from the force.
• Rachel Alexandra continues to make a remarkable recovery in Lexington, Ky., despite undergoing a surgical procedure to drain an abscess.
• The Los Angeles Galaxy and Herediano played a scoreless draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal in Heredia, Costa Rica.
• Michael Albasini of Switzerland beat four other riders in a sprint finish to win the hilly fourth stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race in Saint-Vallier, France, while American Andrew Talansky kept hold of the leader's yellow jersey.
• Matthew Goss of Australia won a bunch sprint in Indicatore, Italy, while Mark Cavendish of Great Britain retained the overall lead of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race after the second day.
• World Cup champion Qi Guangpu of China won the men's aerials gold medal at the freestyle skiing world championships in Voss, Norway. Teammate Xu Mengtao took the women's title.
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