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SPORTS BRIEFS

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TENNIS

Lu crashes out of Memphis

Taylor Fritz on Tuesday night saved three match points in a third-set tiebreaker to beat Taiwan’s eighth-seeded Lu Yen-hsun 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7) in the first round of the Memphis Open. Fritz, the runner-up in the event last year, won without ever breaking Lu’s serve. Earlier on Tuesday, qualifier Darian King defeated No. 5 seed Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4. King, ranked 140th in the world, dropped just 12 points in 10 service games against the 32nd-ranked Tomic. Other winners on Tuesday included No. 7 seed Steve Darcis, Ryan Harrison, Matthew Ebden and Tim Smyczek. Harrison won 6-3, 7-5 over Konstantin Kravchuk to advance to a second-round matchup with No. 3 seed Sam Querrey, while Darcis won 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 over Radu Albot and Smyczek beat Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Ebden rallied from a break down in each of the last two sets to beat Peter Polansky 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-1.

TENNIS

Rain stops play in Qatar

Rain on Tuesday wreaked havoc at the Qatar Ladies Open, with torrential downpours in the desert state pretty much wiping out all of the second day’s play. Of the 11 scheduled singles matches, only one was completed when Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. However, even that match took more than seven hours to complete because of the constant rain breaks. Pavlyuchenkova’s victory under leaden skies meant she was only the second player to win through to the second round of the tournament. Play was started in three other first-round matches, but none were finished, although American qualifier Lauren Davies finished a set up against Italy’s Roberta Vinci before the rain called a halt for the day. The persistent wet weather had also wiped out large parts of day one. Organizers announced that play would yesterday start three hours earlier due to a growing backlog of matches. Some players, including fifth seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain, yesterday faced playing two singles matches.

SOCCER

Pescara dismiss coach Oddo

Serie A strugglers Delfino Pescara 1936 on Tuesday fired coach Massimo Oddo, but told fans they “never again” wanted to see the “performances offered” so far by the team’s players. Promoted Pescara have spent much of this season in the bottom three, but when embattled Oddo offered his resignation last month, club bosses waved it away in a rare show of support. However, a 5-3 defeat to Torino on Sunday, when the northern side threatened a 5-0 rout at the Stadio Olimpico, prompted Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani to cave in. “It is with a heavy heart that, after meetings between club president Daniele Sebastiani and Massimo Oddo, along with sporting director Luca Leone, that Pescara announces the removal of the head coach from his position,” a club statement said. “It is hoped this latest sacrifice will make the players aware that we never again want to see the performances that have been offered up until now. The club would like to thank Massimo Oddo for his contribution, and the great satisfaction he has given to all the fans, and we wish him all the best for the future.” Pescara have shipped a league-leading tally of 55 goals in 24 games and are 13 points from the safety zone.

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