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UNLV

Tennis teammates to face off
in Mountain Regional final

UNLV’s Lucia Batta and Aleksandra Josifoska will meet in today’s singles final in the USTA/ITA Division I Women’s Mountain Regional Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Batta, seeded second, beat Denver’s Madeleine Saari-Bystrom 6-3, 6-2 in one semifinal Saturday, and Josifoska earned a 6-3, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Anastasia Putilina of Utah.

Also: The UNLV volleyball team swept Air Force 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 in a Mountain West Conference match at Cox Pavilion.

Makenzie Moea’i had 12 kills for the Rebels (10-10, 3-4 MWC), and Stephanie Thelen had 29 assists.

UNLV’s Lauren Petersen won the Northridge Invitational cross country race, covering 6 kilometers in 21 minutes, 54 seconds in a field of 121 runners at Northridge, Calif.

Petersen paced the Rebels to fifth place in the 10-team field with a score of 107 points. UC Santa Barbara won with 72.

MOTOR SPORTS

NHRA Top Fuel leader Massey
knocked out in qualifying

Top Fuel points leader Spencer Massey failed to qualify for the final eliminations in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.

Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) raced to the No. 1 qualifying positions in the 20th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The event is the fourth in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoffs to determine the season titles.

Massey entered the event with a 65-point lead over Antron Brown, who qualified sixth.

MISCELLANEOUS

Ex-NBA great West reveals
long battle with depression

Jerry West said he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Famer, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA’s biggest influences.

West said his West Virginia childhood was devoid of love and filled with anger as a result of his abusive father, who left him feeling tormented and worthless.

“I would go to bed feeling like I didn’t even want to live,” West says in a segment airing Tuesday on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

“I’ve been so low sometimes, and when everyone else would be so high because I didn’t like myself.”

The 73-year-old West’s memoir, “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,” is in stores Wednesday.

Also: The Wranglers got blitzed in the first two periods, losing to the Alaska Aces for the second straight night, 5-1 in Anchorage.

Las Vegas (0-2) trailed 2-0 after the first period, then got an Eric Lampe goal to make it 2-1 early in the second period. But the Aces (2-0) reeled off three goals in the ensuing four minutes to put the game away early.

The Wranglers next have their home opener Friday at Orleans Arena against Ontario (Calif.).

Fourth-ranked Andy Murray of Scotland overpowered Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-0, setting up a Shanghai Masters final against fifth-ranked David Ferrer, who beat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.

Petra Kvitova beat former No. 1 player Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria, to reach her sixth final of the season and first since winning Wimbledon. In the other semifinal, Dominika Cibulkova beat Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 6-4.

Top-seeded Samantha Stosur reached the Japan Open final in Osaka with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 victory over unseeded Zie Jheng. In the other semi, Marion Bartoli defeated third-seeded Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Irish-bred filly Together won the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., in just her second start in the United States.

The 3-year-old, a 9-2 underdog, won the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile race by 1¼ lengths in 1:48.83. Marketing Mix finished second and Nereid third.

Ultimate Eagle beat Venomous by a half-length in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at 34-1 odds in his stakes debut at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Ultimate Eagle ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:47.03 and paid $70.40, $23.60 and $12.20.

McKayla Maroney gave the United States women a sweep of the first three gold medals at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo by winning the vault title, and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura took gold on floor exercise about 18 hours after becoming the first man to win three all-around titles.

The U.S. women had already claimed the team gold, as well as the all-around gold from Jordyn Wieber.

Anaheim Ducks left wing Jason Blake will be out for three months with tendon damage in his left forearm caused by a severe cut suffered in a 1-0 victory over San Jose on Friday.

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