Murray, Ferrer make early exits
In Doha, Qatar, third-seeded Andy Murray, playing in his first tournament since back surgery in late September, was upset by Florian Mayer of Germany 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open on Wednesday.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was also taken to three sets but emerged with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke of Germany, while second-seeded David Ferrer joined Murray in making an early exit after a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Daniel Brands of Germany.
• In Chennai, India, top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland advanced comfortably but second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia quit during his second-round match due to a stomach infection in the Chennai Open.
Wawrinka defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-3, 6-1, while Youzhny retired ill against Dudi Sela of Israel while trailing 3-1 after 24 minutes.
• In Brisbane, Australia, Roger Federer showed shreds of Stefan Edberg’s influence as he got his 2014 season underway, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen.
Federer worked briefly with Edberg in the offseason and will again use the six-time major winner as a coach in Melbourne as he tries to end his Grand Slam drought at the Australian Open this month.
• In Shenzhen, China, top-seeded Li Na extended her defense of the Shenzhen Open title to the quarterfinals by easing past Ukraine’s Nadiya Kichenok 6-1, 6-4.
Li, who won the inaugural title last year, lost her serve once while breaking Kichenok five times.
In the quarters, Li will play Monica Niculescu of Romania.
Senators’ Ryan is left off team
The U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team is set, and Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will not be going to the Sochi Games.
The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.
The Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard appears to be the Americans’ third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.
• Eleven returning Olympians are on the roster for the women’s hockey team that will represent the United States at Sochi.
Julie Chu is heading to her fourth Olympics. She’ll be looking for a gold medal to go with the two silvers and a bronze she’s already got. Canada has won the past three Olympic titles.
Condition’s still same for driver
In Grenoble, France, Formula One great Michael Schumacher’s condition was stable but still critical overnight as he remained unconscious following a brain injury suffered in a skiing accident, his manager said Wednesday.
Sabine Kehm told reporters that his condition has not changed since doctors said he showed small signs of improvement on Tuesday, after his second operation.
Teen Pauline is among winners
In New York, Teen Pauline and Lion D N A started the new year with victories in the $100,000 filly and mare stakes at Aqueduct.
Teen Pauline led all the way in the Affectionately, beating Centring by 4¾ lengths for her third win in nine starts.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. was aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher as Teen Pauline ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.64.