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Aug 4, 2013

Tennis-Big-serving Isner reaches final in Washington

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to despatch Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open on Saturday.

Isner will face the winner of Saturday’s late match between top seed Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas for the title on Sunday.

Aug 3, 2013

Isner blasts 29 aces to stop Tursunov and reach DC final

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to defeat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open.

In Sunday’s final, Isner will face the winner of the Saturday’s late match pitting top-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro against number three Tommy Haas of Germany.

Aug 3, 2013

Tennis-Isner blasts 29 aces to stop Tursunov and reach DC final

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – American John Isner moved closer to his second title in as many weeks by blasting 29 aces to defeat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open.

In Sunday’s final, Isner will face the winner of the Saturday’s late match pitting top-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro against number three Tommy Haas of Germany.

Jun 25, 2013

Swisher’s numbers are down but his energy is not

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Nick Swisher struts toward his locker with his arms moving in an exaggerated motion that might symbolize ocean waves, but only he knows for sure.

He plops down in a chair with a high-pitched yelp, flashing a sweeping smile.

The first-year free agent signee of the Cleveland Indians is battling a shoulder injury and hitting in the .230s but feels none of the strain despite being the team’s highest-paid player.

Jun 11, 2013

Angels’ season is surprising for all the wrong reasons

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Albert Pujols gazed at the reporters assembled at his locker and took a deep breath, knowing the tenor of the questions about to be tossed his way.

The future Hall of Famer has been asked so often why the Los Angeles Angles were underperforming, he could be forgiven if his answer seemed a bit scripted.

May 19, 2013

McGaughey says it just wasn’t Orb’s day

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Orb’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes meant it just wasn’t his day, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Saturday.

Orb had won five successive races, including a dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, but the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine ran out of gas in the Preakness stretch and never mounted a challenge.

May 18, 2013

Oxbow wins the Preakness Stakes, Orb fourth

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot ridden masterfully by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, cruised to an easy, wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The D. Wayne Lukas-trained bay bolted to the lead under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures at Pimlico Race Course and never tired, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Itsmyluckyday.

May 17, 2013

Orb faces Preakness hurdle en route to immortality

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Shug McGaughey, the soft-spoken trainer of Kentucky Derby champion Orb, admits he thinks of what it would be like to saddle a Triple Crown champion.

He knows it’s premature to be thinking like that. He just can’t help it.

May 16, 2013

Orb is at top of the class at the Preakness

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas offered an ominous assessment for those hoping Kentucky Derby champion Orb will have his Triple Crown aspirations trampled at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

“If he’ll scratch, I’ll feel better about the whole race,” said Lukas, who will saddle three colts in the nine-horse race though none better than 12-1 odds in the morning line.

May 15, 2013

Orb to break from inside post in the Preakness

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the even-money favorite to win Saturday’s 138th Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown, after drawing the inside post at Wednesday’s barrier draw.

With just nine horses entered in the $1 million race at Pimlico, Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey said he expected his three-year-old to get a smooth run under the guidance of his red-hot jockey Joel Rosario.