Andy Roddick hit another bump in his bid to shake an early-season slump yesterday, losing to David Ferrer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
In a night match, defending champion Roger Federer rallied from a break down in the opening set and beat No. 9-seeded James Blake, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
No. 12-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the women's final by beating top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo for the second time in five weeks, 6-1, 6-4.
Her opponent tomorrow night will be No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova, who was leading a night semifinal, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-3, when No. 22 Tatiana Golovin retired.
Elsewhere: Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten will not return to professional tennis for at least another month because of a hip injury.
Howard "Red" Hickey, 89, the NFL coach who invented the shotgun offensive formation while with the San Francisco 49ers in 1960, died yesterday in Aptos, Calif., his son said.
Jeffrey Hickey did not disclose the cause of his father's death.
Mr. Hickey coached San Francisco from 1959 to '63, going 27-27-1 before resigning three games into the 1963 season.
He played on the Cleveland Rams' 1945 championship team, was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams' title team in 1951, and spent two decades as an assistant and scout for the Dallas Cowboys.
The New York Jets signed cornerback Andre Dyson, an unrestricted free agent who last season helped Seattle to its first Super Bowl appearance.
Dyson, 26, returned an interception and a fumble for a touchdown against the Eagles last season, becoming the first player since 1999 to score on two defensive returns in the same game.
Officials from New Jersey, the New York Giants and New York Jets are expected to announce today an updated agreement for the proposed $1 billion Meadowlands football stadium.
Under the new agreement, the state would not be required to pay for $30 million worth of infrastructure costs and would allow the teams to collect money for naming rights to the entire complex, in addition to naming rights for the new stadium, the Associated Press reported.
The Jets also announced that they plan to build their new corporate headquarters and training facility in Florham Park, N.J., and plan to move from their Long Island home in the summer of 2007.
Elsewhere: The New Orleans Saints signed wide receiver Chris Horn, a backup in Kansas City last season, to a two-year contract, and re-signed defensive tackle Cedric Woodard to a one-year deal. . . . Running back Verron Haynes re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, agreeing to a two-year contract.
Arsenal is closing on Manchester United as the world's most valuable soccer team because the north London club is poised to boost match-day revenue by moving to a bigger stadium, Forbes magazine said.
Arsene Wenger's team has jumped from sixth to fourth in the U.S. publication's third annual table of the top 25 teams from around the world by increasing its value by 37 percent to $841 million. United tops the list with a valuation of $1.37 billion, ahead of Real Madrid and A.C. Milan.
Arsenal's switch from its 38,500-seat Highbury stadium to the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium in August could increase its annual revenue by as much as $60 million, Forbes said.
Former Brazilian star Romario will play for Miami FC this year during its first season in the United Soccer League, then return to his home country.
The 40-year-old striker helped Brazil win the 1994 World Cup in the United States. He will rejoin the Brazlian league club Vasco in September.
Todd Pletcher will give a few more of his talented 3-year-olds the chance to earn a trip to the Kentucky Derby.
The nation's leading trainer will send out Saint Augustus and Sunriver, a pair of promising colts coming off victories in allowance races, in tomorrow's $1 million Florida Derby.
Pletcher is looking to add to his already potent Derby arsenal of Bluegrass Cat, Keyed Entry and possibly High Cotton.
The stakes winners are training for their final preps - Keyed Entry in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8, Bluegrass Cat in the Blue Grass at Keeneland, and High Cotton in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, both April 15.
In the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Sunriver is the 6-1 fourth choice behind Barbaro, the unbeaten 8-5 favorite trained by Michael Matz of Unionville. A field of 11 was entered.
Sunriver is a full brother to champion filly Ashado and will be ridden by John Velasquez.