Fatigued Federer will skip Switzerland’s Davis Cup match
Roger Federer will skip Switzerland’s Davis Cup match in Kazakhstan this weekend to stay fresh for the rest of the season.
"I need some extra time to relax after the intense weeks in North America so I can finish the year strong," Federer said Wednesday on his official website.
Federer reached the U.S. Open semifinals — losing in five sets to Novak Djokovic on Saturday — after winning the title at the Cincinnati Masters and losing in the final at the Toronto Masters.
Federer is next scheduled to play at the Shanghai Masters starting Oct. 10, then return to Europe for the indoor hardcourt season.
His competitive season ends at the ATP World Tour Finals in London beginning Nov. 21.
Also: Zheng Jie of China, ranked 23rd on the WTA Tour, will have surgery to repair an injury to her left wrist and is likely out for the rest of the year.
Her injury got worse during the U.S. Open in New York. She was knocked out in the second round by Ana Ivanovic, but she reached the semifinals in doubles.
Ex-Sierra Vista goalie Fontein named national player of week
UC Irvine’s Andrew Fontein, a former Sierra Vista High School standout, was named the player of the week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Fontein, the goalkeeper for the eighth-ranked Anteaters, had three shutouts last week, giving the junior 14 shutouts and 25 victories in his college career.
Also: AC Milan and Real Madrid began the Champions League with 2-0 victories, and English rivals Chelsea and Arsenal opened with high-scoring wins.
AC Milan beat Auxerre in Milan, Italy, and Real Madrid shut out Ajax in Madrid, Spain.
Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela each scored twice in Arsenal’s 6-0 rout of Portuguese side Braga in London, and Nicolas Anelka had two goals as Chelsea beat Zilina 4-1 in Zilina, Slovakia.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat are taking training camp to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida’s Panhandle.
The Heat announced that they’ll train for six days at the military installation in Fort Walton Beach from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. Miami has typically held training camp at its home arena.
The New York Rangers agreed to terms with Marc Staal on a multiyear contract, ensuring that the young defenseman will be at training camp when it opens Friday.
Staal, a restricted free agent, could have drawn interest in the form of an offer sheet from other teams but instead reached a deal to stay in New York, the team announced.
The Ottawa Senators will host the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, commissioner Gary Bettman announced. The game will be played Jan. 29, 2012.
The body of boxing promoter Bob Arum’s son was recovered in North Cascades National Park, the National Park Service said. John Arum, 49, died late last month while attempting to climb the 8,500-foot Storm King Mountain.
Team Nevada shot 8-over-par 150 in the second round of the USGA Men’s State Team Championship in Santa Rosa, Calif., and stands 47th heading into today’s final round.
Steve Fink shot 3-over 74 and fellow Las Vegan Brady Exber shot 76, giving Nevada a 28-over 312 total. Kansas and Georgia were tied for the lead at 3-under 281.