Rain washes out Aegon
No matches were completed at the Aegon Open on Friday, as rain washed out play at the women’s grass-court tournament. In the only match that got on court, Alison Riske led Anett Kontaveit 5-3 in the quarter-finals when play was called off for the day. That match was scheduled to resume yesterday. The other quarter-final matches are: top-seeded Karolina Pliskova versus Ashleigh Barty; No. 4 Monica Puig versus Tamira Paszek; and Zheng Saisai versus Tara Moore. The semi-finals were also scheduled to be played yesterday, weather permitting.
Muller advances to semis
Gilles Muller on Friday fired 17 aces to come from behind and beat top-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) for a place in the semi-finals of the Ricoh Open. Second-seeded Bernard Tomic also lost after winning the first set. He was beaten 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2 by eighth-seeded Nicolas Mahut. Seventh-seeded Muller next plays No. 3 Ivo Karlovic, who cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4. Mahut is to play fifth-seeded Sam Querrey, who routed Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-0. Among the women, top-seeded Belinda Bencic beat qualifier Viktorija Golubic 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/2) to set up a semi-final against Kristina Mladenovic. Mladenovic topped qualifier Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3. The other semi-final is to pit Coco Vandeweghe against Madison Brengle. Vandeweghe beat Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2, while Brengle defeated Kateryna Kozlova 7-5, 6-4.
Lombard, Bourdy share lead
Zander Lombard on Friday overcame two consecutive bogeys to card a two-under 70 and share the lead with Gregory Bourdy after the second day of the Lyoness Open. Lombard and Bourdy are tied at seven-under 137, followed by Gary Stal at 136 and Borja Virto another stroke behind in fourth. Bourdy led the event for three days last year before being overtaken by Chris Wood. The defending champion from England repeated his 71 from the opening round and was in 11th at two-under heading into the weekend. Overnight leader Adrian Otaegui dropped to fifth following a 76, which included a double-bogey on the par-four 11th.
Police investigate Agholor
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor is under investigation by police, reportedly after a female dancer at a strip club accused him of sexually assaulting her. “We are aware of the police investigation involving Nelson Agholor,” the Eagles said in a statement. The incident involving a 27-year-old dancer allegedly occurred at Cheerleaders Gentlemen’s Club in south Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon and was reported to police later that night. Philadelphia police did not named Agholor as the suspect during a news conference on Friday, but released a statement saying the allegation was “regarding a sexual assault and a member of the Philadelphia Eagles organization.” Agholor was Philadelphia’s first-round pick last year. He caught 23 passes for 283 yards last season.
Gladbach sign Vestergaard
Borussia Moenchengladbach said they have signed central defender Jannik Vestergaard from Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen. The Denmark international signed a five-year deal. Financial details were not given. Vestergaard has also played for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. Moenchengladbach finished fourth in the Bundesliga and are hoping to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
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