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Raonic eliminated in Ohio

MASON, Ohio -- With a bothersome injury blunting his lethal serve, Canada's Milos Raonic lost his bid for a second-straight quarter-final appearance at a Masters 1000 event with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to American John Isner Thursday at the Western & Southern Open.

Coming off a trip to the finals in last week's Rogers Cup, Raonic was treated for a pinched nerve in his neck after five games of the match, which featured an opening set lasting for almost one hour. After the on-court session, Raonic managed to carry on.

Raonic admitted that his usual 130-140 kilometre-per-hour serving speed has been compromised in his recent matches due to the physical problem.

"It made a few situations more difficult and it also relieved pressure on his return games," he said. "But I was able to do a lot of things well to compensate for that lack of serving ability."

 

MLB expands video review

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.

Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

"I'm proud of them," Selig said of the replay committee. "It's worked out remarkably well. It's historic. There's no question about it."

A 75 per cent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players' association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

 

-- staff / the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2013 C4

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