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Roddick swept out in opening round of Italian Open

ROME - Andy Roddick extended his troubled start to the clay-court season with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Gilles Simon in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday.

Simon broke Roddick’s serve in the first game of the match and quickly recovered a break by the 12th-seeded American in the opening game of the second set, then cruised from there. Another American, 11th-seeded Mardy Fish, rallied to beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

HOCKEY

Switzerland upends U.S. 5-3 in world championship

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - The United States lost to Switzerland 5-3 Monday at hockey’s world championship, a defeat that leaves the Americans facing defending champion Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. already had qualified for the playoff round. It finished fourth in Group F and now awaits the Czechs on Wednesday. Switzerland, which got two goals from Kevin Lotscher, already had been eliminated.

James van Riemsdyk scored for the Americans a day after joining the team following the Philadelphia Flyers’ exit from the NHL playoffs.

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby entry Archarcharch retired with fractured front leg

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. - Archarcharch was retired from racing Sunday after the colt suffered a fractured left front leg during the Kentucky Derby. Surgery revealed additional cartilage damage.

Owner Bob Yagos could tell something was different about the horse’s stride after the Arkansas Derby winner stumbled out of the gate on the way to a 15th-place finish.

It wasn’t until five minutes after the race that Yagos learned his horse had been taken from the track in an ambulance. “That was like somebody had just stabbed you in the heart,” he said.

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