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Sports briefs: Biles steals show at gymastics nationals

Published August 15, 2013 9:03 pm

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Gymnastics • Simone Biles grabbed the early lead in the U.S. women's gymnastics championships.

The 16-year-old from Texas put together an all-around score of 60.500 on Thursday in the opening round, well ahead of returning Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross.

Ross, who helped the U.S. women win the team gold in London last summer, is second after posting a total of 59.750.

Federer, Serena advance in Ohio

Tennis • Roger Federer overcome a tough start and emerged from his string of subpar showings since Wimbledon, beating Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.

He'll play fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal Friday night.

On the women's side, No. 1 Serena Williams beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-1 in only 63 minutes, reaching the quarterfinals in a tournament where she's never reached the final.

From wire reports