Roger Federer

will face American

Sam Querrey

in the French Open, beginning the latest bid for the only Grand Slam title missing from his collection.


Rafael Nadal

will play a qualifier in the first round as he attempts to win a record-equaling fourth consecutive title on the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris.

Bjorn Borg

did it from 1978 to '81.

Maria Sharapova

is the top women's seed with the retirement of four-time champion

Justine Henin

. Yesterday's draw has Sharapova, who has won the three other Grand Slam titles, facing fellow Russian

Evgeniya Rodina

in the first round.

Dmitry Tursunov

won his singles and doubles matches to lead Russia over Germany, 3-0, and secure a place in the World Team Cup final against Sweden in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Sweden beat the United States, 3-0, in the last of the round-robin matches and will seek a fourth title in its sixth final.


Nikolay Davydenko

will play defending champion

Juan Monaco

in the final of the Hypo Group International today in Poertschach, Austria.


Elena Dementieva

and second-seeded

Agnieska Radwanska

won semifinal matches to advance to the Istanbul Cup final in Turkey.


Authorities in Santa Ana, Calif., searched for 61-year-old

James R. Halstead

, who is charged with giving a date-rape drug to former Olympic ice-dancing gold medalist

Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk


The two-time Olympic gold medalist said Halstead encouraged her to order a drink as they waited for a dinner table at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Orange County on April 12. He then encouraged her to finish it, she said, but she took only a few sips.

Halstead, 61, of Santa Ana, was charged Wednesday with a felony count of administering a drug to Grishuk with the intent of having sex with her. He remained at large yesterday.

Kenenisa Bekele

has ruled out attempting to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics, a feat he nearly accomplished at the Athens Games in 2004.

World-record holder

Asafa Powell

will race

Tyson Gay

in the 100 meters at the London Grand Prix meet in July, two weeks before the Beijing Games.

Auto racing

Kentucky Speedway will not have a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2009, even though

Bruton Smith

, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner, has bought the track.

After a sanctioning meeting yesterday, NASCAR officials said it's too late to consider Kentucky for next season's schedule.


Memphis guard

Antonio Anderson

has withdrawn from the NBA draft and is returning to school for his final season of eligibility.

He said in a statement released by the school yesterday that he had been projected as a second-round pick, and that he was not satisfied with it.

Archbishop Wood's

Ashley Robinson

, a senior this fall, has made an oral commitment to the St. Joseph's women's basketball team for the 2009-10 season.