NEWPORT, R.I. -- Top-seeded Steve Johnson advanced to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships quarterfinals Wednesday, beating Japans Yuichi Sugita, 6-1, 6-4.Coming off a career-best finish in a Grand Slam, the 26-year-old Johnson needed just 20 minutes to win the first set and 59 to close the match. It was his first on Newports grass this week after the top four seeds were given byes.Johnson was one of six Americans in action Wednesday on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Defending champion Rajeev Ram, a two-time winner in Newport -- also in 2009 when he won his only other career ATP tourney -- lost to seventh-seeded Dudi Sela of Israel, 6-3, 6-4.Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia rallied past Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.Ranked No. 25 on the tour coming into the week, Johnson served an ace on the first point of the match and lost just one point in the third through fifth games of the opening set.He had it a little tougher in the second, but continued his solid season on grass, raising his record to 11-3.I just served well in the first, he said. He returned well in the second. I just think that makes it tricky when you dont have to play any points in the first.Johnson lost in the fourth round to Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Johnson won his first career singles title, also on grass, at Nottingham last month.Im comfortable, but Im still uncomfortable, he said about the surface. Theres a lot to learn, a lot to improve on. Thats why Im here to try and keep getting better.He said hes looking forward to heading to the Olympics in Rio next month and -- unlike other athletes -- hasnt considered not attending.I never thought about not going, he said.Ram said he had trouble with the breezy conditions and didnt play well.I felt he dealt with the conditions really well, had good energy the whole way through and he was just better than me today, he said.John Isner was the last to win consecutive Newport titles, doing it in 2011 and 12.American Donald Young, the No. 8 seed, joined Johnson in advancing Wednesday by defeating fellow countryman Stefan Kozlov, 6-0, 6-4.Americans Brian Baker and Dennis Novikov also were ousted.Baker lost to No. 4 seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cypriot, 6-4, 6-3. 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Columbus is going for its eighth-straight victory while the Flames are trying to start another streak after one ended at six with a 6-3 loss at home to Tampa Bay onWednesday night.Its a great league and its hard to go on long win streaks so ultimately thats going to happen and its just a matter of us re-focusing, re-grouping and bouncing back for next game, said Flames center Sam Bennett.Normally a visit by the Blue Jackets has hosts licking their chops but that is no longer the case as, under head coach John Tortorella, the Blue Jackets (18-5-4) have emerged as a challenger for the lead in the tough Metropolitan Division. The are two points back division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins entering Friday, though they have played five fewer games.If it wasnt for division foe Philadelphia Flyers, who have won 10 straight, the Blue Jackets would be the NHLs hottest team.Its a far cry from the start of last season when the Blue Jackets began 0-7 and fired coach Todd Richards, bringing in lightning rod Tortorella. While they finished 27th overall in 2015-16, the BlueJackets caught fire this season and are an unheard of fifth overall.Tortorella is being credited with taking a softer approach to coaching the youthful Blue Jackets that has worked thus far.Its him realizing that things should be ... done differently, whhether it be with the players or with the media or whoever it is, Blue Jackets president John Davidson told Canadian network Sportsnet.dddddddddddd Hes done a great job. The one thing I can tell you is hes a good coach. Hes a really good coach.Tortorella admits hes tried to be more relaxed. One change has been to eliminate game-day morning skates, which is considered sacrilegious by many in the NHL.Ive made adjustments in my coaching to the youth of this team, he told NHL.com. Weve tried to, as I say, turn away from mistakes and allow them to play because I think we need to play a different game, especially with some of the skill thats been brought to our team.Columbus is relying heavily on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started 24 of 27 games and has a 17-4-2 record and 1.94 goals-against average.The Flames were getting similar strong goaltending from Chad Johnson who was in goal for all six of their wins until he hit a snag against Tampa Bay and was pulled after two periods trailing 4-1. Still, hes sitting at a fine 2.12 GAA with a 13-5-1 record.This isnt easy, said Flames coach Glen Gulutzan. You hope you create these runs and we got ourselves back above board but its a lesson here too. You cant take your foot off the gas at all, you cant lose little battles, you cant lose face-offs at the rate we were, which caused us a lot of trouble and disrupted our team a little bit. ' ' '