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May 22, 2015 - 12:52pm
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GENEVA (AP) — Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the Geneva Open final on Friday and will play Joao Sousa of Portugal for the title.

Bellucci, twice a champion at Switzerland's other clay-court event in Gstaad, eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-4.

The 60th-ranked Bellucci says "this is my favorite place to play. Maybe I feel very relaxed here."

The sixth-seeded Sousa beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 2-6, 6...

May 22, 2015 - 12:50pm
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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Third-seeded Samantha Stosur advanced to her first final this season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens at the Strasbourg International Friday.

Stosur, a former French Open finalist, is hitting form at the right time, with the clay-court Grand Slam tournament starting on Sunday at Roland Garros.

Next up for Stosur will be Kristina Mladenovic, who won an all-French semifinal when Virginie Razzano retired with an...

May 22, 2015 - 12:50pm
1 min 35 sec ago

North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal.

In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham say UNC is reviewing the notice and will release it publicly at a later date.

The statement did not reveal the contents of the document, which the NCAA uses to specify rules violations. UNC's response is due in 90 days.

The NCAA...

May 22, 2015 - 12:45pm
1 min 35 sec ago

There will be more riding on this year's road cycling nationals than usual this weekend.

Sure, the winners of the time trials and road races once again get to wear the stars-and-stripes jerseys for another year. But for the first time since 1986, they will get to wear them for the world championships on U.S. soil when that event comes to Virginia in September.

The national championships begin Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the men's and...

May 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
1 min 35 sec ago

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — An attorney for Aaron Hernandez says the former New England Patriots player is running out of money because he's had to pay so many lawyers.

Attorney John Fitzpatrick made the comments Thursday during a hearing in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's mother has sued Hernandez, and her lawyers are trying to...

May 22, 2015 - 12:25pm
1 min 35 sec ago

NICE, France (AP) — Dominic Thiem hit 11 aces Friday to upset second-seeded John Isner and set up a final against Leonardo Mayer at the Open de Nice.

The big-serving Isner also had 11 aces and saved seven of eight break points in the first set but lost the first three games of the second set to slump to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss at the clay-court tournament.

The 42nd-ranked Thiem, who is chasing his maiden ATP tour title, said "you don't play a final every...

May 22, 2015 - 12:20pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll's status would be a game-time decision.

The practice was closed to the media, but Carroll's knee was heavily wrapped and he walked with a slight limp on his way back to the locker room.

Carroll was...

May 22, 2015 - 12:17pm
1 min 34 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power led the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 in a session that was dominated by Chevrolet.

Power turned a fast lap at 229.020 mph in Friday's final session to put Team Penske on top of the leaderboard. He was followed by Scott Dixon, who turned a lap at 228.585, and then Tony Kanaan as Chip Ganassi Racing drivers went second and third.

Penske was also represented by Simon Pagenaud, who was fourth fastest....

May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
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GLAND, Switzerland (AP) — Michael Schumacher's manager says the seven-time Formula One champion is still improving, almost 17 months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident.

Sabine Kehm says in a video interview: "We are happy to say still he does improvement and I say this always considering the severeness of the injury he had."

She adds: "But of course it will take a very long time for everybody involved to fight, and we are happy...

May 22, 2015 - 11:58am
1 min 34 sec ago

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Serious injuries such as bone fractures and dislocations are occupational hazards for bull riders, but doctors, riders and researchers say concussions are at the top of the list.

The Professional Bull Riders' circuit provides a stable of doctors, requires helmets for anyone born after 1994 and insists that concussed riders pass a test before getting back in the saddle.

But in this era of concern about head injuries suffered...

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