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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Alex Bogomolov Jr. is making the most of his belated arrival in the limelight. After a mostly mediocre career, the 28-year-old put together the best results of his life last season, rising from outside the top 100 to No. 33 in the rankings to be voted by his peers as the most improved player in 2011. But it isnt just his tennis thats attracting attention at the Australian Open. In November, he announced that he wanted to play for Russia, the country of his birth, instead of the United States, where he had lived and trained since 1992. The switch was approved by the International Tennis Federation in December and this is the first Grand Slam he has played under the Russian flag. Bogomolov is set to make his Davis Cup debut for Russia in a first-round match against Austria next month. He then can apply for acceptance to play at the Olympics later in the year. Just one problem: after supporting Bogomolov through his development, the United States Tennis Association wanted compensation. In December, the USTA received a check for $75,000. "They invested their time and their finances in me. I think it was only right for me to pay them back," Bogomolov said Tuesday after his straight-set win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver. "Its a big load off my shoulders. Everything is peaceful. Everything is good." That wasnt the case on the eve of the Australian Open when Bogomolov sparked a mini-drama by tweeting: "A players strike here at the Australian Open?? YES SIR!!" A player stoppage at the first Grand Slam of the year never looked close to happening. Yet Bogomolovs tweet, which followed a player meeting on Saturday, was a real indication of a concerted push by the players to force changes to the tour. "As far as the tweet, I was very excited as far as how the players were united. Ive never been to a meeting like that before in my life," Bogomolov said. "I know all these guys for 12 years already. The way everybody is sticking by each other, the way everybody is on the same page, is inspiring." Talk of a player strike also cropped up a few months ago, with several top players unhappy about the length of the season. Prize money at Grand Slam tournaments is another top issue, with the players set to meet again in March to decide on a course of action if there has been no progress. Bogomolov, who sees himself as an elder statesman of the mens tour, is happy to carry on being a spokesman for players rights. "Im 28 years old, Im trying to sort of improve the game for the younger generation thats coming up, for the fans, for the tournaments," he said. "Im at the end of my career. Were trying to make it better for the guys coming up." He may be close to the end of his career, but Bogomolov is only just reaching his peak after coming through a couple of rocky periods early on. In 2005, he sat out a 1 1/2 month ban for ingesting a banned substance contained in an asthma treatment. The following year, his two-year marriage to former WTA professional Ashley Harkleroad ended in divorce. Back in Melbourne where he failed the anti-doping test seven years ago, Bogomolov is seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam and through to the second round. "At 28 years old, its kind of surreal," Bogomolov said. "But its very exciting." www.jerseyspanthers.com/Jersey-Byron-Bell.htm . Federer walked down that alley a winner again Sunday, ending a 10-month run of 11 tournaments without a title, an eternity by his standards. The 31-year-old Swiss overcame a sluggish start to beat unseeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open for his first title since Cincinnati in August. www.jerseyspanthers.com/Jersey-Robert-Lester.htm . - Eddie Pasquale stopped 26 shots as the St. http://www.jerseyspanthers.com/Jersey-Deangelo-Williams.htm. -- The week began like too many others in recent years for the Miami Dolphins: with uncertainty at quarterback. www.jerseyspanthers.com/Customized.htm . The sixth-seeded Schiavone was dominant in the first set, where she didnt face a break point on her serve and broke the Spaniard twice. Dominguez Lino broke in the fourth game of the second set to lead 3-1, but Schiavone broke her straight back, and saved further break points in the next game before breaking her opponent once again to take control. www.jerseyspanthers.com/Iphone-Case.htm . The former top-ranked Ivanovic beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1, while 2011 U.S. Open winner Stosur extended her winning streak to seven matches by beating Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. PITTSBURGH -- The problems the Pittsburgh Steelers face, to borrow one of coach Mike Tomlins favourite words, are obvious. The solutions? Not so much. Given an extra week to stew over the worst start in 45 years, Tomlin is tweaking the lineup hoping to find a spark that will help his team begin the long road back to respectability. Defensive end Cameron Heyward will start on Sunday against the New York Jets. Embattled left tackle Mike Adams will sit. Kelvin Beachum and newly acquired Levi Brown will both get a look at Adams vacated spot. Rookie Vince Williams will line up alongside Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker. The moves are not an elixir, to be sure, but a step toward a fresh start for a team in desperate need a reboot following an 0-4 September. "I like the attitude, demeanour and approach to work that the guys have taken," Tomlin said. "Thats just part of the equation. Obviously, putting it together and producing victory is the most significant part of the equation." One the Steelers have failed to solve. They remain the only team in the league yet to create a takeaway. Their minus-11 turnover differential is second only to the even more hapless New York Giants (0-5), and their four sacks are dead last. Heyward could provide a boost. The former first-round draft pick spent the first month of the season as the third man in a four-man rotation at end behind Brett Keisel and Ziggy Hood. While Keisel has looked downright spry at times at age 35, Hood continues to be a disappointment. Tomlin plans to keep Hood and Al Woods in the mix but believes Heyward has earned the right to get more snaps. "I think hes been really solid, not taking anything away from Ziggy," Tomlin said. "Obviously, both guys will continue to play. We just want Cam to play more than hes been playing and in order to ensure that, were going to put him in the starting lineup." Tomlin doesnt need Heyward to create havoc so much as simply do his job for a defence that is surprisingly benign. The Steelers are 11th in the league in yards allowed, giving up 321 a game. Not bad by most standards, but hardly acceptable at a place that has been ranked No. 1 in fewest yards surrendered four times in the last deccade.dddddddddddd. While the pass rush has been toothless, the run defence has been even worse. Pittsburgh is 25th against the run, allowing an average of 122 yards. The Steel Curtain has become little more than a warm blanket. Tomlin admitted hed like the defence to be more "sound" against the run. What he would really like, however, is for his players to be more physical. Though the number of padded practices is limited under the collective bargaining agreement, Tomlin thinks his players dont have to be suited up to improve their mindset. "We have to minimize the big plays," he said. "I think that has been an issue for us ... We just need to get more solid in that area, minimize big plays and make people work to produce points against us. Thats how weve done it for a long period of time. We have to quickly get back to that." Rookie running back LeVeon Bell was a revelation in his debut against the Vikings, running for a pair of touchdowns. His workload figures to increase against the Jets, and hell likely have at least one and perhaps two new faces in front of him. Tomlin called Brown -- brought in from Arizona in a trade last week -- a "critical addition" and isnt ruling out the prospect of the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft starting. Guard Ramon Foster remains bothered by a strained pectoral muscle and his status wont be determined until later in the week. If Foster doesnt heal in time, Brown will likely start at left tackle, with the versatile Beachum replacing Foster. Its not exactly the line the Steelers projected in August. Then again, that might not be a bad thing considering how the unit underachieved in September after centre Maurkice Pouncey went down with a season-ending right knee injury. Already three games behind AFC North rivals Baltimore, Cleveland and Cincinnati in the standings, Pittsburgh needs to start moving. How it begins is irrelevant. When Tomlin talks about the route Adams can go to get back on the field, the coach might as well be talking about his team too. "Its time for Mike to roll his sleeves up and go about working to find more consistency," Tomlin said, "so that he can be the player that we know and he knows he is capable of being." ' ' '
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