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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 3:35 AM

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) — Just like that, in a span of 15 days, Rafael Nadal went from French Open champion for a record eighth time to first-round Grand Slam loser for the only time in his career.

Limping occasionally and slower than usual, but unwilling afterward to blame an old left knee injury, the two-time Wimbledon winner exited with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss against 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium — one of the most stunning results ever at the All England Club.

It certainly belongs in the same category as his loss a year ago at Wimbledon, in the second round to Lukas Rosol, a player ranked 100th at the time. After that setback, Nadal missed about seven months because of his bad left knee. Since returning, he had gone 43-2 and won seven tournaments.

BASEBALL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb favors pitchers having the option of wearing protective headgear on the mound.

Cobb returned to Tropicana Field nine days after being struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer and nearly seven weeks after Toronto's J.A. Happ also was hit in the head by a batted ball while pitching there.

Cobb, who is making progress in his recovery, spoke to the media for the first time since being carted off the field and taken to a hospital on June 15. Cobb, who remained conscious the whole time, said he has experienced nausea, severe headaches and symptoms of vertigo.

GOLF

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Already missing Tiger Woods, the AT&T National will now have to do without U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.

Rose withdrew because of fatigue, saying in a statement that he is disappointed to pull out of a tournament he won in 2010, but the last three weeks have been mentally and physically demanding.

Rose won his first major two weeks ago at Merion and then tied for 13th last week in Hartford. He won the 2010 AT&T National when it was held at Aronimink.

Woods withdrew last week because of an elbow injury and won't play again until the British Open.

That leaves Masters champion Adam Scott as the featured player this week at Congressional.

NBA

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen was questioned about his weekend fight with an autograph-seeker that left the man hospitalized with a head injury.

Pippen came in voluntarily to a Los Angeles County sheriff's substation after he was named as a suspect in the altercation outside Nobu restaurant, a celebrity hangout on the beach in Malibu.

The unidentified victim was inside the restaurant taking photos as Pippen dined with his family Sunday evening. When Pippen went outside to the parking lot, the man continued taking pictures and sought the Hall of Famer's autograph. An argument ensued that led to the violence, investigators said. The man was taken to a hospital with a head injury and was treated and released.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NCAA panel voted to expand the use of replay review in college basketball, and instituted the 10-second backcourt rule for the women's game.

The panel also approved a tweak to the charging-blocking foul in the men's game and gave referees leeway when it comes to penalties for accidentally elbowing an opponent above the shoulders.

The approved changes from the panel's conference call are effective immediately.

Under the replay change, officials can use video review to confirm a shot-clock violation or determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.

BOXING

NEW YORK (AP) — Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez kicked off an 11-city tour in Times Square to promote their September title fight in Las Vegas.

The undefeated fighters each announced on Twitter last month that they would face each other at the MGM Grand on Sept. 14, exciting boxing fans around the world. The lavish news conference on a steamy day in the heart of Manhattan, was the first on a promotional tour that includes stops in cities such as Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami and Mexico City.

It's the sport's most ambitious tour since Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya also stopped in 11 cities before their 2007 bout — won by Mayweather.

NHL

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new head coach on Tuesday.

Tortorella, the recently fired coach of the New York Rangers, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault.

If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading teams. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella's replacement with the Rangers.

Tortorella led New York to a 26-18-4 record and sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by conference champion Boston.

COLLEGE SPORTS

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA's credit outlook was revised to negative by ratings agency Moody's as the governing body deals with an anti-trust lawsuit about the use of athletes' images and likenesses.

A federal judge in California is considering whether to certify a lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon as a class-action suit. The lawsuit demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions earned from broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.

The report says: "The outlook change to negative reflects increasing litigation and regulatory risks that could potentially alter the NCAA's operations."

The NCAA said in a statement that its financial rating did not change.

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