Sock socks it to Bogomolov
US wild card Jack Sock defeated seventh seed Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round on Monday of the ATP Tour’s Atlanta Open in Atlanta, Georgia. The 19-year-old Sock converted two of his three break points, while saving six of the seven chances he faced on serve in the 2 hour, 15 minute match. Russia’s Bogomolov has now lost five consecutive matches and falls to 9-21 on the season. Sock is no stranger to winning lower-level matches as he captured the US Open junior doubles title in 2010 and the mixed doubles crown last year. He is now trying to raise his game to the highest level, and to help him do that, he recently hired former world top 10 player Joakim Nystrom as his coach.
Reds’ Votto out for weeks
National League Central leaders Cincinnati were hit with the news on Monday that All-Star slugger Joey Votto needs left knee surgery and will miss three or four four weeks. Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, had been playing with the injury since last month, but an evaluation on Monday determined he will need to have his torn meniscus repaired. “It is in my best interest, and in the best interest of the team, to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race,” Votto told the Reds’ Web site. The Reds had a six-game winning streak snapped by Arizona on Monday and Pittsburgh are breathing down their neck in the division. Votto, who is batting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs, has been replaced by rookie Todd Frazier.
Miami Heat going to China
The NBA champions Miami Heat will play two pre-season games against the Los Angeles Clippers in China this fall. The teams will meet Oct. 11 at MasterCard Center in Beijing and Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It is the first time the reigning NBA champions will play in the NBA China Games, which will mark their sixth edition. Eight NBA teams will play in eight international games in October as part of the league’s international pre-season schedule. The Dallas Mavericks will play games in Barcelona and Berlin and the Boston Celtics will play games in Istanbul, Turkey, and Milan, Italy, against top Euroleague teams. Toronto and the New York Knicks will play in Montreal and Minnesota, while Detroit will play in Winnipeg. In 2004, the NBA became the first US professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento.
Woods to play with Garcia
Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods will play alongside Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in the opening two rounds of The Open in Lytham, England, later this week. Woods, Spaniard Garcia and Briton Rose will tee off at 9:42 in tomorrow’s first round. The 36-year-old American is looking to end a four-year drought in major championships, having won the last of his 14 “big four” titles at the 2008 US Open. Garcia, 32, and Rose, 31, are among the best modern-day players never to have won a major. Among the other highlights of Monday’s draw was the grouping of world No. 1 Luke Donald with US left-hander Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy at 1443. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy will partner 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and last year’s USPGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley at 1421.