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Newcastle sign Parker

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle signed Scott Parker from Chelsea for $11.8 million as it continues to overhaul its squad for next season. The 24-year-old midfielder signed a five-year contract after passing a physical examination. While Parker is Newcastle’s first offseason signing, three players have left since the end of the season. — AP

Safina advances

DEN BOSCH: Nadia Petrova and Dinara Safina both advanced to the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open with straight-set victories. Petrova defeated Argentina’s Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-3, 6-4 and Safina won the last four points of the second-set tiebreaker to beat Maria Kirilenko

6-4, 7-6. In men’s section, Philipp Kohlschreiber ousted Robin

Soderling 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. — AP