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Davis, or not? He batted .196 and hit 26 homers. .196 they can do without, but 26 hom
MADRID, Spain -- Maria Sharapova avoided an early exit from the Madrid Open on Tuesday, rallying to beat Christina McHale to reach the third round while Roger Federer withdrew from the mens event. Buy Air Jordan Australia . Trailing 4-1 in the final set, Sharapova steadied her erratic service game and took command again to beat the 56th-ranked American 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 on clay at the Magic Box tennis centre. The ninth-ranked Russian looked to be cruising before McHale broke late in the second set to tie the match and then took her commanding lead in the final set after breaking Sharapova. However, Sharapova didnt surrender a point after that as McHale netted to be broken to see her advantage dip to 4-3, and Sharapova eventually fired an ace down the middle to eliminate McHale for the second year running. "After a really good start (in Madrid) I didnt keep that level. I think I had a bit of a letdown," said 2013 finalist Sharapova, who is coming off a tournament victory in Stuttgart. Earlier, Li Na continued her recent dominance of Zheng Jie by easing into the third round 6-2, 6-3 for her fourth straight victory against her fellow Chinese player. Zheng hasnt won a set from the second-ranked Li since her last victory in 2006. Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic also advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, while American Sloane Stephens was also a winner. Federer pulled out of the Masters Series event to spend more time with his family as his wife awaits the birth of another child. The fourth-seeded Swiss player is the second big name to withdraw after Novak Djokovic pulled out because of a wrist injury. Polands Lukasc Kubot takes Federers place to face Gilles Simon of France. David Ferrer struggled through Madrids high altitude and a bout of nerves to pull out a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-3 victory over Spanish countryman Albert Ramos. Ferrer saved four set points as he won five straight points to take the first set tiebreak, clinching the lead with a crosscourt forehand smash. After being broken to trail 6-5 in the second set, Ferrer reeled off four straight errors for his 115th-ranked opponent to even it before eventually pulling through in just under three hours. But it wasnt without repeated scenes of frustration when he mumbled to himself and his entourage nearby. "You say things when youre nervous in the match that you dont have a feel for. You can write a book about a match," said Ferrer about his motivation, before referring to thinner air and its effect on the ball. "The first day is not easy. You miss more, but thats all." Fabio Fogninis recent struggles on Spanish clay continued as the 13th-seeded Italian lost 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov. Fognini failed to get out of the second round at Barcelona last month. Nicolas Almagro will play Andy Murray next after finally dispensing with Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (4) with his 11th match point. Other second round winners included Canadas Milos Raonic, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, South Africas Kevin Anderson, Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, and Juan Monaco of Argentina -- who goes on to play defending champion Rafael Nadal on Wednesday. Air Jordan Shoes Australia . -- Keith Aulie has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning. Buy Jordan Shoes Online Australia . The Tiger-Cats announced on Friday the linebacker has signed a new contract with the team through the 2016 season. .I dont think it comes to mind in this business, in this game, the Philadelphia Flyers forward said. You dont try to lose games.11) So do the Orioles miss Davis, or not? He batted .196 and hit 26 homers. .196 they can do without, but 26 homers they cant replace. Theres something about a home run threat in the middle of a batting order--for all the times Davis struck out, the threat didnt seem to matter, but when its not there, it does.12) Does it take too long to play a baseball game? Im not talking about extra-inning marathons or slugfests, but rather, a low-scoring, nine-inning affair. On Monday, the Rays beat the Yankees 1-0. The game ended two minutes short of the 3 1/2 hour mark.13) USA beat Serbia to win the Basketball World Cup. Did you know that? I cant decide if it received proper coverage. Part of me thinks it should have been a bigger deal, and the other part would have been happy to ignore it entirely.14) As the gifts pile up on his farewell tour, Derek Jeter got crabs in Baltimore. Is there a better way of saying that?15) Shouldnt Tim Leiweke actually write his tell-all book about MLSE before he quotes from it?16) The next time you want to prove that a rabid crowd can help a team, will there be a better example than Buffalos support for the Bills in the game that opened the first of many seasons under the neew ownership of Terry Pegula? Players have never sounded so sincere in giving credit to fans as the Bills did after beating Miami 29-10. Wholesale Air Jordan Australia. 17) If the NHL is going to spend so much time identifying and punishing divers, dont you think it should consider "degree of difficulty" in all such determinations?18) Did you ever understand the need to have NHL coaches write the names of their first three shootout participants on a lineup sheet? I never did, and as often as I asked the NHL, it could never explain itself. Thus, that part of the shootout process has been discontinued. Logic takes its proper place so seldom, and it usually takes too long.19) Baseballs manager of the year awards arent usually water cooler material, I know, but how would you decide this years winner in the American League? Its Mike Scioscia of the Angels vs. Buck Showalter of the Orioles.20) How many green jackets can you buy with 11 1/2 million dollars? Billy Horschel won that much by winning the season-ending Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup and before he could be asked if it was about the money, he said it was. So along with the money, he got credit for being honest about the money. Nice. ' ' '

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