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  • SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Top-seeded Tommy Haas came back to defeat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to the Brazil Open semifinals on Friday. Jonas Brodin Jersey . Haas broke Zeballos serve twice in a row in the decisive set to close the match and take a step closer to his second final of the year. The 12th-ranked German lost to Marin Cilic in the final in Croatia earlier this month. Haas will next play Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, who reached his first ATP semifinal with an upset 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina. "Lorenzi has been around for a long time so this is a goal Im sure he has been waiting to achieve for a lifetime," Haas said. "He has nothing to lose and is going to try to go one more and get to his first ATP tour final. He is a dangerous player. Im going to have to try to play some of my best tennis." The 114th-ranked Lorenzi broke Monacos serve to go up 4-3 in the final set and held on to close the match in 2 hours, 34 minutes at the Ibirapuera Arena. The 32-year-old Italian squandered a match point before losing the second set, but was in control in the third to pick up the win in the ATP 250 tournament in South Americas biggest city. Lorenzi served 12 aces en route to his first pro semifinal after five career quarterfinal losses. "Im very happy to finally breakthrough to the semifinals," Lorenzi said. "Ive had a lot of opportunities before but was never able to come up with the victory at this stage. For sure this is one of my greatest weeks on the tour." The 43rd-ranked Monaco was trying to win his 200th clay-court match. He is the fifth-highest winner on the surface, behind Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Almagro. Monaco had a set point in the first set but couldnt capitalize on it. "It was a very close match, he had his chances in the first set and I had mine in the second, it was very difficult," Lorenzi said. In another quarterfinal Friday, Federico Delbonis of Argentina easily beat Alberto Montanes of Spain 6-4, 6-3 in just over an hour. He will play either home-crowd favourite Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil or Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is not playing at the clay-court tournament this year. He chose to play at the first edition of the Rio Open, which he won last week. Greg Pateryn Wild Jersey . Torres scored the first goal by an English team in the knockout phase of the Champions League this season when he met Cezar Azpilicuetas cutback in the ninth minute of their first leg match in the last 16. But Chelsea failed to make the most of its counterattacks and the Turkish champions equalized in the second half after gaining in confidence and cutting out their defensive mistakes. Jordan Greenway Jersey .com) - Ryan Miller made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and second in as many nights as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday.8) Speaking of ratings, might the NFL be looking at some sort of record for a late afternoon Sunday audience when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at 4:25 PM ET this week? I cant imagine theres a bigger attraction than Manning vs. Brady in what might be a preview of the AFC championship game, whose site is very likely to be determined by Sundays result.9) There are nine active NHLers who have scored 50 or more goals in a season. Will the number be 10 or more at seasons end, and if so, who will be next? The most popular second answer when the first answer is "yes" seems to be Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.10) Will it be a big deal when Joe Maddon decides which team hed like to manage next? I guess so - hes Joe Maddon, acknowledged as the smartest baseball manager of his time, or, if you prefer, the best with the exception of Bruce Bochy. But there you go - whod have picked Bochy if he didnt have two World Series rings and wasnt being fitted for a third? Shouldnt baseball managers be judged with proof that can only come with championships won?11) All cancer is bad, but can we safely say that Olli Maattas treatable form of apparent thyroid cancer makes us glad its not worse, hopeful that hell live a full life and optimistic that hell be back on the ice with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a month? And after realizing all of that, its okay to smile, isnt it?12) I hate the idea or even the mention of tanking, but I might understand if the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders rested players in the final two weeks of the CFL season with the thought that a fourth-place finish in the West would be just fine, never mind going all-out to finish third. The fourth-place finisher crosses over to the Eastern playoffs and gets what is arguably an easier road to the Grey Cup than that which awaits the third-place team in the West. Can you tell me why the CFL chooses not to declare the third-place team the crossover team, thereby adding importance to winning and removing any perceived reward that might come with losing and moving to what is obviously a weaker conference?13) Who could resist the urge to watch four NFL games in a day? So if you happened to watch the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons from England on Sunday morning, you saw the Falcons give away a game as if it was Halloween candy. There isnt enough space here to detail the many different ways the Lions were able to win with the Falcons help, but it was a result that had to crush fans of Detroits division rivals in Green Bay, Minnesota and Chicago. Jared Spurgeon Jersey. 14) Every time a player complains about quiet fans, the debate is on, and its never really off in Toronto: Would the crowd be louder if the Leafs won more, and would the Leafs win more if the fans were noisier? This much I know - fans are entitled to be as loud or as quiet as they wish, but logic tells me theyd have more fun for their money if they went intending to be lively.15) The Buffalo Bills sit in a wild-card playoff spot and Kyle Orton is the quarterback who has guided three of their five wins. Which is more surprising? You could have seen the Bills coming, but Orton? Dont think so.16) If the Giants win the World Series, whos the runner-up in MVP voting? Hunter Pence edges Pablo Sandoval on this ballot.17) Sandovals post-season play has done wonders for his future prospects as a pending free agent, although hed have been tops on a list of third basemen anyway. But what about Royals pitcher James Shields? His next contract will not make anyone feel sorry for him, but his ceiling has certainly been lowered. Hard to imagine you get to the World Series and theres a downside attached to that, isnt it?18) As it continues to deal with the indefinite suspension of LA Kings defenceman Slava Voynov, do you think the NHL cringes a bit at the news of a civil suit brought against Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov by his ex-girlfriend? After never suspending Varlamov following his arrest last season, and dodging any criticism when charges were subsequently dropped, the NHL can solidly claim there was no proof of any criminal wrongdoing on Varlamovs part. But if damaging evidence is brought to a civil court and a ruling is made against Varlamov, the NHL will be in a tough spot, particularly if charges against Voynov are never filed or are dismissed.19) The race is on. Do you want to pick a winner? John Scotts goals and suspensions are tied at one apiece.20) Would the New York Jets be this bad (1-7) if "Fireman Ed" hadnt hung up his hat two years ago? The NFLs most famous cheerleading fan in the stands finally had enough of the Jets losing ways, though it should be said he made a mini-comeback on Sunday at a radio stations pre-game party. The 43-23 loss to Buffalo wasnt officially on Eds watch, then. Embattled general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan couldnt say the same. ' ' '
      September 5, 2019 7:34 AM CEST
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