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Djokovic, Tsonga, Azarenka, Sharapova win in China

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Djokovic, Tsonga, Azarenka, Sharapova win in China

BEIJING (AP) Top-seeded Novak Djokovic needed only 53 minutes to reach the semifinals of the China Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jurgen Melzer on Friday.

Third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3, 6-2, and Feliciano Lopez of Spain outlasted Sam Querrey of the U.S. 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

On the women's side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka and second-seeded Maria Sharapova advanced. Azarenka topped Romina Oprandi 6-2, 6-0, and Sharapova was in charge of Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-0 when the German retired with a right foot injury.

Djokovic had 12 aces and saved both break points he faced.

``The serve was great,'' he said. ``It's one of the best serving matches I have had in my career, so that's a positive sign.''

Djokovic was particularly pleased with serving four straight aces to win the sixth game of the second set at love. Fans went wild after the match when Djokovic signed his name on the TV camera lens in Mandarin.

Djokovic will take on Florian Mayer of Germany in the semifinal on Saturday. Mayer gave himself a big 29th birthday present with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Chinese wild card Zhang Ze.

Azarenka, the winner of four titles in seven finals this season, will meet Li Na., who moved closer to becoming the first Chinese finalist when she stopped Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2.

Sharapova will play Marion Bartoli, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

Sharapova said she was unaware of Kerber being injured before she surrendered the match. The Russian offered Kerber five chances to break serve, but held.

``I thought we played a high level of tennis the first set and a half, there were many games that went to deuce,'' Sharapova said. ``I was surprised she called the trainer and even more so when she retired quickly after that.''

Sharapova also seeks her eighth final appearance this year - she's won three titles, including her first French Open trophy.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

With training camp just eight days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. The Ravens are expected to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, but not the No. 1 ranked. Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit says he predicts the Ravens defense will actually regress due to the loss of C.J. Mosely and Terrell Suggs in free agency. However, not as much as one would expect, he says.

2. Speaking of defense, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is entering his contract year. The Athletics' Jeff Zrebiec writes that this upcoming season should be a breakout year for Judon who could make a big impact on defense. 

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Andre Burakovsky inks new deal with Colorado Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky inks new deal with Colorado Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky is officially no longer a Washington Capital.

After he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in June for second and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft, Burakovsky inked a new deal with the squad for one year and $3.25 million.

Burakovsky posted 25 points last season in 76 games and had been the subject of trade rumors for the better part of two seasons. The Capitals offered him a qualifying offer but would have had to match his previous cap hit of $3 million per year.

The Capitals, after signing Garnet Hathaway, Richard Panik and Brendan Leipsic, have a touch over $4 million left to sign restricted free agents Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson, and Burakovsky's departure gave them the cap space to sign those deals.

Colorado meanwhile has $19.9 million in remaining cap space and need to sign a host of restricted free agents to new deals, including Mikko Rantanen, J.T. Compher and Vlaidslav Kamenev.

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