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Upsets in Toronto

Qualifier Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan beat No. 9 seed Marion Bartoli of France, 6-3, 6-3, Monday in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

Bartoli struggled with her serve throughout the match, making four double faults, while Voskoboeva capitalized on her opportunities by winning four of her six break points.

Bartoli was making her eighth appearance at the Rogers Cup and first since a first-round defeat in 2009, when she lost as the 13th seed to Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko.

"Something is not going well for me here in Toronto," Bartoli said. "I don't know if it is the surface or the humidity or something, but it's been a two-year gap and it's the same kind of match."

Romanian Simona Halep -- another qualifer -- rallied to upset No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The 15th-ranked Kuznetsova had 50 unforced errors.


Real Madrid signs 7-year-old

Real Madrid has signed a 7-year-old soccer prodigy from Argentina who goes by the name Leo -- just like Lionel Messi.

Leonel Angel Coira signed with the Spanish club and will begin training Sept. 6, Madrid spokesman Juan Tapiador told The Associated Press.

Coira told the Argentine sports daily Ole last week that his idol is Messi, the Barcelona forward who is also Argentine and goes by the name Leo. Coira said he prefers to pass rather than score. He already has a Facebook page featuring photos of his visit to Real Madrid.

Madrid reportedly made the push to sign Coira because Spanish league rival Atletico Madrid was also pursuing the youngster.


Carlyle sticks with Ducks

Randy Carlyle had little interest in coaching during his NHL playing days as a hard-nosed defenseman. The Anaheim Ducks are still grateful he finally picked up the coaching bug.

Carlyle agreed to a new three-year contract extension with the Ducks on Monday, keeping the winningest coach in franchise history under contract through the 2013-14 season.

Carlyle has been behind Anaheim's bench for most of the 1993 expansion franchise's biggest moments. He has coached the Ducks since August 2005, going 266-169-57 and leading the club to its only Stanley Cup championship in 2007.

"Coaching has been a lot of fun," Carlyle said. "I've been very fortunate to have (a high) quality of players and management behind me. That's the type of organization and hockey club you want to represent."

Anaheim has made the playoffs five times during Carlyle's six seasons in charge. Only Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who led the then-Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals, has won more playoff games than Carlyle during the last six seasons.

Carlyle's old contract would have expired after the upcoming season, but that deal was reworked.


Bolea hired at D'Youville

North Tonawanda native and Niagara University graduate Nick Bolea was named coach of the D'Youville College men's tennis team. Bolea also will coach the D'Youville women's tennis team, a post to which he was appointed in June.

From News Staff and wire reports