Second Seeds Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka Cruise on Day 2 of Wimbledon

Jun 27, 2012

Well there were no real surprises on the second day of play at Wimbledon…

Second seeds Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka were straight-sets winners.  Nadal beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6, 6-2, 6-3. Azarenka got the better of American Irina Falconi 6-1, 6-4.

Other winners on the men's side include fourth seed Andy Murray, fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ninth seed Juan Martin del Potro, and No. 10 Mardy Fish. 

Women's defending champ Petra Kvitova cruised into the second round, and Serena Williams was a 6-4, 6-4 winner a day after her sister, Venus, was ousted in straight sets.

Play was cut short by rain and darkness.

To baseball, last night in New York, Phil Hughes baffled the Indians, scattering six hits over eight shutout innings, as the Yankees survived a late scare to beat Cleveland 6-4.  A-Rod hit his 642nd career homer in the win. 

In Boston, Dustin Pedroia's two-run single snapped a 1-1 seventh-inning tie, as the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 5-1. 

Elsewhere in the American League, the Angels bounced Baltimore 7-3, Texas topped Detroit 7-5, the White Sox edged Minnesota 3-2, Kansas City ripped Tampa Bay 8-2, and Seattle slipped past Oakland 3-2.

Over to the NL, last night in Chicago, Anthony Rizzo had two hits and doubled home the tiebreaking run in his first major league game, as the Cubs dumped the Mets 5-3. 

Elsewhere, Washington clobbered Colorado 12-5, Atlanta routed Arizona 8-1, Cincinnati got by Milwaukee 4-3, St. Louis shutdown Miami 5-2, San Francisco blanked the Dodgers 2-0, Philadelphia held off Pittsburgh 5-4, and Houston downed San Diego 5-3.        

In college football news, a committee of university presidents has approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season. The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have been working on a new way to determine a college football champion.

In NHL news, Adam Oates had two reasons to celebrate yesterday.  The former NHL standout forward was named head coach of the Washington Capitals and, shortly thereafter, learned he's been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

And in NBA news, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 dollars for tweeting a gay slur. The league announced the fine, calling Stoudemire's language offensive and derogatory.

I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.