Federer upended by Gulbis
in opener at Rome Masters

Roger Federer has a long way to go if he wants to successfully defend his French Open title next month.

In his first singles match of the clay-court season, Federer lost to 40th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 Tuesday in the Rome Masters.

The top-ranked Swiss will play two more tournaments — in Estoril, Portugal, and Madrid — before the start of the French Open on May 23.

“I hope I can come back from this. That’s usually what I do after a loss like this,” Federer said. “Sometimes it takes a loss to wake up and shake you up for your approach the next week. When you always win, sometimes you forget how hard it is. That’s why today, I don’t get too worried about this loss.”

Gulbis was anything but blase about what happened. “I don’t have a word in English for it,” he said. “It’s indescribable.”


UNLV baseball team buried
by UC Riverside’s big bats

The UNLV baseball team couldn’t contain UC Riverside’s offense, losing 18-10 in a windswept nonconference game at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels (21-19) gave up five runs in the first three innings, yet stayed close with three runs of their own. But the Highlanders assumed control with a six-run fourth inning, followed by a four-run fifth.

Justin Shults and Trent Jemmett belted two-run homers to highlight the fourth for Riverside, and Bryan Horst had a three-run shot in the fifth. Shults hit three of Riverside’s five home runs.

Brandon Bayardi went 3-for-5 with two homers and three runs scored for UNLV, hitting a two-run blast in the ninth inning. Kyle Kretchmer was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs.

Also: UNLV softball first baseman Kendall Fearn was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. Fearn, a senior, went 6-for-14 (.429) with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored as the Rebels went 2-2.

University of Washington president Mark A. Emmert became the NCAA’s chief executive, ending the search that began in November.

Emmert succeeds Myles Brand, who died in September from pancreatic cancer. Brand was the first former university president to lead college sports’ largest governing body and the first chief executive to die in office. Jim Isch has served as interim president since Sept. 22 and will continue to do so for the next several months.

Emmert will begin his duties Nov. 1. NCAA officials said he was given a five-year contract.

Iowa State confirmed the swift and somewhat surprising hiring of Fred Hoiberg as its men’s basketball coach after finalizing negotiations with the former Cyclones star.

Hoiberg, known as “The Mayor” during his playing career, replaces Greg McDermott, who left Iowa State after four seasons to take over at Creighton.

Hoiberg, who will leave his post as vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, scored nearly 2,000 points for his hometown Cyclones from 1991 to 1995, then played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Former Florida broadcaster Steve Babik pleaded guilty in Gainesville, Fla., to a child pornography charge. Babik, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. He is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.


Bayern Munich routs Lyon
in Champions League semis

Bayern Munich advanced to the European Champions League final for the first time in nine years, routing Lyon 3-0 in Lyon, France, on three goals by Ivica Olic.

Bayern won the home-and-home total goals series 4-0 and will seek its fifth European title when it plays defending champion Barcelona or Inter Milan in the final May 22 at Madrid.

Barcelona will try to overcome a 3-1 deficit when it plays host to Inter Milan today.

Also: Organizers of the British Open are still waiting for an entry from Tiger Woods but expect him to try to become the first player to win the title three times at St. Andrews on the tournament’s 150th anniversary.

Royal and Ancient Club chief executive Peter Dawson said at a news conference that Woods had not entered the tournament, but added that the American normally waits longer before confirming his entry.

The deadline to enter is May 27, with the tournament set for July 15 to 18.

The IndyCar Series will reward points winners on its two racing disciplines — oval courses and street and road courses — with their own titles this season, in addition to crowning an overall points champ.

The chase for the road/street course title will end Aug. 22 at Infineon Raceway in California. The oval course chase will end Sept. 19 in Motegi, Japan. The season finale, Oct. 2 at Homestead, Fla., will recognize the overall champ.

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