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Lu advances amid seeds exodus in Winston-Salem

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun advanced to the third round of the ATP Tour Winston-Salem Open in straight sets on Tuesday. Lu, who upset world No. 5 Tomas Berdych last week in Cincinnati, recorded his 20th win of the season as he defeated world No. 88 Blaz RolaFULL STORY

Late Atletico goal denies James dream Real debut

A Raul Garcia equalizer two minutes from time denied James Rodriguez a dream home debut for Real Madrid and salvaged a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Supercopa on Tuesday. Rodriguez surprisingly started on the bench, but replaced Cristiano Ronaldo atFULL STORY

Fiers’ comeback continues with Toronto rout

MAJOR LEAGUES Milwaukee pitcher Mike Fiers continued the superb form he has shown since being recalled to the major leagues, steering the Brewers to a 6-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday to deal another blow to the Blue Jays’ evaporating playoff hopes. The Brewers’ fifth straight victoryFULL STORY

Top seed Halep ousted by Rybarikova in New Haven

Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova sent top-seeded Simona Halep crashing out of the WTA Tour’s Connecticut Open in one of two second-round upsets on Tuesday at the final US Open tune-up. Halep, the reigning champ, had her serve broken six times and Rybarikova saved 10 of 14 break-pointFULL STORY

Arsenal keep UEFA hopes up with draw

Arsenal head for the home leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff against Besiktas with their hopes intact after surviving the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and hugely energized opponents to leave Turkey with a goalless draw on Tuesday. In the first leg, Arsenal failedFULL STORY

Higuain saves Napoli from Bilbao defeat; Salzburg soar

A superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued SSC Napoli to see them draw visitors Athletic Bilbao 1-1 in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoffs, while Jonatan Soriano struck the woodwork three times, but still scored in Red Bull Salzburg’s 2-1 victory over visiting Swedish side Malmo FF. InFULL STORY

Al Ain, Al Hilal on brink of AFC Champions semis

The United Arab Emirates’ Al Ain and Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal have one foot in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League after winning their respective quarter-final first-leg matches on Tuesday. While Al Ain comfortably beat Saudi giants Al Ittihad 2-0 at home, Al HilalFULL STORY

Valencia seek resurgence with Lim takeover

Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes an expected takeover by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim can bring back the club’s glory days after years of financial problems. The protracted deal, which has been under negotiation since before January, has still not been signed, but should be sealedFULL STORY

New Italy manager snubs worries over sponsor-funded pay

New Italy coach Antonio Conte brushed aside controversy over his wages, which will be partly funded by the Italian Football Federation’s sponsors, when he was presented on Tuesday. “Nobody imposes anything on me. My eyes and those of my assistants will be the judge, not sponsorsFULL STORY

No fear as Britain’s Peaty takes title

When Adam Peaty was a child, his fear of water led to tears at bath time. Now he is the European 100m breaststroke champion. The 19-year-old added the European title to the Commonwealth Games gold he won three weeks ago to lead a British one-two aheadFULL STORY

Parnell shines as South Africa win series

Wayne Parnell took three wickets and contributed some handy runs as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series on Tuesday in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. After Parnell’s 24 lifted South Africa from 211-7 to 257 all out, theFULL STORY

Sri Lanka pondering life after a golden generation

Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket, despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an aging spinner in the ranks. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year Test career on MondayFULL STORY

Sharks players are handed notices by Aussie doping body

Seventeen past and present Cronulla Sharks rugby league players were issued with “show cause” notices by Australia’s sports anti-doping body yesterday following a long-running probe into a supplements scandal. The cases relate to the use of banned substances CJC-1295 and GHRP-6 during the struggling club’s 2011FULL STORY

SOCCER SHORTS

LA LIGA Suarez had post-bite blues Uruguay striker Luis Suarez on Tuesday said he was “very depressed” after the FIFA World Cup biting incident that saw him banned from all soccer activities for four months. Following an appeal hearing last week, Suarez can now train withFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

CRICKET Windies coach Gibson quits Ottis Gibson has quit as West Indies coach and will be replaced by Richie Richardson on an interim basis for the home series against Bangladesh, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said. “Today, the West Indies Cricket Board and Mr Ottis GibsonFULL STORY

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