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Sept. 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM   |   Comments

Federer, Murray into U.S. Open quarters

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals in a walkover and third-seeded Andy Murray logged a three-set victory Monday at the U.S. Open.

Top-ranked, five-time champion Federer was set to play 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish in a fourth-round match when the American withdrew, citing health concerns.

"I regret that I have to withdraw from the U.S. Open for precautionary measures," Fish said in a statement. "I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement. I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall."

That put Federer into a men's-record 34th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal.

His next opponent is the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych, who reached his first U.S. Open quarterfinal in 10 tries by dispatching 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1 at Armstrong Stadium.

Berdych owns a 3-3 record in his last six matches against Federer. He upended the Swiss superstar in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Britain's Murray took advantage of six double-faults by his opponent to prevail over 15th-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

The Olympic gold medal winner converted 4-of-12 break points in the victory.

He now goes on to face 12th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic, who reached his second career U.S. Open quarterfinal with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 decision over Martin Klizan of Slovakia.


Top-ranked McIlroy rallies for Mass. win

NORTON, Mass., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rory McIlroy rallied from two shots down to close with his second straight round of 4-under 67 Monday, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship.

McIlroy, who trailed Louis Oosthuizen by a pair of shots coming into Monday's final round, vaulted past the South African to finish at 20-under-par 264 -- good for a one-shot margin of victory.

It was the Northern Ireland native's third triumph of the season and the fifth of his career, boosting him to the top FedExCup standings with two PGA Tour playoff events remaining.

Oosthuizen fell to an even-par 71, ending up in sole possession of second at minus-20. The 2010 British Open winner came up short in his bid for a second career title.

Tiger Woods (66) claimed third at 18-under 266, while Dustin Johnson (70) and Phil Mickelson (66) shared fourth at minus-14.

Mickelson's performance was his best since tying for third at the Masters.


Cuthbert and Phaneuf get engaged

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert, during the weekend, People.com said.

No other details regarding the proposal or whether the pair have set a wedding date were immediately reported.

The couple have been dating since 2008.

Cuthbert is best known for her work on TV's "Happy Endings" and "24."


Oakland Athletics' 9-game win streak snapped

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Chris Iannetta went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Monday, pacing a 14-hit assault that boosted the Los Angeles Angels past Oakland 8-3.

Ianetta's run-scoring single gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the second inning and his two-run shot in the sixth put LA up 7-2.

Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter each added solo homers and two RBI as Los Angeles cooled off the Athletics with a victory in the opener of a three-game series.

C.J. Wilson (11-9) went five innings to collect the win, allowing a pair of runs on five hits. The left-hander walked two and struck out three in claiming his second consecutive start.

A's starter Tommy Milone (11-10) was reached for five runs on 10 hits over just three complete innings.

Chris Carter and Josh Donaldson homered for the American League wild card-leading A's, who saw their nine-game winning streak snapped.

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