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Losing return for Hingis in Fed Cup playoffs

Switzerland's Martina Hingis serves  a  ball  to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their Fed Cup World Group Playoff tennis match between Poland and Switzerland, in Zielona Gora, Poland, Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis  played  her first competitive singles match since 2007.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.

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Fed Cup: Netherlands and Australia 1-1

‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

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Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

Petra Kvitova from Czech Republic reacts after winning a point against Kristina Mladenovic from France during the Fed Cup tennis semifinal match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles matches on Saturday.

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Semenya wins national 800 title, targeting world champs

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — With a new coach, a new hairstyle and a new, trimmer physique, Caster Semenya reclaimed the South African 800-meter title Saturday and said she’s injury-free and looking to qualify for her first world championships in four years.

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Lack helps Canucks top Flames 4-1, even series

Vancouver Canucks goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, tangles with Calgary Flames' Brandon Bollig as Jannik Hansen (36), of Denmark, and linesman Darren Gibbs try to break them apart during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Tempers flared and fists flew — and the tone might have been set for the rest of the first-round playoff series between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

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