Serena, Federer reach semifinalsSerena Williams saved some family pride Wednesday at the Australian Open. Shortly after older sister Venus lost to Li Na of China, four-time champion Serena was down a set and 4-0 in the second before rebounding for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to reach the semifinals. Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame an awkward start to win 13 straight games and beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 to reach the semifinals for a 23rd straight Grand Slam. Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semis. Andy Murray and Marin Cilic meet in the other match. In the women’s semifinals, Serena will take on Li, and Justine Henin will play China’s Zheng Jie.
BIG WIN COSTLY FOR S.C.South Carolina’s first victory over a No. 1 team will cost $25,000. The Southeastern Conference fined South Carolina that amount for violating league rules against permitting fans on the playing area following a 68-62 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. As the game neared the end, security at the Colonial Life Arena held up a yellow rope to keep the people off the court. However, South Carolina guard Devan Downey urged students to join the players in celebration as time ran out. The scene was so crazy, Kentucky coach John Calipari headed straight for the locker room instead of walking to South Carolina’s bench for the traditional postgame handshake.
DAWSON TO ENTER HALL AS AN EXPOAndre Dawson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo, despite his preference to go in as a Chicago Cub. Dawson said hall officials made the decision without discussing it with him. "I’m disappointed,” he said. "I can proudly say that because Chicago was my preference.” The induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., is July 25. Dawson will be wearing a Montreal cap on his plaque. Dawson played his first 11 seasons with Montreal, then spent six seasons with the Cubs and one season each with Boston and Florida before retiring in 1996.
CUBS KEEPING TRAINING CAMP IN ARIZONAThe Chicago Cubs announced that they will keep their spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., a move that rebuffs suitors in Florida and keeps Arizona’s highest-drawing spring training team in town. The deal requires voters in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, to approve a funding mechanism for an $84 million stadium and training facility. The Cubs have had their camp in Arizona for 57 years. Naples, Fla., had tried to lure the team there. FROM WIRE REPORTS
Serena, Federer reach semifinals