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  • 31 Jul
    NEWPORT, R.I. -- Two-time defending champ John Isner defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (0), 6-2 on Monday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. The 6-foot-9 Isner rode his big serve to win his 11th straight match on Newports grass courts. He was not broken in the match that lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes, taking control by blanking Harrison in the tiebreaker. Isner, seeded second, broke in the third and seventh games of the second set before Harrison hit a backhand return long on the matchs final point. The 28-year old Isner showed no effects from a left knee injury that forced him to retire from his second-round match at Wimbledon. In winning the 2012 title in Newport, Isner held serve in 57 of the 58 games he played. It was a similar formula on Monday. "Just getting the first one out of the way is critical for me," he said. "I was happy how I played in the second set, took care of my serve well. I felt like I was in a lot of his service games, especially in that second set." When it was over, Isner let out a loud "Yes!" as Harrisons shot sailed long under sun-drenched skies with temperatures in the low 80s with a slight breeze. "I remember last year in my first round here, I won 6-4 in the third," said Isner, ranked 19th overall entering the week. " Its always a tough match. Playing Ryan, I beat him here in the semifinals last year. Hes a good grass-court player and hes a friend of mine. But hes someone I dont want to lose to. Its important to win those matches like that. Im one of the top ranked Americans and I want to continue to stay way for as long as I can, and beating guys like Ryan helps." Top seed Sam Querrey is slated to face fellow-American Tim Smyczek is his first-round match on Tuesday. In the most interesting match of the day, Polands Michal Przysiezny beat 15-year old American Stefan Kozlov, who was making his ATP debut, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-4 in a match that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. Kozlov, who lives in the Miami-area, broke to go up 4-3 in the third before calling for the trainer, who worked on his right hip. "I slipped in the first set on my hip and it kind of got progressively worse," Kozlov said. The match ended with the youngster limping before falling to the ground as he made his way to the net. He sat in his chair for a while with a towel over his head before slowly walking off the court. "I was hanging in there and started cramping," he said. "Its kind of tough to play when youre cramping. Now I know I could actually win. I couldnt believe I could win a set." The tournament is held in conjunction with induction ceremonies into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Martina Hingis leads the 2013 class that will be enshrined on Saturday before the semifinals. In other first-round play, Ante Pavic of Croatia defeated Australian John-Patrick Smith 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3); Adrien Bossel of Switzerland ousted Canadian Erik Chvojka 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4; American Alex Kuznetsov rallied to beat Farrukh Dustov of Uzbekistan 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2; Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic beat Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia 6-7 (14), 7-5, 6-2. Fake Vapormax . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Fake Vapormax From China . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. . - Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic has broken a shutout record that was only three months old in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Taylor Murray had 18 points and eight rebounds, Makayla Epps added 18 points and nine assists and the No. 20 Kentucky women held Morehead State without a field goal for more than 15 minutes in the Wildcats 74-47 win Wednesday night.Maci Morris scored 14 points and Evelyn Akhator had 11 points and nine rebounds.Kentucky (4-1) led by three at the end of the first quarter, but used a 25-7 run to open a 45-24 lead with 3 minutes left in the third.Morehead State (3-2) scored two points in the second quarter, setting the school record for fewest points in a quarter. Miranda Crockett hit a jumper with 7:30 left in the half and the Eagles went scoreless for the next 8 minutes, 56 seconds and didnt make another field goal until a jumper by Brianna McQueen with 2:26 left in the third quarter.ddddddddddddThe Eagles shot 23 percent (13 of 57) and were held to their fewest points since a 45-43 win over Jacksonville State on Feb. 17, 2014.McQueen led Morehead State with 14 points on 4-of-17 shooting and was the only Eagles player with more than two field goals. ' ' '