MONTPELLIER, France -- Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France was hardly troubled by countryman Albano Olivetti as he won 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to reach the Open Sud de France semifinals and stay on course to defend his title. Jerry Rice Jersey . Although Olivetti, a qualifier, had 13 aces, he failed to force a single break-point chance on Gasquets serve and lost his own three times. Gasquet next plays third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, who won had 18 aces in a 6-2, 6-4 win against seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France. "It was a tough match. I know Edouard very well from the Tour and I knew that I had to be very good on my serve and aggressive on my returns to have a chance," said Janowicz, who is 1-1 against Gasquet in their head-to-heads. "Gasquet will be a very difficult opponent. I know he is playing very, very well." No. 5 Gael Monfils of France advanced after beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-4 and next plays No. 6 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, who won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) win against Marc Gicquel of France. "I felt very good on the court today," said Monfils, who won the tournament four years ago and holds a 3-0 record against Nieminen. "I felt the ball really well and had a lot of fun today. As each day goes by, I am feeling better and better and raising my game." The 36-year-old Gicquel missed five break-point chances in the deciding set. Jaquiski Tartt 49ers Jersey .The coach of the Calgary Flames had spent the better part of 2 1-2 hours watching his team play spoiler to the New Jersey Devils playoff hopes, winning a 1-0 game at the Prudential Center on April 7. Cornellius Carradine Jersey .com) - Anthony Jennings 3-yard touchdown pass to Logan Stokes with 5:07 remaining provided the winning points as No.Derek Fisher denied a rift in union leadership in a letter to NBA players Monday, telling them there have been "no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close" with league officials. A story Saturday on Foxsports.com titled "Is Fisher in Sterns pocket?" said there was a disagreement between Fisher and players association executive director Billy Hunter and that the Lakers guard had promised NBA Commissioner David Stern that he could deliver a deal with a 50-50 split in basketball-related income. The story said Hunter confronted Fisher last Friday, the day talks with the league broke down and led to the cancellation of the entire November schedule. "Usually I wouldnt even dignify absurd media reports with a comment. But before these reports go any further, let me say on the record to each of you, my loyalty has and always will be with the players," Fisher wrote in the letter, obtained by The Associated Press and other media outlets. "Anyone that questions that or doubts that does not know me, my history, and what I stand for. "And quite frankly, how dare anyone call that into question. The Players Association is united and any reports to the contrary are false. There have been no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close. We are united in serving you and presenting the best options and getting everyone back to work." Players and owners made progress on a number of issues related to the salary cap system over two days last week. But the negotiations fell apart again on the third day, when the sides decided to revisit the BRI split again. Owners are insistent on a 50-50 split, while players have proposed reducing thheir guarantee from 57 per cent down to 52. Roger Craig Jersey. 5, which they say would transfer more than US$1.5 billion to owners over six years. "My goal, the executive committees ONLY goal is to present you with the most fair deal possible," Fisher wrote. "A deal that is both fair on system and BRI. One isnt more important than the other. They are both extremely impactful to our business, our sport and our day to day life in the league." Fisher put the blame squarely on owners in the letter, telling players that "if nothing more, the league and owners should understand peoples livelihoods are at stake." "They should be able to take the over 1 billion dollars weve offered them and open the doors of their arenas and let us, along with the ushers, parking attendants, everyone impacted to get back to work," Fisher added. There have been no bargaining sessions since Friday, though Fisher told the players he would be in touch later in the week with an update. Players will lose about $350 million with no games in November and more games could be lost without further concessions by the players, since the league has repeatedly said it wont go beyond the 50-50 split. The Foxsports.com story identifies union leadership as a problem, saying: "This is fact: Fisher and Hunter havent been on the same page throughout this lockout." It cites a veteran NBA player familiar with the negotiations who expressed concerns about Fishers allegiance. "The attempt by sources to divide us will be unsuccessful," Fisher wrote. "We will continue to work every day to do right by you, the businesses that depend on our league and our fans." wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys' ' '
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