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Nadal through to U.S. Open 4th round

New York -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised to a third-round win Sunday, pounding Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 at the U.S. Open.

The Spaniard, seeking to collect his first U.S. Open championship, advanced to the Round of 16 where he will take on countryman Feliciano Lopez, who defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-0 after the Ukrainian retired with an infected toe.

Also Sunday, eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco handled Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and 10th-seeded David Ferrer breezed past Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2.

Ferrer now goes on to face Verdasco.

Day leads Snedeker by one at Boston

Norton, Mass. -- Jason Day moved one stroke ahead of Brandt Snedeker Sunday after three rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship, firing a 5-under-par 66.

Day and Snedeker came into Sunday knotted for first place, but Snedeker landed his second shot at the 18th hole into a hazard short of the green, taking a one-stroke penalty on the play.

He then chipped in to finish the 18th with a par, ending the round one shot behind the Australian and settling for a 4-under 67 at the TPC Boston course.

Day, meanwhile, birdied the final hole, tying the 54-hole tournament record at 17-under 196, while Snedeker ended at 16-under 197 as the Hurricane Earl-delayed tournament headed into a Labor Day finish.

Nadal advances, Murray ousted in New York

New York -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised to a third-round win but fourth-seeded Andy Murray was bounced in an upset Sunday at the U.S. Open.

Nadal, seeking to collect his first U.S. Open championship, advanced to the Round of 16 where he will take on countryman Feliciano Lopez, who defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-0 after the Ukrainian retired with an infected toe.

Murray, meanwhile, was victimized by No. 25 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who rallied after dropping the first set to take a 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Scotsman.

Santa Fe's antique clock gets repairs

Santa FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico clocksmith said an 1880s-era clock that broke down about a month ago should soon be back to prime working condition, but the job is complicated.

Clocksmith Chester Johnson said the 45-pound brass inner workings of the Santa Fe's Spitz Clock are back to ticking properly, and he plans to reinstall them in the clock this week, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican reported Wednesday.

Johnson said returning the innards to the Santa Fe Plaza clock is a delicate undertaking.

"It is very awkward," he said. "It is like trying to rig a ship inside of a wastebasket. It is so cramped."

However, Johnson, who said the clock's problem likely arose from being wound too tightly, said he has enjoyed working on the piece during the past month.

Creamer shares lead at U.S. Women's Open

Oakmont, Pa. -- Paula Creamer completed a round of 1-under 70 Saturday and moved into a share of the lead after 36 holes of the U.S. Women's Open.

The second round was finished Saturday after being suspended due to thunderstorms Friday. Creamer posted an even-par total of 142 for two rounds over the Oakmont Country Club course and was tied with Sakura Yokomine, who shot her second straight 71.

Brittany Lang and Cristie Kerr, who were able to finish their second rounds on Friday, were tied for third at 1-over 143. Kerr is seeking her second major title of the year, having won the LPGA Championship by a massive 12 shots.

Cuevas makes Estoril Open second round

Estoril, Portugal -- No. 8-seeded Pablo Cuevas rallied for a three-set win Tuesday at the Estoril Open tennis tournament in Portugal.

Cuevas had his serve broken three times in the first set before settling down and posting a 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over Pablo Andujar. He piled up six service breaks over the final two sets after a first set in which he won just 19 of 46 points.

Fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Xavier Malisse 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) but No. 6-seeded Florian Mayer fell 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 to Frederico Gil in the other matches involving seeded players Tuesday.