Djokovic deflates French crowd by beating back Tsonga
Four times, the stands at Roland Garros were ready to erupt, a beloved Frenchman standing one point from beating the world's top player and ending his quest for history.
Four times, Novak Djokovic had an answer for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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And so, instead of Tsonga Time at the French Open, Djokovic is still on the road to the "Novak Slam."
Top-seeded Djokovic overcame four match points, to say nothing of the wildly partisan crowd, for a 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory over Tsonga that ended near twilight Tuesday in front of drizzle-soaked stands that had quickly emptied after the match points vanished and the final set had become academic.
It was the end to a remarkable day of tennis that included third-seeded Roger Federer's comeback from two sets down for a 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed Juan Martin del Potro. It marked Federer's seventh career rally from down two sets to love.
Earlier in the day, in the women's quarterfinals, No. 6 Samantha Stosur defeated No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1 and No. 21 Sara Errani made her first Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber.
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan remember their 2003 French Open doubles title as if it was yesterday.
They stayed on course to win a record 12th Grand Slam championship together by defeating Oliver Marach of Austria and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Sports in the Courts
Ex-Raven bankruptcy hearing postponed
A bankruptcy court hearing in Atlanta for former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has been delayed.
Lewis filed for bankruptcy in April, listing $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts. The 32-year-old retired in 2009 after nine seasons with the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. His off-the-field investments have included trucking, hotels, theme parks and resort projects.
The case's trustee had filed a motion seeking to convert the case to a Chapter 7 filing, where the trustee can sell off assets. At a hearing Tuesday, the trustee asked that another hearing be scheduled following a creditors' meeting in June. A new hearing was set for July 10.
Track and field
Gay plans to test hip in 'low-key' race
The agent for Tyson Gay says the sprinter will run a "low-key" 100-meter race at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on Saturday in his first competition since hip surgery.
His representative Mark Wetmore confirmed late Monday night Gay will run in a "B" heat and not the marquee event that features reigning world champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica.
Gay, a Lexington native, is the American record holder in the 100, but had surgery last July to repair his ailing hip. He has been extremely cautious with his rehabilitation since the procedure, but hopes to be ready for the Olympic trials that begin in less than three weeks. The former world champion turns 30 in August.
Reutimann to replace suspended Busch
David Reutimann will replace suspended driver Kurt Busch in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
Busch was suspended by NASCAR for this entire upcoming weekend for verbally abusing a reporter last weekend at Dover. Phoenix Racing will borrow Reutimann from Tommy Baldwin Racing to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet in place of Busch.
Busch's future is not clear with the James Finch-owned race team. Finch told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday he'll meet with Busch next week and their partnership will be on a race-by-race basis.
Seattle punished for excessive workouts
The NFL has punished the Seattle Seahawks for excessive off-season workouts.
The league's management council and the players' union determined that Seattle violated the collective bargaining agreement's off-season workout rules by having live contact during one of the club's organized team activities (OTAs).
As punishment, the Seahawks will forfeit scheduled OTA practices Wednesday and Thursday, plus a workout day Friday. Players are prohibited from being at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions.
Seattle cannot reschedule the canceled days.
The NFL Referees Association is disputing a claim by the league that the officials threatened to take a strike vote after their contract expired.
Mike Arnold, counsel for the officials, says Tuesday that claim is "patently false."
"The NFLRA has never threatened to strike," Arnold said. "After repeated references by the NFL during negotiations regarding its plans to obtain replacement officials, the NFLRA briefed its members at its annual meeting on April 21, 2012. No strike vote was taken at the meeting"
Morehead, Marshall to resume series
Morehead State and Marshall have signed a four-year contract to resume their men's basketball series. Marshall will host the Eagles in Huntington, W.Va., on Nov. 28 this season and at a date to be determined in 2014. The Thundering Herd will travel to Morehead in 2013 and 2015. The teams, roughly an hour apart, haven't met since Dec. 1, 2007 when Marshall defeated Morehead State 69-56 in Huntington. Marshall holds a 50-43 advantage in the all-time series and has won 16 of the past 20 meetings.
Alabama forces Game 3 vs. Sooners
Jackie Traina and Amanda Locke each had three-run doubles and Alabama forced a decisive third game in the Women's College World Series finals by beating Oklahoma 8-6 on Tuesday night. Traina laced a double to the warning track in left-center field with two outs in the second inning, putting the second-seeded Crimson Tide (59-8) ahead to stay.
C-J columnists hired by TV station
Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, the two sports columnists for the Louisville Courier-Journal, announced Monday they are leaving the newspaper to work for WDRB, a television station in Louisville. The TV station said the pair will be "read and seen exclusively on WDRB.com and WDRB News."
The last word
After losing a close match to No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, the crowd chanted France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's name, trying to lift the spirits of a player who hoped to give France its first male champion at a Grand Slam tournament since 1983. Said Tsonga:
"I was tired. I was frustrated. I was disappointed. You want to break your racket. You want to shout. You want to cry. You want to laugh and say, 'Oh, come on. That's a joke. How could I lose this match?'"