Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clijsters Gets Easy Win in NASDAQ-100

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clijsters Gets Easy Win in NASDAQ-100

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Unseeded but undaunted, Kim Clijsters needed just 46 minutes to win her first-round match Thursday at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Coming off her first tournament title in 13 months, Clijsters continued her comeback from a wrist injury by beating Sandra Kloesel 6-0, 6-1, in Key Biscayne.

She won her 22nd career title last week at Indian Wells, upsetting Lindsay Davenport in the final.

In men's play, Ivo Karlovic lost 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) to 5-foot-5 Olivier Rochus. Karlovic, the tour's tallest player at 6-10, lost despite hitting 30 aces.

Mardy Fish overcame 60 unforced errors to beat Tomas Zib 7-6 (2), 6-7 (3), 6-3. Injury-plagued Mark Philippoussis took a nasty tumble in the next-to-last game but completed a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Christophe Rochus.

NHL CANCELS DRAFT

The NHL canceled its draft Thursday, the latest casualty of the six-month lockout.

The annual event was scheduled for June 25-26 in Ottawa, but it was scrapped along with the entire 2004-05 season that was called off Feb. 16. The draft can't proceed without a collective bargaining agreement.

Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, apologized to fans, the city of Ottawa and "to everyone who already had put so much time and effort into creating a memorable weekend for the players and their families."

COUTTS WON'T SAIL IN AMERICA'S CUP

New Zealander Russell Coutts, the most dominant skipper in America's Cup history, will not try for a fourth consecutive title in the 2007 regatta as part of a settlement with the Alinghi syndicate.

Coutts was fired by the Swiss group in July after a falling out with syndicate head Ernesto Bertarelli over management of defense of the Cup in Valencia, Spain.

THE CITADEL NAMES HIGGINS FOOTBALL COACH

Detroit Lions assistant Kevin Higgins was hired Thursday as football coach at The Citadel, which went 3-7 last season. …

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