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■ Tennis

Pacific Life Open begins

US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo started the Pacific Life Open with easy wins on Friday, in Indian Wells, California, and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters also advanced to the third round. Kuznetsova rebounded from an opening upset loss in Dubai this month by beating Czech qualifier Eva Birnerova 6-3, 6-2 as half the 32 seeds played after first-round byes, and four seeds fell early. Eighth-seeded Elena Bovina lost to fellow Russian, qualifier Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1, No. 9 Francesca Schiavone of Italy was upset by 153rd-ranked Rika Fujiwara of Japan 6-3, 7-6 (5), No. 16 Shinobu Asagoe of Japan fell to Clijsters 6-3, 6-3, and No. 18 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Monetenegro, who reached the Dubai final, was ousted by Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

■ Hockey

Forsberg gets concussion

Peter Forsberg will miss MoDo's next game against Farjestad in the Swedish Elite League playoffs after sustaining a slight concussion in game 4 of the quarterfinals, the team doctor said Friday. "It's a guarantee: Forsberg will miss Saturday's game," Kim Thorsen told a Swedish network television Web site. Thorsen didn't speculate how long Forsberg will be sidelined, but MoDo trails Farjestad three-games-to-one and must win Saturday or it will be eliminated. Retuning after a six-week absence due to a hand injury, Forsberg was cross-checked by Peter Nordstrom at 15:16 in the second period Thursday night at Karlstad, western Sweden. Nordstrom was ejected. Forsberg was the NHL's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.

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