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Federer's streak comes to an end

| Monday, Nov. 21, 2005

SHANGHAI, China -- Hobbled by an ankle injury and on crutches three weeks ago, Roger Federer did something practically unheard of -- he lost a match.

The top-seeded Swiss came within two points of a third consecutive Tennis Masters Cup triumph before losing in five sets to David Nalbandian Sunday.

Federer, who hadn't lost in 24 finals, was beaten 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (3) for only his fourth defeat this year. Nalbandian ended Federer's 35-match winning streak and his bid to equal John McEnroe's 21-year-old mark of 82-3 for the best winning percentage in a season in the Open era.

Nalbandian was ranked 12th before the tournament and was summoned to the eight-man field when Andy Roddick pulled out with an injured back. He had to cancel a fishing trip to travel to Shanghai.

bowling

  • Mike Scroggins rolled games of 240 and 245 in the finals en route to winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters championship yesterday.

    boxing

  • The Muhammad Ali Center was dedicated yesterday in a ceremony celebrating the values of the boxing great and his ties to his hometown. The dedication capped a weekend of hoopla surrounding the opening of the $80 million, six-story center on the edge of downtown Louisville. A Hollywood-style event Saturday night at a nearby performing arts center drew President Clinton as well as athletes, actors and singers.

    College field hockey

  • Top-ranked Maryland won the NCAA Division I field hockey title for the fourth time, defeating Duke 1-0 yesterday on a goal by Jackie Ciconte. Ciconte scored eight minutes into the first half after capturing the ball at the 25-yard line and carrying it through the Blue Devils' defense.

    College football

  • Youngstown State, a tri-champion of the Gateway Football Conference, was left off the list of teams earning NCAA Division I-AA playoff bids Sunday, despite an 8-3 record and a No. 15 national ranking. One district team will continue on the playoff road this weekend after two others were eliminated in the first round on Saturday No. 15 Thiel (11-0), the Presidents' Athletic Conference champion, posted its first NCAA Division III playoff victory, beating visiting Johns Hopkins, 28-3, to advance to a second-round home game against No. 11 Bridgewater (Va.). Bridgewater (9-1) defeated No. 14 Washington & Jefferson, 30-21, in the first round.

    Horse racing

  • Miraculous Miss remained undefeated in three career starts, beating Diamond Spirit by two lengths in yesterday's $106,600 Valley Stream stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Miraculous Miss covered six furlongs in 1:11.13 over the fast track and paid $21.20, $6.70 and $3. Diamond Spirit paid $4.40 and $2.70, while India paid $2.10 to show.

    running

  • Kenyans swept the top three places in the Philadelphia Marathon and a local runner won the women's title yesterday. Joseph Nderitu won in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 2 seconds, outdistancing countrymen Joshua Koros (2:22.52) and Joseph Kamau (2:23.57). Emily Kroshus, a Philadelphia resident, completed her first marathon in 2:43.07. The 22-year-old pulled away from runner-up Larisa Michailova of Russia at the 12-mile mark

    winter sports

  • Germany won the men's cross country ski relay and Norway captured the women's relay yesterday at a World Cup meet.

    The German quartet covered the 40-kilometer mixed-style relay in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 37.5 seconds.

  • Apolo Anton Ohno finished third behind Ahn Hyun-soo and Lee Ho-suk of South Korea in the World Cup standings. Despite losing his overall title, Ohno didn't lose confidence ahead of the Turin Olympics. "I am within striking distance," he said. "Third is not bad. I am right in the mix. It is not 15th or 20th."

  • Alexandr Zoubkov of Russia won a World Cup four-man bobsled race at Lake Placid yesterday, an event marred by a scary crash that knocked American driver Todd Hays out of gold-medal contention.

  • Armin Zoggeler of Italy set a track record in winning the World Cup men's singles luge event yesterday.

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