Sports in Brief: Haas tops Federer in Wimbledon prep

Posted: June 19, 2012

Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer, 7-6 (5), 6-4, to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, on Sunday.

The 87th-ranked Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34, recovered from losing his serve in the first game by winning the opening set in a tiebreaker and then getting the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set.

The Queen's Club final in London was halted abruptly when David Nalbandian injured a line judge, handing the title to Marin Cilic.

The 10th-seeded Nalbandian was leading in the second set when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge in anger. A piece of the barrier then hit the judge, causing bleeding on his left shin.

After checking on the line judge, the chair umpire decided to end the match. ATP rules state that any violent action will result in an automatic default.

American Melanie Oudin will play former top-ranked Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the rain-delayed Aegon Classic final in Birmingham, England, on Monday after both players won quarterfinal and semifinal matches Sunday.

Oudin also received a wild card into Wimbledon. The 20-year-old was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Open but has struggled to regain that form.

Grega Zemlja of Slovenia received the final men's wild-card spot in the tournament, which starts June 25.

FOOTBALL:LaDainian Tomlinson's brilliant NFL career will officially end Monday. The Diego Chargers said Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team on Monday and then announce his retirement.

Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and spent the first nine years of his career there. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.

The four players suspended in the wake of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have appeal hearings scheduled before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday.

Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, has been suspended eight games. Saints linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma was suspended the whole season, while Saints defensive end Will Smith was suspended four games and former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was suspended three games.

Representatives of the players have said the NFL has shared nothing showing that any player was ever paid for injuring a targeted opponent.

HORSE RACING:John Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, broke his right collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs. His mount, Mr. Producer, broke down and Velazquez was thrown forward and kicked while on the ground by a trailing horse.

NOTEWORTHY:Nic Long joined Connor Fields on the U.S. BMX team for the London Olympics when he was announced as the discretionary pick. David Herman had already qualified by leading USA Cycling's power rankings.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. recovered from a slow start to stop Andy Lee at 2:21 of the seventh round Saturday night and retain the WBC middleweight title in El Paso, Texas.

- Staff and wire reports

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