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Venus, Serena to meet; Federer edges Roddick

Venus and Serena Williams say they’ve seen little of each other the past week because of their busy schedules. That will change tonight, when they meet in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

The 20th showdown between the sisters ensures a finalist from the family Saturday. The Williams sisters have won eight of the past 11 Key Biscayne titles.

Serena advanced first Wednesday, overcoming a dismal start to beat unseeded Li Na, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2. Five hours later, she was joined in the semis by No. 5 seed Venus, who beat No. 26 Iveta Benesova, 6-1, 6-4.

The other semifinal will be between No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 11 Victoria Azarenka.

Venus leads the family rivalry, 10-9. She has won the past two meetings and has a 2-1 advantage at Key Biscayne.

Second-ranked Roger Federer also stayed on track for a showdown with top-ranked Rafael Nadal, beating fifth-seeded Andy Roddick 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the semis.

Federer improved to 17-2 against Roddick and avenged a loss when they met in the Key Biscayne quarterfinals last year. Federer next will face No. 3 Novak Djokovic, who beat No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-4.

Also: John McEnroe will be part of ESPN2’s announcing team when the network carries the U.S. Open for the first time this year.

He sometimes will be paired in the broadcast booth with his younger brother Patrick, who succeeded him as the U.S. Davis Cup captain.


UNLV’s Nedeltcheva nets MWC tennis honor

UNLV women’s tennis player Kristina Nedeltcheva was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Nedeltcheva was a combined 4-2 in singles and doubles play last week, helping UNLV go 3-0, including upsets of No. 29 San Diego State and No. 32 Texas Christian. She won her No. 1 singles contests in both those matches.

Also: The UNLV baseball team dropped its seventh straight game, losing to Cal State Northridge 9-4 in Northridge, Calif.

The Rebels (13-15) tied the game at 2 in the top of the third inning, but the Matadors put up two runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to regain control.

Bryan Resnick went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for UNLV, which will host Utah this weekend in a three-game series.

The UNR football team will play four games on ESPN this fall, three of them on Friday night and one on a Sunday.

UNR’s Sunday game is Nov. 8 at San Jose State, with kickoff at 5:15 p.m.

The televised Friday contests include the Wolf Pack’s home game against Missouri on Sept. 25.


IOC to consider adding women’s boxing in 2012

Female boxers will find out in August if they will be allowed to compete at the 2012 London Games.

The International Olympic Committee said it is looking at a proposal from the International Amateur Boxing Association to include women’s boxing.

Of the 26 Summer Olympic sports federations organizing competitions in London, boxing is the only one without female participants.

Also: The former chief executive of BetOnSports pleaded guilty in St. Louis to federal racketeering conspiracy, admitting that the Internet company falsely portrayed Web-based gambling as legal in the United States and caused customers to lose millions of dollars they’ll probably never get back.

As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, David Carruthers, 51, of the United Kingdom, agreed to cooperate in the case against BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan and six other associates. Kaplan and four of the others are scheduled to go to trial in September. Two others remain at large.

CBS Sports broadcaster Greg Gumbel claims in a lawsuit a television producer tricked him into hosting a series of Internet infomercials.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The suit claims Paul Douglas Scott, owner of Deerfield Beach-based Encore Television Group Inc., told Gumbel he would be announcing introductions for educational programming.

Instead, Gumbel says his introductions were used in infomercials for time-shares, magnet therapy and other products.

John Terry scored the winning goal in the 85th minute to lead England to a 2-1 win over Ukraine in Wembley, England, stretching the team’s winning streak to five games in World Cup qualifying.

Argentina suffered its worst defeat in World Cup qualifying when it wilted 6-1 against Bolivia at high altitude in La Paz, Bolivia.

The result eclipsed a 5-0 defeat against Colombia in 1993 and ruined the early promise shown under coach Diego Maradona, who had gained three victories in three games with no goals conceded since he took over in November.

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