signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday. The 32-year-old Ricci was the captain of the San Jose Sharks last season, with seven goals and 19 assists in 71 games.
Paul Tracy stayed far away from nemesis Alex Tagliani on Friday, and took the provisional pole position for the Toronto Molson Indy -- barely. The hometown favorite, who won the race from the pole last year and also won here in 1993, turned a fast lap of 59.407 seconds (106.351 mph) on his sixth of 14 laps around the 1.775-mile, 11-turn temporary street course on the edge of downtown Toronto. The fast lap assured Tracy a front row start, no matter what happens in today's final round of time trials.
French Open champion Gaston Gaudio beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Swedish Open. Gaudio needed just over an hour to eliminate Nadal after a five-hour rain delay forced organizers to move the match from center court to Court 1. Gaudio, the No. 2 seed who has won two of three matches in straight sets, will face either Juan Ignacio Chela or Robin Soderling in the semifinals.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer rallied past Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open. Federer also struggled to beat the 6-foot-10 Croatian in the fourth round at Wimbledon, before winning 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Federer has won 23 of 25 matches, collecting titles at Hamburg and Halle in Germany and Wimbledon in the run.
Marion Jones finished second in her quarterfinal heat of the women's 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night, good enough to advance to Saturday's semifinal but far from her dominating form of past years. Jones began her bid for a spot on the U.S. squad for the Athens Games by finishing behind LaTasha Colander in the opening-round heat. Jones, who dominated the event in the late 1990s and is the reigning Olympic champion, finished in 11.38 seconds. Jones remains under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Triple jumper Tim Rusan received a public warning after he tested positive for THC at a track meet in Brazil, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday. Rusan, of St. Louis, was disqualified from his second-place finish at the IAAF Grande Premio Rio de Atletismoon on May 16 in Rio de Janeiro.
-- From wire reports