Fal­cons re­lease Baker

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

The At­lanta Fal­cons re­leased vet­eran of­fen­sive tackle Sam Baker, the for­mer USC star.

Baker started 61 of his 70 ca­reer games, but in­juries have hin­dered his progress. He missed last sea­son af­ter tear­ing his right patel­lar ten­don dur­ing a pre­sea­son game, has un­der­gone three back surg­eries and even lost his start­ing job dur­ing the 2011 sea­son.

Af­ter start­ing all 16 games in 2012, when the Fal­cons won the NFC South and reached the NFC cham­pi­onship game, Baker was re-signed to a sixyear, $41.5 mil­lion deal.

The Mon­treal Alou­ettes sus­pended de­fen­sive end Michael Sam, a move that frees a ros­ter spot while al­low­ing the Alou­ettes to re­tain Sam’s Cana­dian Football League rights. Sam left the Alou­ettes’ train­ing camp for per­sonal rea­sons last week af­ter be­ing given spe­cial per­mis­sion to re­turn home to Texas. His de­par­ture came three weeks af­ter he be­came the first openly gay player to sign in the CFL.

Af­ter deal­ing with anx­i­ety is­sues, for­mer top-10 player Mardy Fish is go­ing to give pro­fes­sional ten­nis another try. And this time, he’s bring­ing pal Andy Rod­dick along with him.

Rod­dick, who re­tired in 2012, and Fish will play dou­bles to­gether next month at the BB&T At­lanta Open, where Fish is also go­ing to at­tempt his latest come­back in sin­gles.

Fish has played just one com­pet­i­tive match since Au­gust 2013.

Roger Fed­erer got away with a close call in the open­ing round of his fa­vorite Wim­ble­don tune-up event, beat­ing Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (5), at the Gerry We­ber Open in Halle, Ger­many.

Richard Gas­quet earned his 400th ATP tour vic­tory by beat­ing Ital­ian qual­i­fier Si­mone Bolelli, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the sec­ond round at Queen’s Club in Lon­don.

Ar­turo Vi­dal scored two goals and set up another, but host Chile was held to a 3-3 draw by Mexico in a thrilling Copa Amer­ica match in San­ti­ago. Striker Vi­cente Vu­oso scored twice for Mexico, in­clud­ing the 66th-minute equal­izer that frus­trated the home crowd.

Bo­livia scored three unan­swered first-half goals and held on for a 3-2 vic­tory over Ecuador in Group A of the Copa Amer­ica in Val­paraiso, Chile.

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