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Thursday / February 9.
  • Kyle Anderson spent Tuesday on an unofficial visit to Georgetown and said it went well.

    “The Georgetown visit was great,” the 6-foot-8 St. Anthony point guard said by text. “I met with Coach [John] Thompson [III]. We viewed the campus. We watched film and I also met big coach [John Thompson Jr.).”

    Anderson is also friendly with incoming Georgetown guard Jabril Trawick, his former teammate with the Playaz Basketball Club. Trawick played in the New York

    NEW YORK — Mother Nature may have hurt Rafael Nadal’s chances at a U.S. Open repeat.

    After Tuesday’s day and night sessions were cancelled because of rain, Nadal would now have to win four matches in five days to repeat, whereas Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic must only win three matches in five days — assuming the finals are held as scheduled on Sunday.

    “Absolutely,” ESPN commentator Pam Shriver told SNY.tv Tuesday. “I don’t know if it’s because [Federer’s] got the 16 majors or he works the scheduling better, I always feel like he gets out in front.”

    DaJuan Coleman has tentatively set his official visit to Ohio State for the weekend of Sept. 23 and will likely take all three officials before making a decision.

    “OSU is penciled in for the fourth weekend of September right now,” Jim Hart, Coleman’s AAU coach, said by text. The Buckeyes host Colorado in football Sept 24.

    The 6-foot-9 Coleman out of Jamesville DeWitt is also considering hometown favorite Syracuse and Kentucky, but no Syracuse visit has been set.

    He will trip to Kentucky the weekend of Oct. 15 for Big Blue Madness.

    Jake Layman had been saying all summer that Maryland was his favorite school.

    On Monday, the 6-foot-8 forward from Wrentham (Mass.) King Phillip pulled the trigger for the Terps.

    “My relationship with the coaches has been real strong, with every single coach,” he told ESPNBoston.com.

    “I like Coach [Mark] Turgeon’s style of play, his offense is a good fit for me,” he added. “The ACC is a good conference for me, too. I think it’s the most skilled conference in the country, I like it a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time with the players [on my visits], I know them real well, and they’re easy to talk to, so that’s good. Plus, I have the opportunity to be an impact player my freshman year.”

    Edgar Sosa, the former Rice High School and Louisville standout, suffered a gruesome leg injury Monday while playing for the Dominican Republic against Panama in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

    According to John Calipari’s official website, Sosa drove to the basket with 37.9 seconds remaining in the DR’s 92-68 victory and sustained a compound fracture of his right fibula and tibia.

    “From what they’re seeing right now, they’ve just got to place it,” Calipari said on his website. “It’s crazy, nobody fell on him or anything. It’s sad because this kid just had a heck of a game. He had 13 points, eight rebounds and was playing a lot better.”

    NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic says the Balkan Wars of the 1990s made Serbian athletes like himself tough, resourceful and, ultimately, successful.

    “There is something in the mentality that obviously helps us to be here, helped us to be successful in what we do,” Djokovic, born in 1987, said Monday after his 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 fourth-round U.S. Open victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov improved his 2011 record to 61-2.

    “We all experienced the war, we have all experienced the tough times back home, struggles to have the right conditions to become a professional player.