Nadal to face Roddick next
LONDON Rafael Nadal overcame Ivo Karlovic's powerful serve to reach the Queen's Club semifinals, where he will face defending champion Andy Roddick.
The top-seeded Nadal defeated Karlovic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) on Friday. Roddick, seeded third, advanced without picking up a racket when Andy Murray withdrew with a thumb injury.
Also reaching Saturday's semifinals was No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who won 6-2, 6-2 over four-time tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt. Djokovic next will play fourth-seeded David Nalbandian, who defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). Neither Nadal nor Karlovic managed a service break in their match. Nadal didn't even bother reaching for many of the 35 aces hit by the 6-foot-10 Croat. Nadal had just two break points in the match.
BARCELONA SEMIS: At Barcelona, Spain, second-seeded Maria Kirilenko defeated last year's runner-up, Edina Gallovits, 7-6 (3), 6-1, to reach the semifinals of the Torneo Barcelona on Friday. Kirilenko will face Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, who defeated Ekaterina Ivanova 6-2, 6-1. Fourth-seeded Lucia Safarova quit with a right hamstring injury while trailing 6-4, 4-1 against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. No. 6 Sara Erani was eliminated by Nuria Llagostera Vives, who rallied to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
2 NASCAR officials put on leave
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Two officials named in a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against NASCAR have been placed on administrative leave for violating company policy, The Associated Press has learned.
The officials, who were not identified, were sent home from Kentucky Speedway on Friday, a person familiar with the NASCAR investigation told the AP. Mauricia Grant filed her suit Tuesday, alleging 23 specific incidents of sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of racial and gender discrimination during her time as a technical inspector for NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.
Injury ends Harris' BMX quest
Bubba Harris' quest to make the U.S. Olympic BMX racing team is over. Harris, whose Olympic hopes were derailed by a grotesque, career-threatening dislocation of his left foot and ankle 10 months ago, broke his right foot in a training crash Thursday. The injury was diagnosed Friday, meaning he won't race in Saturday's first-ever Olympic BMX trials in Chula Vista, Calif. The Americans will send three men to the BMX field in Beijing.
NFL suspends Bengals' Henry
CINCINNATI (AP) Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry has been suspended by the NFL pending the outcome of his trial later this month, his agent said Friday. The Bengals released Henry on April 3 after he was arrested for the fifth time. Henry is scheduled for trial June 24 in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on charges of assault and criminal damaging. A man accused Henry of punching him in the face and breaking his car window with a beer bottle. Henry had received permission from the judge to try out with other NFL teams. Commissioner Roger Goodell has blocked him from doing so until his case is heard.
Sportscaster Charlie Jones dies
SAN DIEGO (AP) Charlie Jones, the deep-voiced sportscaster whose career as a play-by-play announcer dated to the beginning of the American Football League in 1960, has died. He was 77. Jones died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in the La Jolla district of San Diego, his longtime agent, Martin Mandel, told The Associated Press. NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol called Jones "one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports. His work in particular on the NFL, golf and the Olympics left a lasting legacy." Jones worked for ABC and NBC in a career spanning 38 years. He is survived by wife Ann Jones, two children and three grandchildren.