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Youznhy moves to St. Petersburg 2nd round

St. Petersburg, Russia -- Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny won his first-round match at the St. Petersburg Open but two seeded players lost Wednesday at the tournament in Russia.

Youzhny took over Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-1 without facing a break point and converted 4-of-6 break-point chances. He lost only three points -- one on a double fault -- in eight service games.

While he moved on, second-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky and No. 5-seeded Viktor Troicki were both ousted in their first-round matches. Benjamin Becker only managed two service breaks but each cost Stakhovsky a set in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Becker win. Rainer Schuettler handled Troicki 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, getting three breaks in the third set to advance.

Loux to become a free agent

Phoenix -- First-round draft pick Barret Loux will become a free agent Sept. 1 after MLB helped settle a dispute between the pitcher and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks picked Loux, a right-hander from Texas A&M, as the sixth overall choice in June. But he reportedly failed a physical. The team, under an agreement, decided to take another pick, the seventh next year.

Reports said Loux and the team had reached an agreement before his problems with a shoulder and elbow surfaced, but then were unable to finalize the deal.

Loux would have been ineligible to play on a team this year without a deal, and would have re-entered the draft next June.

But Major League Baseball intervened and the sides worked it out.

Petzschner, Stakhovsky fall in Croatia

Umag, Croatia -- Seeded players Philipp Petzschner of Germany and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine were ousted Tuesday in the first round of the Croatia Open.

Playing on the clay courts at ITC Stella Maris in Umag, Belgian Olivier Rochus upset Petzschner, seeded fifth, 6-2, 6-3. Italian Potito Starace eliminated Stakhovsky, seeded seventh, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0.

In other opening-round action, Andreas Seppi of Italy defeated Argentine Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and qualifier Simone Bolelli of Italy beat Croatian wild card Antonio Veic 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Other winners were Croatian wild card Ivan Dodig, Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, Czech Jan Hajek and Frenchman Stephane Robert.

Pavlyuchenkova wins in rout in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova dropped just one game Tuesday in taking a first-round victory at the Istanbul Cup in Turkey.

Pavlyuchenkova, seeded third, topped Marta Domachowska 6-1, 6-0. Pavlyuchenkova actually dropped serve once but broke Domachowska's serve six times and won 70 percent of the points in the match.

Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone finished off a 6-2, 6-2 win over Anne Keothavong in a match that had been suspended because of rain Monday with Schiavone ahead 4-0.

However, No. 2-seeded Petra Kvitova was ousted, losing 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 to Anastasija Sevastova, who saved both third-set, break-point situations she faced.

British Open celebrates 150th anniversary

St. Andrews, Scotland -- Golf's oldest tournament celebrates its 150th anniversary beginning Thursday with the playing of the first round of the British Open.

This year's milestone event will be contested at the sport's ancestral home, the Old Course at St. Andrews, where golf has been played since the 1400s. The stories lines will include the latest chapter in the comeback attempt of Tiger Woods.

Woods won the British Open each of the last two times it was played at St. Andrews. He defeated Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els by eight shots in 2000 and downed Colin Montgomerie by five shots in 2005.

Federer dodges first-round bullet

London -- Top-seeded and defending champion Roger Federer came from two sets down Monday in escaping a first-round upset on the first day at Wimbledon.

Federer fell behind Alejandro Falla, ranked No. 60 in the world, before rallying for a 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0. Federer failed to solve Falla's serve the first two sets but ended with five breaks -- three in the third set.

Falla served for the match in the fourth set but Federer stormed back behind 21 aces and 101 winners.

"I live another day," Federer said. "This one is one I should have lost. That's sometimes how grass-court tennis works."

Rybarikova, Kerber win in Birmingham

Birmingham, England -- Magdalena Rybarikova was one of a trio of seeded players to advance Monday out of the first round of the Aegon Classic grass-court tournament in England.

Rybarikova, the tournament's No. 10 seed, dropped the first set and was leading 3-2 in the second when Regina Kulikova was unable to continue due to a lower-back injury.

No. 13-seeded Angelique Kerber got past Misaki Doi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 14th-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn whipped Lilia Osterloh 6-2, 6-2 in a 56-minute match.

But 11th-seeded Melinda Czink fell to Marina Erakovic 7-5, 6-4. Erakovic recorded the only two breaks of the match in the upset.

Woods starts first round at Masters

Augusta, Ga. -- Tiger Woods, sporting a big smile, took to the fairways for the first round of the Masters Thursday to the sound of big cheers and a few jeers.

In his first venture back into golf since revelations of extramarital affairs that threaten his marriage and livelihood, the world's best golfer teed off at 1:42 p.m. at Augusta National's first hole.

The Masters had been under way for 6 hours by then, with Tom Watson and Lee Westwood the early leaders at 5-under 67s.

Woods, who has worn the Masters' green sport jacket four times, is playing in his first tournament since a win in Australia Nov. 15.

Rumford leads the European Masters

Crans Montana, Switzerland -- Brett Rumford shot 9-under 62 Thursday and leads Simon Dyson by one stroke after the first round of the European Masters at Crans Montana, Switzerland.

Rumford's round included an eagle at the par-4 seventh hole, nine birdies -- one at the 18th and final hole -- and two bogeys.

The birdie at 18 vaulted him past Dyson entering Friday's second round.

"I got off to a shaky start in more ways than one," the Australian said, (but) today I just got my putter running."

Dyson started his bogey-free round with an eagle at the par-5 first hole, closed with a birdie at the par-4 18th, and in-between, made another eagle at the par-5 15th and three other birdies.