Sprinter out after dope test
Relay sprinter Debbie Dunn has withdrawn from the US Olympic team after testing positive for excessive testosterone. Dunn, who finished fourth in the 400m at Olympic trials, was selected for the US relay pool. She is the 2010 world indoor champion at 400m. In a statement on Friday, she acknowledged a positive doping test and said she was withdrawing from the Olympics while the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) resolves the case. USADA CEO Travis Tygart said the agency is analyzing Dunn’s “B” sample, and that “USADA appreciates Ms Dunn voluntarily removing herself” from the team while the case is pending.
Robson reaches semi-finals
British teenager Laura Robson continued her winning run at the Italiacom Open in Palermo on Friday, beating fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to reach her first ever semi-finals. Robson won the Junior Wimbledon title four years ago when she was 14, but this is the furthest she has advanced in a WTA event. She is set to meet eighth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who beat third-seed Julia Georges 7-6, 6-7, 6-1. Top-seeded Sara Errani eased through to the last four, requiring just over an hour to defeat Alexandra Cadantu 6-2, 6-2. Runner-up at the French Open last month, the Italian is scheduled to meet 75th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu. Begu defeated Estrella Cabeza Candela 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Tipsarevich goes through
Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia had to save four match points before finally overcoming Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Second-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina beat qualifier Pavol Cervenak of Slovakia, 6-1, 7-5 and would next meet Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who defeated Dustin Brown of Germany 6-0, 6-3.
Conte faces prosecutors
Juventus manager Antonio Conte appeared before Italian football federation prosecutors on Friday to answer questions about match-fixing that took place while he was in charge of Siena. Conte spent three hours, 40 minutes answering questions about allegations of sporting fraud during his time at the then-Serie B club Siena last year, brought by former player Filippo Carobbio. Carobbio claimed that he knew that at least one game between Siena and Novara in April last year was rigged.
Verdasco in Croatia semis
Fernando Verdasco would take on fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, while home favorite Marin Cilic was set to face defending champion Aleksandr Dolgopolov in the semi-finals of the Croatia Open yesterday. For the first time since the tournament was first held in 1990, the top four seeded players would compete for a place in the final. Top-seeded Verdasco defeated Russian wild-card Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2 on Friday, while Granollers rallied to beat Germany’s Matthias Bachinger 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. Verdasco, the 2008 champion, saved all six break points he faced and converted three of seven break chances. Fourth-seeded Granollers lost the first set in just 31 minutes. He had a 5-3 lead in the third set, but then lost serve before breaking again for his victory. Second-seeded Cilic beat American Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 6-0 and third-seeded Dolgopolov defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 6-4.