Sharapova too much for gutsy Krajicek

CARSON, Calif. - Neither the sun nor wind nor Michaella Krajicek could beat Maria Sharapova, although all three certainly tried.

Sharapova survived a nearly three-hour struggle, winning 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on her third match point Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the East West Bank Classic.

"Serving against the wind and playing against the wind with that sun, especially in the beginning, was pretty difficult," she said. "It definitely felt like a break-fest out there."

Sharapova, the top seed, beat Krajicek for the second time this year. The Russian struggled with her serve before eventually winning the final three games of the match.

"It's one of those days and you're just happy to get a W," she said. "I felt like I was a little slow and didn't see the ball. I was a step late to everything."

No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic defeated 13th-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria 6-2, 6-1 and will play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus today.

n Federer, Roddick, Nadal win at Montreal: Defending champion Roger Federer breezed past Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

The Swiss star, who won his fifth straight Wimbledon title this year, has won 14 straight matches at the Canadian tournament. He's had victories in 2004 and 2006 and sat out in 2005 with an injury.

Andy Roddick had little trouble beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-3. He will face third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal downed Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with Frank Dancevic.

South Sound

n Shocker gets coaching job: John Stewart, quarterback for the South Sound Shockers, has been named wide receiver coach at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D.

Stewart passed for 34 touchdowns and ran for six touchdowns this season, earning first-team all-conference in the Pacific Northwest Conference and leading his team to the playoffs.

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n U.S. pitcher fails drug test in Japan: An American pitcher has become the first player ever to fail a drug test in Japanese baseball.

The commissioner of Japan professional baseball said Friday that Rick Guttormson tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for 20 days. Guttormson pitches for the Softbank Hawks in Japan's Pacific League

Officials said Guttormson's use of a hair-growth tonic was the cause of the failed test.

Guttormson is 5-6 this season with a 3.37 ERA for the Hawks. He was the winning pitcher in Thursday night's 5-1 win over the Seibu Lions.

Guttormson, a native of Torrance, Calif., who has no major league experience, is in his third season in Japan, with the highlight being a no-hitter in 2006 when he played for the Yakult Swallows of the Central League.

This isn't the first time an athlete has run into trouble using hair-growth tonic.

In 2006, NHL goalie Jose Theodore failed a drug test prior to the Olympic Games.

It was later revealed to be caused by hair-growth supplements that Theodore had been taking legally for eight years.

The hair supplement Theodore was using, Propecia, could be used as a masking agent for the performance enhancing drug Nandrolone.

The goalie did not face any punishment from the NHL because he had received approval for therapeutic use, but was suspended from international play for two years.