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Chan Chin-wei eliminated

Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei crashed out of the doubles at the WTA Bol Open in Croatia on Friday. After a first-round bye, her first match at the tournament with partner Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic was a quarter-final against Romanian duo Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig, which they lost 6-3, 6-3. In the singles quarter-finals, Ana Konjuh defeated Tereza Mrdeza 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to earn a semi against Mandy Minella, who beat New Zealan’s Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-4. In the second semi-final, Nao Hibino — who beat Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-2 — was to play Polona Hercog, who defeated Kristina Kucova 6-4, 6-1.


Luis Salom dies after crash

Moto2 rider Luis Salom died on Friday after crashing during practice for the Catalunya Grand Prix. He was 24. The death of the Spanish rider was announced at a news conference a few hours after the incident at a fast turn on the Barcelona track. “He underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away,” said Giancarlo di Filippo, a medical director for the International Motorcycling Federation. Race directors said the weekend races would go on “as agreed with Salom’s family, the riders, teams and the safety commission,” but on an alternate track layout. The crash happened at turn 12, a fast right-hander in the final sector of the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The turn is not used in Formula One, where cars have to go through a chicane to slow down before entering the front straight. Officials said the F1 layout would be used for all three bike races this weekend. MotoGP medical director Angel Charte said Salom was in cardiac arrest when doctors arrived at the scene. He was intubated and submitted to cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 18 minutes. Treatment continued for 40 minutes during an ambulance transfer, but he deteriorated. At the hospital, doctors performed exploratory surgery, but he was declared dead about 45 minutes after arriving.


Barcelona fined over flags

La Liga champions Barcelona on Friday said they were fined 150,000 euros (US$170,000) by UEFA after separatist flags were flown at the Camp Nou during Champions League games last season. In a statement, the club said that it would do everything to overturn a punishment it described as “totally unjust and ... opposed to the exercise of the freedom of expression.” Of the fine, 50,000 euros will be suspended if there is no repeat offense in the next two years. The Catalan estelada has in recent years become a symbol of the independence movement within Catalonia.


Phelps wins one, loses one

Michael Phelps won one and lost one on Friday in a tuneup meet in Austin, Texas, where he was competing with an eye on this month’s US Olympic trials and a berth at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Joseph Schooling, a 20-year-old from Singapore who swims for the University of Texas in Austin, clocked 51.58 seconds to edge 18-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps (51.65 seconds) in the 100m butterfly — an event in which Phelps holds the world record. Schooling admitted it “felt great” to get his first win over Phelps, but added that the US great was still in hard training before the US trials and not in peak racing form as he will be in Omaha this month and Rio de Janeiro in August. Phelps was swimming in his second final of the night, having won the 100m freestyle in 49.49 seconds, with Jack Conger second.

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