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Nishikori halts Fed' in Madrid

TENNIS: Roger Federer's hopes of claiming a second straight Madrid Open title after a lay-off were dashed when the world number two suffered a surprise 6-4 1-6 6-2 third-round defeat to Japanese young gun Kei Nishikori.

Playing his first tournament since taking a break after his quarter-final exit at Indian Wells in March, Federer became the second high-profile casualty at the clay Masters event following Tuesday's shock second-round defeat for world number one Novak Djokovic to unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

The Swiss maestro's reverse to Nishikori also deprived fans of a possible semi-final clash between Federer and local hero Rafa Nadal.

Nadal made smooth progress when he thumped unseeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-3 to claim a spot in the last eight.

After losing the first set,Federer upped his game to level, but lost his serve early in the decider and Nishikori broke for a third time in the match to seal victory.


Simpson dies in training accident

SAILING: Andrew Simpson, the British sailor who won gold at the 2008 Olympics, has died after a training accident in San Francisco.

The 36-year-old, who claimed the Star title in Beijing alongside his close friend Iain Percy, was part of a 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing's AC72 catamaran which capsized in San Francisco Bay while training for the America's Cup.

Simpson, known by many as Bart, was trapped underneath the boat reportedly for as long as 10 minutes and, despite attempts by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, could not be revived.

Injury forces Hyland to bypass fight

BOXING: A minor shoulder injury suffered during training camp has forced Irish featherweight contender Patrick 'The Punisher' Hyland to withdraw from his scheduled main event fight on May 18 at Mid-Hudson Civic Centre in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Final Round Promotions announced last night that the entire 'The Heat Is On' card has been cancelled.

RUGBY: Connacht wing Fetu'u Vainikolo will move to Exeter Chiefs on a two-year deal in the summer.

MLB: Cleveland 9 Oakland 2, NY Yankees 3 Colorado 1, Washington 5 Detroit 4, Kansas City 6 Baltimore 2, Minnesota 5 Boston 3, NY Mets 3 Pittsburgh 2, Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 4 (10 innings) LA Angels 6 Houston 5.