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In brief: Rafal Nadal upset by qualifier at China Open

From Staff And Wire Reports

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal was upset by big-hitting qualifier Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday in Beijing.

The second-seeded Spaniard struggled with Klizan’s power game and his own consistency in just his third match back following a two-month layoff due to a right wrist injury.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-4, while sixth-seeded Andy Murray took out U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-4.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams withdrew before her quarterfinal against Samantha Stosur with a left knee injury that raised doubts about her ability to play the WTA Finals in Singapore this month.

Rangers’ manager search continues

MLB: Interim manager Tim Bogar is among six more candidates the Texas Rangers plan to interview beginning next week in their search for Ron Washington’s full-time replacement.

Texas also announced plans to interview Pittsburgh bench coach Jeff Banister, Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Boston bench coach Torey Lovullo, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing and former MLB player Alex Cora, now a manager and general manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Braves bring back manager: Fredi Gonzalez will return as the Atlanta Braves manager next season.

Gonzalez’s future was in doubt after the Braves missed the playoffs and GM Frank Wren was fired.

Griner, Charles lift U.S. in quarterfinals

BASKETBALL: Brittney Griner scored 17 points, Tina Charles added 15 and the U.S. shot a record 71 percent from the field to rout France 94-72 in the quarterfinals of the women’s world championship in Istanbul.

The Americans will face Australia in the semifinals today.

Lewis shoots 68 for two-stroke lead

MISCELLANY: Stacy Lewis shot a 5-under 68 for a two-stroke lead over Brittany Lang after the second round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing.

The top-ranked American opened with a bogey but followed that with three birdies on the next four holes and three more on the back nine to get to 12-under 134 overall.

Lang (66) had seven birdies and no bogeys to tie for the low round of the day.

• O’Neill banned: The Breeders’ Cup has banned trainer Doug O’Neill from entering horses in this year’s world championships after he was suspended and fined by New York racing officials when one of his horses had a positive drug test.

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