Sports in Brief | Canas upsets No. 1 seed Federer

Posted: March 28, 2007

Rematches became repeats for Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova yesterday. Both lost.

Guillermo Canas upset the top-ranked Federer for the second time this month, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (5), in a fourth-round epic at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Serena Williams beat Sharapova, 6-1, 6-1, in a rout reminiscent of their Australian Open final two months ago.

With that, the tourney's two No. 1-seeded players were eliminated.

Two weeks ago, Canas ended Federer's 41-match winning streak in Indian Wells, Calif. Federer made 51 unforced errors last night.

Rafael Nadal, the world No. 2 player, will not play in Spain's Davis Cup quarterfinal against the United States next month. Nadal is seeking to limit his playing time on hard courts to avoid foot injuries that hindered him the last three seasons.

The WTA Tour approved a streamlined tournament schedule beginning in 2009 that will include a longer off-season and fewer top-level events.

The number of Tier I and Tier II events will be cut to 20 from 26 (with eight in North America), women's tour officials said.

Auto racing

Brian Vickers suffered second-degree burns to his feet when an exhaust pipe broke midway through the 500-mile NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Vickers finished 15th in Sunday's race, despite the smoke and carbon monoxide fumes that filled his cockpit for the final 200 laps.

He needed immediate medical attention and received oxygen while still in the car.

Vickers went for a long bicycle ride on Monday to help his body rid the carbon monoxide, but he had to do it standing up because his buttocks also were slightly burned.

Golf

Tiger Woods shot an 8-under 64 to win the stroke-play competition at the Tavistock Cup in Orlando, Fla.

Woods won the individual title at the Ryder Cup-styled event for the third straight year thanks to a run of seven straight birdies at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Woods pocketed $500,000 by beating Justin Rose by 2 strokes in the event for tour players that pits the Lake Nona club against Isleworth. Lake Nona won the team competition, 22-8.

Noteworthy

Bob Seeger, a fixture at Philadelphia Park for 24 years as a breeder, owner and trainer, got his 1,000th victory as a trainer when Sambumbe, ridden by Frankie Pennington, easily took the final race.

Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks and Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr. completed their takeover of Liverpool in the English Premier League.

Liverpool's board agreed to the takeover Feb. 6.

Elsewhere: Soul quarterback Tony Graziani was named the Arena League's offensive player of the week after his franchise-record nine-touchdown performance against the Colorado Crush.

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