Cana­dian teen reaches fi­nal in Stuttgart

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Cana­dian teenager Felix Auger-Alias­sime will play Italy’s Mat­teo Ber­ret­tini in the fi­nal of the Stuttgart Open.

The 18-year-old pro­gressed to his third tourlevel fi­nal with­out play­ing Satur­day as com­pa­triot Mi­los Raonic with­drew ahead of their semi­fi­nal due to back prob­lems. The 30th-ranked Ber­ret­tini de­feated Ger­many’s JanLen­nard Struff 6-4, 7-5 in the other semi­fi­nal.

Auger-Alias­sime, ranked 21st, is in a grass­court fi­nal for the first time. His prior cham­pi­onship matches – at Rio de Janeiro in Fe­bru­ary and Lyon, France, in May – were on clay.


US men change Gold Cup squad: Mid­fielder Duane Holmes (left quadri­ceps strain) has been dropped from the U.S. CONCACAF Gold Cup ros­ter and re­placed by mid­fielder Djordje Mi­hailovic. Com­ing off shutout losses to Ja­maica and Venezuela, the Amer­i­cans be­gin their ti­tle de­fense against Guyana on Tues­day in their first com­pet­i­tive match since an Oc­to­ber 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago locked them out of the World Cup.


Kings buy out Pha­neuf: Los An­ge­les bought out the fi­nal two years of de­fense­man Dion Pha­neuf’s con­tract Satur­day. Pha­neuf, 34, was on a seven-year, $49 mil­lion deal signed with Toronto in 2013; he has been traded twice since. The for­mer Maple Leafs cap­tain oc­ca­sion­ally was a healthy scratch last season for the first time in his 14-year NHL ca­reer.

The Chicago Black­hawks have ac­quired de­fense­man Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins for for­ward Do­minik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.

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