RODDICK UPSET: Top-seeded Andy Roddick was upset by Fabrice Santoro in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Santoro hit three aces in the last game to complete a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 victory over the American.

The 34-year-old Santoro's next match will be against fellow Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, who beat Rodolphe Cadart of France 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday.

BLAKE WINS: James Blake defeated Oscar Hernandez 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round at the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday in Basil.

The fourth-seeded Blake is among 20 players seeking to clinch one of the last three spots remaining at the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai next month. The American reached the final last year but lost to Roger Federer.

Blake will next face Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.

"That's what I am worried about right now, not the semis or the final," Blake said.

Blake, a wild card in Basel, has to overtake two players to qualify for Shanghai. The Paris Masters next week is the final tournament of the year before the Masters Cup.


ARGENTINA NEW NO. 1: Argentina returned to No. 1 in soccer's world rankings Wednesday, with World Cup champion Italy dropping two places to third. The United States stayed in 18th place.

Argentina climbed one spot after wins over Chile and Venezuela in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Brazil beat Ecuador 5-0 and drew at Colombia to move up one place to second.


DOC STANDS PAT: A Jamaican government pathologist whose autopsy of Pakistan's cricket coach launched an international murder investigation insisted Wednesday that Bob Woolmer died of pesticide poisoning.

"My final opinion is it was asphyxia, associated with cypermethrin poisoning," said Ere Sheshiah, who added that police rushed him to make a final judgment before a toxicology report in June revealed fatal levels of the pesticide cypermethrin.

Four days after Woolmer's death, Sheshiah ruled Woolmer had been strangled, setting off a media frenzy and a wide-ranging murder investigation.


WILLIAMS, ESTRADA WIN: Middleweight Shawn Estrada and light featherweight Raynell Williams took their first steps toward the Beijing Olympics with victories in the preliminary round of the World Boxing Championships on Wednesday in Chicago.

Estrada defeated Artur Zlatopolski of Israel after Williams started things off when he defeated France's Khedafi Djelkhir early in the afternoon.

Auto racing

HENDRICK WINS APPEAL: An appeals committee overturned Wednesday the $10,000 fine levied against a crew chief for Kyle Busch following a Busch Series race in Kansas.

Michael Bumgarner was fined after Busch's win at Kansas Speedway last month because NASCAR said the intake manifold on the Chevrolet did not conform to its standards.

Hendrick Motorsports argued that the part, and others identical to it, had been used over the past three seasons and never failed inspection.

In a unanimous decision to overturn the penalty, the three members of the National Stock Car Racing Commission said parts of the inspection process were inconclusive.