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Nadal downs Young, Blake tops Moya

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Donald Young in their first meeting, and James Blake evened his record against familiar foe Carlos Moya in third-round matches Monday at the Pacific Life Open.

Nadal beat his 18-year-old American opponent 6-1, 6-3. Blake took a methodical 6-3, 6-4 victory over Moya.

Two-time women's title winner Lindsay Davenport bounced back from a second-set loss to defeat Chan Yung-Jan 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

• Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe has decided not to return as U.S. Olympic tennis coach.

Instead, Rodney Harmon will lead the United States' men's tennis team at the Beijing Games, pending U.S. Olympic Committee approval.

Jay Berger has been chosen as Harmon's assistant.

McEnroe told The Associated Press about his choice to bypass Beijing about a week after word emerged that Andy Roddick will skip the Olympics to focus on the U.S. Open.

n BASEBALL -- Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Boston's regular-season opener against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo on March 25.

"I think that will be a ton of excitement," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Monday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla. "I know he's honored."

Jon Lester will pitch the second of the two-game series with the A's in Japan on March 26.

• OLYMPICS -- In Denver, Sticking with a stance its taken all along, the U.S. Olympic Committee reiterated that an American boycott of the Beijing Olympics is completely out of the question.

"Put together a ranking of the worst ideas ever conceived and 'Olympic boycott' would be at the top of that list," USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said.

• LOCAL BOXING -- York native Shane Benfield was defeated in his latest fight over the weekend, falling to Peter Manfredo after a technical stoppage.

The official halted the match in the sixth round after Benfield sustained a deep cut above his left eye. Manfredo, who boxed on "The Contender," won in front of a partisan crowd at Providence, R.I.

Benfield fell to 17-2 but will ask for a rematch, since he was never knocked down. He hasn't got a definite date for his next fight but will probably work a few tuneups around the area.

• HOLE IN ONE -- Pinetuck member Ken Hall scored his first hole in one, acing the par-3 12th hole using a six iron. Hall was playing with Hugh Smith.

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