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Anderson, Team USA rolling

West Seneca's Matt Anderson continued his strong play as Team USA improved to 2-0 in pool play of the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier late Tuesday night. The U.S. defeated Costa Rica, 25-14, 25-9, 25-9, in the men's volleyball tournament, with Anderson, the 6-foot-10 outside hitter and former Penn State All-American, scoring six points on six attacks.

Team USA's David McKienzie led all scorers with 10 points on a match-high eight kills and two aces.

The winner of the eight-team tournament qualifies for the Olympic Games later this summer in London. The U.S. took on Mexico in its final pool play match Wednesday. That match did not end in time for this edition. The playoff round begins today with quarterfinal matches.


Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years.

Federer hasn't been eliminated in the second round of a tournament since the 2010 Rome Masters, and the 16-time Grand Slam champion had to call on his wealth of experience and shotmaking abilities to survive an early scare against the 23rd-ranked Canadian.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal had an easier time in his first match on the blue clay earlier Wednesday as he beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-2.

Defending women's champion Petra Kvitova lost to Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3 while top-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4.


Getzlaf nets winner for Canada

Anaheim star Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie midway through the third period to help Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 on Wednesday night in the world hockey championships.

Edmonton's Jordan Eberle and the New York's Islanders' John Tavares also scored for Canada, 3-0 in Group A play. Damien Brunner and Goran Bezina scored for Switzerland (2-2-0).

Team USA returns to the ice today when it plays Belarus in a preliminary round game (9 a.m., NBCSN).

From News Staff and wire service reports