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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Nicolas Almagro and Jerzy Janowicz were among a Mondays first-round upset victims at the $3 million Western & Southern Open. Rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov sent the 13th-seeded Almagro packing in 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 fashion on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Janowicz, seeded 16th, was handled in straight sets by James Blake, with the 33-year-old American and 2007 Cincinnati Masters runner-up coming through with an impressive 6-1, 7-5 victory. Another upset came when 34-year-old Czech veteran Radek Stepanek doused 14th- seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-4. Fognini is a two-time ATP titlist this season. Meanwhile, German Philipp Kohlschreiber took care of on-the-mend American Mardy Fish, 7-5, 6-2. Fish, who recently returned to the tour after battling injuries and a heart condition, is a two-time Cincy Masters runner-up (2003, 2010). Kohlschreiber will meet reigning champion Roger Federer in the round of 32. Oft-injured American Brian Baker, a wild card playing his first tennis since the Australian Open in January, returned a winner by tackling Uzbekistans Denis Istomin, 7-5, 6-3, while former top-10 Serb Janko Tipsarevic came back to bounce American Sam Querrey, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4. Also on Day 1, Jeremy Chardy beat qualifier fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3, Spaniard Marcel Granollers overcame Czech Lukas Rosol 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov overcame Slovak Martin Klizan, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, Argentine Juan Monaco whipped Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2 and Belgian David Goffin posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision over fellow qualifier Mackenzie McDonald. Monaco is rewarded with a second-round match against world No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic. Last year, Federer defeated the four-time runner-up Djokovic in the finale to become the first player in the Open Era to win five Cincinnati titles. The only other multiple Cincinnati titlist in this years field is two-time winner Andy Murray. The 2013 Cincinnati champ will collect $583,800. This is the last Masters 1000 event before the U.S. Open, which will commence August 26 in New York. Dick Butkus Womens Jersey . The 18-year-old centre was the Senators first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The six-foot 196-pound native of Salmon Arm, B. Richard Dent Youth Jersey . The 6-foot-10 centre who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, adding that honour to becoming a board member at his alma mater. http://www.bearsrookiestore.com/Bears-Ta...en-Jersey/ .5 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a deal that covers his final two arbitration seasons. Jim McMahon Bears Jersey . -- Colin Kaepernick insists he just happened to pull on a pair of socks with dollar bill prints all over them Wednesday morning -- before he learned he had struck a new fortune with the San Francisco 49ers. Tarik Cohen Youth Jersey .com) - The top spot in the AFC South will be on the line when Houston native Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts shoot for their fourth straight win when they take on the Texans at NRG Stadium.TORONTO -- Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for insulting Brooklyn before an outdoor gathering of fans in advance of Torontos NBA playoff game against the Nets. Brooklyn had the last laugh, however, hanging on for a 94-87 victory in Game 1 of the first-round best-of-seven series. Emotions ran high as the Raptors returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and Ujiri helped stoke the pre-game fire. Ujiri, a former NBA executive of the year in Denver, took the stage before the afternoon game to address pumped-up fans under bright sunshine at Maple Leafs Square. The moment seemed to get to him as he paired an F-bomb and Brooklyn on his way off the stage. The crowd loved it, roaring in response. He handed the microphone to his boss, MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, who smiled and shook his head before leaving the stage. Video of the trash talk quickly surfaced on Twitter and other social media. The GM was quick to do damage control, with team officials summoning media for a halftime gathering in the hall outside the playoff media centre at the Air Canada Centre. "I apologize. Wrong choice of words out there," Ujiri told some three dozen media. "This thing is really not about me, its about the players and the playoffs. So just trying to get the crowd out there rattled. Wrong choice of words. "I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. Thats it." He declined to take questionns.dddddddddddd But he offered an addendum, over his shoulder, as he headed down the corridor. "You know how I feel," he said. "I dont like them (the Nets) but I apologize." Adding to the drama of the day, the shot clocks stopped working -- prompting a break -- in the third quarter. The shot clock was subsequently counted down by longtime PA announcer Herbie Kuhn as he looked at the stopwatch held by the official next to him. Kuhn likely needed a post-game throat lozenge. The crowd was loud and proud inside the building and out. Those inside sported giveaway white T-shirts with the words Northern Uprising around a Raptors logo on them. Drake, hip-hop star and Raptors global ambassador, sported one of the shirts under his jacket in his normal courtside perch. He was heavily involved in the Raptors rebrand, built around the slogan "We The North." Ujiri was feisty prior to the series, after talk the Nets may have slipped down the standings in order to face the Raptors. The Toronto GM said his team "havent lost one second of sleep worrying about the Brooklyn Nets." "They can do whatever they want," Ujiri said Thursday. "Well be right here." The Toronto Sun tabloid helped stir the pot with a Page 1 headline that said "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs," in a shot at Brooklyns aging stars. Game 2 is Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto (48-34) and Brooklyn (44-38) split four meetings during the regular season. ' ' '
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