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Portsmouth Herald - 3/25/2018

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Portsmouth squad captures gold

The Portsmouth Pirates won the Division 7 Championship and captured the gold medal Saturday at the 2018 Special Olympics NH State Basketball Tournament in Derry.

The Portsmouth Buccaneers also performed well, taking home the Division 8 bronze medal.

TENNIS

Federer loses match, No. 1 ranking

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking Saturday. Big-serving Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), on Saturday in the Miami Open.

Federer, 36, had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he'll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2. Federer now has a losing streak after a career-best 17-0 start to the year. The match was his first since he lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final on Sunday, a match that also came down to a winner-take-all tiebreaker. Federer's defeat left both No. 1 players out of the tournament. Simona Halep was eliminated hours earlier in the third round by Agnieszka Radwanska, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki says she and her family were targets of verbal abuse and threats from the crowd during her opening match at the Miami Open on Friday night, which she lost to Monica Puig. In a statement Saturday posted on Twitter, Wozniacki said the tournament did nothing to prevent the abuse. Tournament director James Blake responded that while the crowd was "loud and passionate," Miami Open staff, WTA Tour officials and courtside security were unaware during the match of any threats made. Wozniacki lost, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

BASKETBALL

Curry out at least 3 weeks

Stephen Curry will miss at least three weeks because of a sprained left knee, meaning he is out for the rest of the regular season for the Golden State Warriors.

An MRI on Saturday showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament. The two-time MVP had returned from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury on Friday night only to injure his left knee in the third quarter against Atlanta.

AUTO RACING

Truex Jr. on pole

Weather washed out qualifying for NASCAR's first stop this season at a short track and series points leader Martin Truex Jr. will start Sunday from the pole for the STP 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Truex is the defending Cup Series champion and is coming off his first victory of the season last week in California.

Staff and Wire reports

 
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