Davenport Bounces Back, Roddick Wins Easily in Indian Wells

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Overcoming gusty winds that sent sand swirling around the court Monday, Lindsay Davenport beat Meghann Shaughnessy in the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

No. 1 Davenport bounced back after losing the second set and came away a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory to move into the quarterfinals.

Andy Roddick played later in the afternoon when the wind had eased, and he advanced to the men's fourth round with a 6-1,6-2 victory over Jiri Novak.

Maria Sharapova was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Dinara Safina in a match of Russian teenagers. Wimbledon champion Sharapova, 17, is ranked No. 3. Safina, 18, is No. 37.

Davenport obviously didn't like the conditions, with gusts of 30-40 mph that kicked sand into the air and left a thin layer of grit on the court.

"It's no fun to play like that," she said. "It makes for pretty awful tennis. Fans obviously don't enjoy sitting out there, trying to watch in that wind.

"It took out any strategy. You were just hoping the ball went in."

EX-LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN JAILED AS HABITUAL TRAFFIC OFFENDER

Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Rudy Poeschek has been jailed in Tampa as a habitual traffic offender after allegedly crashing into trees and mailboxes with his 5-year-old daughter in his car.

Poeschek flattened two tires Sunday before stopping his sport-utility vehicle in his neighborhood, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. A neighbor took the girl home, and Poeschek hid in a neighbor's garage.

Poeschek bolted when sheriff's deputies went looking for him, and he was taken into custody after being hit with a jolt from a Taser, Carter said.

He was treated at University Community Hospital in Carrollwood for a head injury, booked in the Hillsborough County jail and held Monday on $2,750 bail.

Poeschek, 38, a mortgage broker, was charged with being a habitual traffic offender, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving with a child not wearing a seat belt, sheriff's officials said.

He has been arrested eight times since a failed comeback attempt with the Lightning in 2002.

Known as an enforcer, the 6-foot-2 Canadian native's professional career ended in 2001 in the minor leagues after 12 years of NHL play for New York, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

ROCKPORT HARBOR IMPROVING AS REBEL STAKES APPROACHES

Rockport Harbor, an early Kentucky Derby favorite, is expected to run in the $250,000 Rebel Stakes on Saturday in Hot Springs, Ark., despite an injured right hind hoof.

The race for 3-year-old horses, run over 1 1-16 miles, is a showcase for horses aiming for the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

The Rebel Stakes field will also feature Afleet Alex, another Derby favorite.

CONTENDERS GAINING IN IDITAROD

Norwegian Robert Sorlie was the first musher out of the Alaskan coastal village of Shaktoolik on Monday in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but other contenders were gaining on him with faster dogs.

Sorlie, a 47-year-old firefighter from Hurdal, rested his dogs for 5 hours and 5 minutes before setting out on the 48-mile run to Koyuk. He dropped two dogs in Shaktoolik, continuing with nine on the final 291-mile stretch to Nome.

In 2003, Sorlie won his second Iditarod with eight dogs. All mushers must begin the race with at least 16 dogs.

Defending champion Mitch Seavey of Seward rested his dogs for 22 minutes before chasing after Sorlie, leaving Shaktoolik 51 minutes later with 11 dogs.

Four-time winner Martin Buser of Big Lake took off 27 minutes after that, resting his dogs for nearly 41/2 hours. …