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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal closer to possible French Open duel

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continued straight-sets runs at the French Open, each sweeping Germans who played in qualifying last week in the second round on Wednesday.

Federer, playing Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, beat lucky loser Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The 20-time major winner gets Norwegian Casper Ruud next. Ruud’s father, Christian, played in the 1999 French Open, the first major of Federer’s career.

“I know probably more about his dad than about him,” Federer said (Ruud said separately that his father once practiced with Federer but never played against him). “I must say I feel really good, you know, considering I haven’t played here in that long.”

Nadal, eyeing a 12th French Open title, beat a German qualifier named Yannick for the second straight round, taking out Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal plays No. 27 David Goffin in the third round.

“Easy is never, but I can say have been a comfortable victory,” Nadal said. “I have been in control most all the time.”

Federer and Nadal are each three wins from facing each other in the semifinals. The path is obviously tougher for Federer, who could face No. 17 Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round and No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.

Federer and Nadal last met at the October 2017 Shanghai Masters, with Federer winning for the fifth straight time in the rivalry to move to 15-23 against Nadal. Nadal has won all five of their French Open matchups, including finals in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, the last meeting.

Also Wednesday, two rising female stars withdrew from second-round matches.

No. 4 Kiki Bertens, who beat four major champions en route to winning the Madrid Open without dropping a set two weeks ago, withdrew after telling a trainer she was shaking and had no energy to continue. Bertens, who had a chance to leave Paris with the No. 1 ranking, was down 3-1 to Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova.

“I woke up at three, and then I felt really sick,” Bertens said. “Vomiting, diarrhea all night long, all day long. I felt a little bit better before the match. I had some sleep, and I just wanted to give it a try, but then as soon as I start warming up right before the match, it started again. … Yeah, there was not any energy left.”

No. 22 Bianca Andreescu of Canada withdrew before Thursday’s second-round match with American Sofia Kenin, citing a right shoulder injury that’s plagued her since she won the Indian Wells title in March.

Serena WilliamsNovak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the headliners in action Thursday.

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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