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Briefs: Mauresmo falls in French Open upset

| Sunday, June 3, 2007

PARIS -- Two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo was upset in the third round of the French Open on Saturday, losing before her home fans to Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Mauresmo, who won Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2006, also lost to Safarova while trying to defend her title at Melbourne in January.

"The fact is that there's no miracle today," Mauresmo said. "I mean, I've been struggling for weeks now. Coming here at the French Open, I didn't really know what to expect."

The Frenchwoman has never reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 13 attempts since her debut in 1995. She said she's still not fit after having her appendix removed in March.

Maria Sharapova reached the fourth round of the French Open for the fourth time. She rallied from 4-1 down in the second set to beat Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-1, 6-4, despite a bothersome right shoulder. Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Albert Montanes, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in his third-round match.

Mauresmo led, 3-0, in each set. But she double-faulted for the eighth time to fall behind 2-0 in the tiebreaker, and a long backhand gave Safarova three match points. Safarova won when Mauresmo returned her serve into the net.

"I was fighting for each point," said Safarova, a Czech seeded 25th. "I never give up."

Cycling

In Verona, Italy, Italian Danilo Di Luca retained the overall lead and Paolo Savoldelli won the 20th stage individual time trial of the Giro d'Italia.

Football

The Pittsburgh Passion (6-0) defeated the Cincinnati Sizzle (0-6) at home, 55-7. Passion quarterbacks Lisa Horton and Kara Prentice combined for 127 passing yards and threw a touchdown pass each. Running back Torina Henley had 10 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Golf

Stanford shot a 1-over 281 yesterday and ran away with the NCAA tournament by 12 shots, claiming its first golf championship since 1994 and signaling the resurgence of the program under third-year coach Conrad Ray.

Motor sports

Helio Castroneves won his fourth pole in six tries this season and the 20th of his career yesterday in time trials for the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Sailing

In Valencia, Spain, Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Luna Rossa of Italy for a 2-0 lead yesterday in the Louis Vuitton Cup final.

Soccer

In Copenhagen, Denmark, the European Championship qualifier between Sweden and Denmark was abandoned at 3-3 after a Danish fan tried to attack the referee for awarding a penalty kick in the 89th minute. Danish soccer officials initially said referee Herbert Fandel had awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory, but European soccer's governing body said the result would have to be confirmed by an investigation.

Off the field

• Marquise Hill was buried in New Orleans yesterday, nearly a week after the New England Patriots player died in a personal watercraft accident on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana.

• Dave Smalley, who coached the men's and women's basketball teams at Navy during more than 50 years in sports at the academy, has died. He was 72.

• Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau was arrested early yesterday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police found liquor being served at Trudeau's home for a high school graduation party, a release from the Boone County (Ind.) Sheriff's department said.

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