Andy Murray ousted by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati
Andy Murray moved well in his first singles match since January, but not well enough to move on — even to the US Open. Richard Gasquet, using a bottomless arsenal of drop shots, snapped a five-match losing streak against Murray with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday in Mason, Ohio. The singles match was Murray’s first since a painful exit from the Australian Open that had him thinking his career might be over. The 32-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion underwent a second hip surgery on Jan. 28, receiving metal implants that helped eliminate the pain that had hobbled him for a long time. Murray played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and at Washington with brother Jamie, before deciding to try singles at Cincinnati, where he is a two-time champion.
. . . Marin Cilic became the first seeded player to lose when 39th-ranked Radu Albot beat the 14th seed 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the opening round. In the women’s draw, 14th-seeded Johanna Konta was upset by qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 . . . Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Masters event, citing fatigue after he won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday. The women’s Rogers Cup champion, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, also withdrew from Cincinnati to rest for the US Open. Andreescu won in Toronto after Serena Williams retired with back problems.
Markgraf tabbed GM of USWNT
Former defender Kate Markgraf was named the general manager for the US women’s national soccer team, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring. Markgraf appeared in 201 games during a playing career that spanned 12 years . . . With a goal and two assists in Los Angeles Football Club’s 4-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Carlos Vela tied Sebastian Giovinco for the most points in an MLS season. Giovinco had a combined 38 goals and assists in 2015 with Toronto. Vela has 23 goals and 15 assists with 10 games remaining in the MLS regular season . . . Real Salt Lake fired head coach Mike Petke on Sunday, two weeks after he was suspended without pay by the club and given a suspension and fine by MLS for using unacceptable and offensive language and repeated confrontational misconduct toward match officials . Real Salt Lake (11-9-4) named assistant coach Fredd Juarez interim head coach . . . Francis Jacobs, of Laguna Beach, Calif., became the youngest male player ever to sign a professional soccer contract in the US at 14 years, four months and 29 days old when he signed last month with the USL Championship club Orange County SC. Jacobs was less than a month younger than Freddy Adu when he signed an MLS deal with DC United in 2003.
Panthers re-sign GM Waddell
The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed team president and general manager Don Waddell to a multi-year contract extension, team owner Tom Dundon announced. Waddell, 60, had been mentioned as a candidate for the Minnesota Wild’s GM vacancy . . . The Florida Panthers will retire Roberto Luongo’s No. 1 jersey on March 7. The Panthers announced the ceremony for their now-retired goaltender, fittingly, in a game against Luongo’s hometown Montreal Canadiens.
Ex-Celtic sentenced 3½ years
Former Boston Celtic Sebastian Telfair was sentenced to 3½ years in prison for illegal gun possession, Brooklyn’s district attorney announced. Telfair, 34, who spent time with the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves, was convicted in April of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which stemmed from an arrest in January 2017 when police found firearms including a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a ballistic vest and marijuana inside a vehicle Telfair was driving during a traffic stop in Brooklyn . . . Jewelry and electronics were stolen from the rental car of ESPN baseball analyst and former MLB star Alex Rodriguez shortly after calling a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies on ESPN’s ‘‘Sunday Night Baseball,’’ according to reports . . . Former Baltimore Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces was spared a prison term and ordered to serve eight months home detention and two years of court-supervised probation after being found guilty of insider trading two years ago and making more than $1 million off a tip. A federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., sentenced DeCinces to time served after agreeing with prosecutors that a day he spent in incarceration was enough for the ex-major league player who cooperated with a US investigation . . . The Arizona Diamonbacks designated for assignment former Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who was traded to Arizona in April . . . Bri Bri, an unraced 3-year-old filly trained by Jim Cassidy, became the fourth horse to die in training at Del Mar, a track just north of San Diego.