Haas, Dolgopolov move on at Citi Open


Haas, Dolgopolov move on at Citi Open

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tommy Haas and Alexandr Dolgopolov earned straight-set victories to advance to the second round of the Citi Open on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Haas of Germany defeated American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, and No. 2-seeded Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Italy's Flavio Cipolla 6-1, 6-3.

On the women's side, top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won six of nine break point chances to eliminate Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-4, 6-3.

Only a brief rain delay between sets slowed Haas, the last player to beat Roger Federer this year. Despite a spotty first serve, the 34-year-old never faced a break point, and he broke Russell's serve three times.

Dolgopolov needed less than an hour to dispatch Cipolla, breaking the Italian four times without dropping his serve. The 23-year-old had lost his previous two matches against Cipolla, but relied on a blistering forehand to maintain control -- including a nice passing shot on match point.

Xavier Malisse, a Washington semifinalist in 2010, rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Mardy Fish, the top seed in the men's draw, and fellow American Sam Querrey were slated to
play their opening matches later Tuesday.

Haas defeated Federer in the finale in Halle, Germany, a pre-Wimbledon tune up before Federer went on to win the grass court major title.

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Report: Lakers tried to hire away GM of Warriors

Report: Lakers tried to hire away GM of Warriors

You can't fault them for trying. The Los Angeles Lakers aim to hire a general manager to work with new president Magic Johnson, and as part of that process they recently made a run at Bob Myers, current GM of the first-place Golden State Warriors.

That's according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who called Myers the Lakers' top target:

Before the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss on Tuesday, the franchise had already moved away from trying to pursue the Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers, the franchise’s original top target for general manager, league sources told The Vertical.

It's understandable why Myers would decline the offer, of course. The Warriors just added Kevin Durant in the offseason and are hoping to re-install themselves as NBA champions after winning a title two years ago and finishing one win short last summer. Myers could be credited with one of the best teams of all time if he sees it through and wins a few more championships.

Running the Lakers would be a great gig for any GM, to be fair. But giving up what Myers has already built just a few hours up the road doesn't seem like a smart decision.

The Lakers felt it was worth asking and it's hard to blame them. Myers is undeniably among the best executives in the sport.

[RELATED: NBA Power Rankings: East wide open at All-Star break]

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 


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