Federer wins in front of Prince Charles; Wozniacki eliminated
Roger Federer gave Prince Charles a bow, then gave Fabio Fognini a royal thumping. With the Prince of Wales visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1970, Federer was at his best Wednesday and beat Fognini 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Shortly after Federer's victory, rain interrupted play, and the retractable roof on Centre Court was closed for the first time in the tournament. Defending champion Novak Djokovic won under the lights, beating American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the final match of the day, which finished at 9:52 p.m.
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Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki lost under the roof to Tamira Paszek, who saved two match points in the second set and won 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Other Grand Slam champions advancing included Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick, while 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur and 2011 French Open champion Li Na lost. More than a dozen matches on outside courts were postponed until Thursday. Top-ranked Maria Sharapova led 7-6 (3), 3-1 when her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova was suspended because of darkness. Sharapova saved five set points in the first set.
■ The WTA says it is working with Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation to "drive excessive grunting" out of tennis. The WTA did not provide specifics of the plan, but USA Today reported it includes developing a device for umpires to measure grunting during matches, and a rule to set limits on how much noise is acceptable.
Davis, Calipari among ESPY nominees
The Kentucky men's basketball team was nominated for four ESPY awards: Best Team, Best Coach (John Calipari), Breakthrough Athlete (Anthony Davis) and Best Male College Athlete (Davis). The 20th annual ESPYs will air live July 11. Fans can select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYs.
Churchill Downs moves races to night
Churchill Downs will race at night for the final three days of the spring meet because of looming 100-degree heat in Louisville. The first races Friday, Saturday and Sunday were moved to 6:30 p.m. Thursday's nine-race card was canceled because of the heat.
No. 2 seed falls in Women's State Am
Defending champion April Emerson defeated Kim Hartlage 4 and 2 to advance to the third round of match play in the Women's State Amateur tournament at Elizabethtown Country Club. Emerson will face five-time champion and Lexingtonian Anne Combs, who had a 1-up victory over Rebecca Black. No. 2 seed Lydia Gumm lost to Kaitlyn Riley 2 and 1. Riley is a junior-to-be at Anderson County.
■ U.S. captain Davis Love III selected a pair of longtime friends, Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert, as his assistants for the Ryder Cup.
■ The PGA Tour agreed to a 10-year deal with Web.com as the sponsor of its developmental tour. The Web.com Tour replaces what had been known as the Nationwide Tour, and the change was effective immediately. Web.com, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses. The company was founded in 1997.
■ Matt Dobyns completed a runaway victory Wednesday in the PGA Professional National Championship, closing with a 2-under 70 on the Bayonet course in Seaside, Calif., for an eight-stroke margin. The 34-year-old Dobyns, the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., finished at 13-under 275. The top 20 earned spots in the PGA Championship in August at Kiawah Island. Dobyns also received $75,000 and six PGA Tour exemptions over a 12-month period.
Bird steps down as Pacers' boss
Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers. Bird, perhaps the most respected and beloved basketball figure in a state obsessed with the sport, will leave his job as the Pacers' president of basketball operations at the end of August. He spent four years building the team into an Eastern Conference contender and was this season's NBA executive of the year, but is instead moving on after saying just a month ago that he was willing to stay. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his departure. He said he may need shoulder surgery and cited longstanding issues with his back. "I just think it's time," he said Wednesday.
■ A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Wednesday that the Bucks and Rockets had agreed to a trade a day before the NBA Draft, with the Bucks sending the No. 12 overall pick and three players to the Rockets for the No. 14 pick and center Samuel Dalembert. The Rockets get guard Shaun Livingston and forwards Jon Leuer and Jon Brockman in the deal.
Spain wins shootout, reaches Euro final
Far from its best, Spain still advanced to another major final on Wednesday, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw at the European Championship. Cesc Fabregas, who came on as a substitute in the second half of regulation time, scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves had hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier. Spain, seeking its third straight major trophy after claiming titles at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, will next face either Germany or Italy on Sunday in Kiev.
TRACK AND FIELD
Tiebreaker will be decided after 200
USA Track and Field officials say they will wait until after the women's 200 meters Saturday night at the Olympic track trials to finalize plans for breaking a tie for third place in the 100 meters. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished the 100-meter final this past weekend in a dead heat for third. The top three finishers in each event at the trials make the U.S. Olympic team for London. The announcement Wednesday said officials would wait until after the 200 before determining how the tie would be resolved — either by coin flip or runoff.
Ex-Vols tailback signs with Arkansas St.
Former Tennessee tailback David Oku signed with Arkansas State on Wednesday. Oku, who led Tennessee in kickoff returns and return yardage as a freshman and sophomore, will have two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately because he sat out the 2011 season.
■ Mississippi State freshman quarterback Nick Schuessler has left the football program. His departure leaves the Bulldogs with just two scholarship quarterbacks for the upcoming season — junior Tyler Russell and redshirt freshman Dak Prescott. Schuessler led Grayson High School to a 15-0 record and the state championship in Georgia's largest classification.
The last word
Roger Federer, on royal etiquette when playing in the presence of Prince Charles:
"They do brief you beforehand. I guess you don't do anything stupid. You behave."