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TORONTO -- Serena Williams continues to mow down her opponents at the Rogers Cup womens tournament. The top-seeded American eased past Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 on Friday for a spot in the semifinals. Williams has yet to be challenged through three matches, dropping only a combined 10 games in the process. She blasted seven aces past the outclassed Rybarikova and wrapped up the match in a tidy 60 minutes, five seconds. "Yeah Im definitely feeling pretty good, playing much better than I have the past month I would say," said Williams. "Im glad Im getting back to the feeling and getting into some rhythm." Rybarikova, who advanced to the quarter-finals when reigning Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli retired from their match with an injury, was thoroughly dominated but managed to avoid bagels. Williams, a two-time Rogers Cup champion, is looking to add to her seven titles this season, including a win last month in Sweden. Shes sure to give her next opponent, three-seed Agnieszka Radwanska, all she can handle. Radwanska advanced Friday with a 7-6 (1), 7-5 victory over fifth-seeded Italian Sara Errani, but has never beat Williams in five of their meetings, including last years Wimbledon final. "Its a good matchup," said Williams. "She does everything so well. Shes playing better too actually so shes having a much better year. Its going to be an interesting match. Its definitely not going to be easy. "I can only hope that I play well and I can only hope that I come out on top." Meanwhile, the upset of the day belonged to unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea who knocked off defending champion Petra Kvitova with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 decision. Kvitova struggled mightily with her service game. The Czech double-faulted 10 times, her ninth coming on a break point for Cirstea to open the third set 1-0. "The beginning of the second set I started to feel a little bit low of the energy," said Kvitova. "The serve was really bad after this, and I didnt find energy from my legs." Kvitova pointed to her late third-round match against Australias Samantha Stosur as the reason she was sluggish on the court. "Unfortunately when I finished so late the match here, I didnt sleep well after this," said Kvitova. "Sleep is, for me, its very important ... for my recovery." Cirstea, ranked No. 27 in the world, used the momentum from Kvitovas unforced errors to match her best result of the season with a semifinal berth. The 23-year-old Cirstea got past former top-ranked players Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarter-finals. "Its probably (my) best tournament in a long, long time," said Cirstea. "It might come as a surprise to many people ... I dont think for me and my team its such a big surprise because we have been working consistently on things." Shell next take on fourth-seeded Li Na of China, who defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6 (1), 6-2. Li, last years finalist, needed 96 minutes to get by the world No. 20-ranked Cibulkova, who came into the tournament on a roll with a recent title victory over Radwanska at Stanford, Calif. Li broke to make it 6-5 in the first set, taking the game with a blazing cross-court winner, but couldnt hold and needed a tiebreak to win the set. She cruised through the second set en route to her first semifinal berth since losing at Stuttgart in April. "I mean, after (the) first I was thinking about, OK, one set in the pocket, so (I was) feeling more confident of course," said Li. Radwanskas win was a measure of revenge after being eliminated in the quarter-finals by Errani at this years French Open. Radwanska and Errani traded breaks virtually the entire first set before Radwanska took the tiebreaker after a smooth volley drop and wide return from Errani on set point. The two players again traded breaks in the second set until Radwanska held serve at 6-5 when Errani returned long on double match point. Radwanska closed it out in just over two hours, avoiding any repeat of their 2012 meeting at the WTA Championship -- an epic three-and-a-half hour, three-set victory for Radwanska. The 24-year-old from Krakow has played well against Errani with seven wins in nine meetings. Her only loss prior to Roland Garros was in 2006 at Budapest. There are no Canadians left in the singles draw, but Ottawa native Gabriela Dabrowski and Torontos Sharon Fichman advanced to the doubles semifinal with a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10-5 win over the No. 1-ranked doubles team of Errani and Italian partner Roberta Vinci. "We knew we had to play big tennis," said Dabrowski. "We couldnt go out there and hope for them to make any mistakes. It was imperative today that we kept going after the ball and pressuring them." In other doubles play, Jankovic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia ousted Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-4, while Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Czech Kveta Peschke won 7-5, 6-2 over Julia Goerges of Germany and Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova Dabrowski and Fichman will meet Jankovic and Srebotnik in the semifinal. Outlet Nike Vapormax . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. Cheap Vapormax Uk . Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner. Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. Womens Vapormax Sale Uk . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. Nike Vapormax Mens Uk . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. had dropped a touchdown pass and another pass that could have led to a touchdown after he barely scrambled in time to recover his own fumble off a punt. In other words, against the Dallas Cowboys, he was primed for a prime-time meltdown that would have endangered a full supply of sideline kicking nets.Like most artists, Beckham is something of an odd duck (see that subsequent marriage proposal to the assailed net in October). He lives his football life on the edge, creating magical moments on one possession and threatening to blow up a weeks worth of his teams work on the next.But the New York Giants have been in the pro football business for more than 90 years, and theyve never had an offensive player like him. Never. If youre measuring by physical talent and physical talent alone, Beckham is the best Giant since Lawrence Taylor.So you need to understand this: Just as the franchise put up with Taylors considerable off-the-field downside for a reason (opponents couldnt block him), it will put up with Beckhams on-the-field downside for a reason no less obvious (opponents cant cover him). On Sunday night, when Eli Manning appeared about as comfortable and poised as a bloodied Y.A. Tittle on his knees, the Giants were in desperate need of one transcendent play from someone who plays offense for a living.Beckham made that play in this 10-7 victory, and it might ultimately put the Giants in the postseason for the first time since they won it all five years ago. They beat Dallas on a Sunday night to close out that 2011 regular season and qualify for the tournament, but that was then, and this is most definitely now. Given that Manning and his rookie coach, Ben McAdoo, were looking completely lost in their own building, Beckham was the lone Giant capable of seizing this game.The home teams defense had done all it could against Dak Prescott, the newbie the Giants defeated on opening night in September, back when people thought the Cowboys quarterback was little more than a promising fourth-round pick. Prescott had since won 11 consecutive games, taking Tony Romos job while taking the league by the throat, yet the Giants defense had reduced him to an amateur-hour act for much of this rematch.This is a championship defense, Beckham said.It wasnt going to matter if the Giants couldnt do anything about their 7-3 deficit. Beckham entered MetLife Stadium hellbent on making a difference. He hadnt scored a touchdown in two of his previous three games, including last weeks loss at Pittsburgh, where he seemed to spend a little too much time enjoying Antonio Browns friendship and skills.Then Beckham had a little conversation with the man in his mirror. He said he told himself, You need to wake up. I dont know whats going on with you, but you need to wake up. Youre on autopilot. Youre not out there affecting this game. Youre not really doing anything.The lack of production, Beckham said, eats me up. It just kills me to be able to come out here and not do what youre supposed to be doing. I just had to talk to myself. I talked to the man above and said, Wake me up. Its time to wake up. And sure enough, we came to life.Or at least Beckham did. Late in the third quarter, two plays after Prescott threw a dreadful intterception, the receiver lined up wide left at the Giants 39 and ran a quick slant.dddddddddddd Manning hit him in stride, and Beckham found a seam and exploded into the clear with Brandon Carr in pursuit. Carr is the cornerback who was burned on Beckhams signature three-fingered catch two years ago, the absurd reception that made the Giant an international star.Beckham loves competing against Carr, the kind of bigger, stronger cornerback who was supposed to give the receiver problems -- at least according to some pre-draft scouting reports. In the race to the end zone, Beckham felt Carr on top of him, running as fast as Ive ever felt somebody chasing me. I had to hit another gear.He hit that gear, pushing his hamstrings to the max. Carr couldnt catch him. Nobody can catch Odell Beckham Jr.Any time he touches the ball, Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins?said, you never know what might happen.Victor Cruz said of his teammates breakaway burst: Its amazing. To have that speed, to catch the ball and turn it on that quickly, its rare, not just in this league but in life.Beckham celebrated his 61-yard touchdown with a Michael Jackson leg kick and moonwalk and then a royal coronation-style wave to the fans. The entertainment was needed in the worst way; the Giants and Cowboys combined to convert a grand total of three third-down chances in 29 attempts.Yes, this game was awfully tough on the eyes. The Cowboys might have left the building with reason to be concerned about a possible playoff matchup with the Giants, who ruined Dallas 13-3 season during their Super Bowl run in 2007, but Prescott will be fine. He had a bad game. Thats all. It happens to the best of em.As a two-time Super Bowl MVP, Manning can attest to that. He deserves the benefit of the doubt, for sure, but hell be 36 next month, and the game isnt coming easily to him or just about anyone else on the Giants offense. (Manning had one pass intercepted on a night when he couldve had three or four picked off.) As hard as it is for a receiver to carry a unit, Beckham might be in that position right now.I want the defense to be sitting there eating candy, Beckham said, untying their shoes, knowing that the offense has the game in control.He knows that cant happen unless he elevates his game again and again. Beckham has 34 touchdowns in 40 career games, and hes averaging nearly 100 receiving yards per game in those three seasons. How much higher can he go? How much better can lucky No. 13 get?At his locker Sunday night, Beckham credited his all-world hamstrings to his mother, an all-American sprinter in college. He said he enjoyed the Cowboys-Giants atmosphere and compared it to an LSU-Alabama game. He said he needed to forget about his thumb injury, forget the drops and start working harder in practice.Beckham didnt blame the refs for anything this time, and he didnt trash an opposing cornerback. He didnt have to explain away some sideline rant or apologize for committing multiple personal fouls.This time, his talent did the talking for him against the Cowboys. Odell Beckham Jr. showed the world that hes a high-maintenance act who is worth the aggravation. ' ' '

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