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March 26, 2007 at 10:38 PM   |   Comments

Federer wins, Davydenko loses in Miami

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Roger Federer won and Nikolay Davydenko lost Monday in the $3.45 million Sony Ericsson Open tennis.

Two-time defending champion was a third-round winner, while American qualifier Amer Delic beat world No. 4 Russian Davydenko in straight sets.

The top-seeded/world No. 1 Federer defeated Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour, 21 minutes. The Swiss had nine aces.

Reigning Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Federer beat Croat Ivan Ljubicic in last year's Miami finale and beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the 2005 final.

Delic, 24-year-old native of Bosnia, defeated Davydenko 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to record the biggest win of his ATP career.

Sixth-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo avoided an upset by beating German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-4. In another upset, Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).


University of North Carolina mascot killed

RALEIGH, N.C., March 26 (UPI) -- A cheerleader from the University of North Carolina, who has portrayed the school's mascot for three years, has died after being struck by an SUV.

Jason Ray, 21, was struck from behind by the sport utility vehicle Friday along the highway while on his way back to a hotel in Fort Lee, N.J., WRAL-TV reported Monday.

He was attending the Tar Heels appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Ray has portrayed Rameses, the ram mascot for the University of North Carolina, for the past three years. He was in New Jersey to support the basketball team against the University of Southern California at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford on Friday.


Henin in Sony quarterfinals; Clijsters out

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Belgian Justine Henin won in the fourth round, while former world No. 1 Belgian Kim Clijsters lost Monday at the $3.45 million Sony Ericsson Open.

Henin, the French Open champion, defeated Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2. The world No. 1, Henin reached all four Grand Slam finals last season and has now won her last 11 matches, including titles in Dubai and Doha.

Henin's quarterfinal opponent Russian Nadia Petrova beat her countrywoman Dinara Safina 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Clijsters, making her final appearance in Miami, lost to Chinese Na Li 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour, 55 minutes. Clijsters committed seven double faults and had her serve broken seven times.

Clijsters has announced that 2007 will be her final season on the WTA Tour.

Russian Anna Chakvetadze beat Italian Mara Santangelo 6-1, 7-5, and Italian Tathiana Garbin defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2.


Georgetown assistant moving to Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y., March 26 (UPI) -- Georgetown University assistant coach Kevin Broadus will become the head coach of the Binghamton University basketball program.

Broadus will not join Binghamton until Georgetown's season ends. The Hoyas qualified for the NCAA Final Four and will play in the national semifinal Saturday and perhaps the championship game April 2.

Broadus has been an assistant at Georgetown for three seasons. He spent three years as an assistant at George Washington and also was on the staffs at American University, the University of the District of Columbia and Bowie State University.

Broadus, 43, replaces Al Walker, who stepped down after seven seasons with the Bearcats. Binghamton, which moved up to the Division I level in 2001, finished the 2006-07 season 13-16.

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