Federer reaches semis in Monte Carlo tourney

Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat David Nalbandian 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 Friday and advance to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Federer remains on course for a third straight final against three-time defending champion Rafael Nadal, who beat No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain, 6-1, 7-5.

Federer next plays third-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat unseeded Sam Querrey of the United States, 6-4, 6-0.

Also, fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated Igor Andreev, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.


Wilkerson leads in Funny Car qualifying

Tim Wilkerson topped Funny Car qualifying in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

Wilkerson drove his Chevy Impala SS to a 4.774-second pass at 325.92 mph to become the provisional top qualifier.

Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Ron Krisher (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were first in provisional qualifying.

Also: Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was fastest in both practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain.

Raikkonen followed up a Ferrari 1-2 finish in the morning session by clocking a best time of 1 minute, 21.935 seconds from 38 laps around the 2.892-mile Circuit de Catalunya track.


Avalanche’s Wolski probably out for series

Colorado Avalanche forward Wojtek Wolski will not play in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings and likely will miss the rest of the second-round series because of an upper-body injury.

Wolski was hurt in Detroit’s 4-3 win Thursday night.

Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg, who was scratched from the series opener with a groin injury, is questionable for Game 2.

Also: John H. McConnell, the steel magnate who was the majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets, died in Columbus, Ohio. He was 84.


UCLA quarterbacks hurt in spring practice

UCLA quarterbacks Pat Cowan and Ben Olson are hurt again after struggling through injuries last season.

Each had to be carted off the field Thursday at spring practice, Cowan with a left knee injury and Olson with a broken bone in his right foot. Neither of the injuries occurred because of contact.

Cowan will be sidelined for an indefinite period with ligament and cartilage damage. Olson is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

Also: Danny Wimprine threw nine touchdown passes to help the New Orleans VooDoo gain a 70-56 home win over the winless Utah Blaze in the Arena Football League.

In other AFL action, Chicago defeated Colorado 65-52, and Grand Rapids beat Kansas City, 72-38.

Tiger Woods is no longer on crutches since surgery last week on his left knee, but he said in his monthly newsletter that he does not know when he will return.

Woods had arthroscopic surgery on April 15.

Georgia won its fourth straight NCAA women’s gymnastics title. The Gym Dogs closed with a strong balance beam performance to win the NCAA championship in Athens, Ga.

Morgan Hamm’s petition to the U.S. gymnastics championships was approved, keeping alive his quest to make a third Olympic squad.

Hamm dropped out of a qualifying meet in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, suffering from an allergic reaction that made breathing difficult.

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