Roger Federer falls in fourth round of French Open

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n TENNIS

Federer falls at French Open

PARIS -- Everything appeared to be under control for Roger Federer, just like in the old days at Grand Slam tournaments.

And then, suddenly, it wasn't.

One point from a two-set lead Sunday in the French Open's fourth round against 18th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, Federer settled under a floating ball and prepared for what should have been a simple putaway. Except, suddenly, it wasn't. Federer sent a meek overhead toward Gulbis, who took advantage of the gaffe, ripping a backhand winner.

That was part of a four-point run that let Gulbis break serve and get very much back into the match, which he wound up winning 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to end Federer's streak of nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros.

"A lot of regrets," Federer said. "I just couldn't kind of figure it out."

It also served as the latest reminder that Federer, now 32 and a father of four, is no longer the nearly infallible force who made it to the closing days of major after major.

"He's Roger Federer," Gulbis said, "but he also gets tight."

Didn't used to be the case. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, had not left Roland Garros so soon since 2004, when he was beaten in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten.

Gulbis now plays No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who eliminated the last American man, No. 10 John Isner. In another quarterfinal, No. 2 Novak Djokovic will face No. 8 Milos Raonic. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and No. 24 Fernando Verdasco finished off third-round victories in matches suspended Saturday night.

In the women's quarterfinals, 2012 champion Maria Sharapova -- who won the last nine games against Samantha Stosur on Sunday -- will face 35th-ranked Garbine Muguruza, the 20-year-old Spaniard who stunned Williams last week, and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada meets No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

n OBITUARIES

Former owner Katz dies in plane crash

PHILADELPHIA -- Lewis Katz, a self-made man who built his fortune in New York parking lots, billboards and cable TV, and went on to buy the NBA's New Jersey Nets, NHL's New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia Inquirer, died in a weekend plane crash. He was 72.

Katz died Saturday night in a Massachusetts crash that claimed six other lives. His death was confirmed Sunday by his son, Drew, and his business partner Harold H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest.

Katz grew up in working-class Camden, New Jersey, and worked as a lawyer before earning hundreds of millions of dollars investing in the Kinney Parking empire and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in New York. He went on to become a major philanthropist in the Philadelphia region.

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Penguins eliminated at NCAA Regional

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Danny Diekroeger hit a three-run homer, Brett Hanewich set a career high in strikeouts and Stanford eliminated Youngstown State with an 12-4 win Sunday at the NCAA's Bloomington Regional.

Highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Diekroeger and Alex Blandino, Stanford scored six runs in the second inning, beginning with consecutive run-scoring singles from Brett Michael Doran and Tommy Edman.

Hanewich settled in after a rocky start, tossing seven innings, scattering three hits and striking out nine.

Nick DiNello and Josh White had RBI singles in the ninth for the Penguins.

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Elway's son accused of assault

DENVER -- Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos executive John Elway, has been arrested on charges of assault and disturbing the peace.

John Albert Elway, 24, was booked into jail early Saturday morning after an incident near a college campus in downtown Denver, according to jail records. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said she could not provide any details about what led to the arrest, other than the alleged victim was a female.

Elway was released on $550 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday. Jail records do not indicate if he has an attorney.

Jack Elway was a standout quarterback at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado, before choosing to play at Arizona State. As a redshirt freshman quarterback in spring 2009, he elected to leave the Sun Devils' football program.

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Mickelson's week marred by probe

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Phil Mickelson ended a peculiar week at the Memorial on Sunday. He had one round under par, one visit from FBI agents and lingering questions about in insider trading investigation that he says he won't discuss until it's over.

One day after Mickelson said he had done "absolutely nothing wrong" in the trading probe, he closed with a 1-over 73. Mickelson was so far out of contention that he finished his final round about the time the leaders were starting.

"From a golf standpoint, it wasn't a bad week, as far as I started to hit the ball well," Mickelson said.

A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are analyzing trades Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters made involving Clorox at the same time activist investor Carl Icahn was attempting to take over the company. When Icahn's intent became public, the stock price jumped.

Mickelson said the investigating was not a distraction "until Thursday," when FBI agents approached him after his opening round at Muirfield Village. It was not clear if they met him at the golf course or off property.

The five-time major champion made it clear that his schedule would not change. He is playing the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, next week before he goes to Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for the U.S. Open.

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