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Blue Food Dye May Help Treat Spinal Injury

M&M coloring, if taken in time, could reduce paralysis, study finds

(Newser) - A dye used to color blue M&Ms and Gatorade may have a higher calling: Scientists say it could help treat spinal-cord injury, ScienceBlog reports. After a spinal injury, a chemical called ATP, usually key to cells’ health, rushes to the site and kills cells, worsening paralysis. With more research,... More »

Stowaway Molecules Could Taint Mars Results

Microscopic hitchhikers might provide false evidence in search for life

(Newser) - Missions searching for signs of life on Mars could be fooled by organic molecules that hitched a ride from Earth, a new study suggests. University of Florida researchers using simulated Martian conditions found that ATP, an energy-storing molecule fundamental to terrestrial life, could survive the trip and hang around for... More »

Blake Advances to Clay Court Quarterfinals

He defeats 15-year-old Ryan Harrison in straight sets

(Newser) - Top-seeded James Blake beat 15-year-old Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-2 today to move into the quarterfinals in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship. Blake needed just 50 minutes to eliminate the Texas teenager, who earlier this week won his first-ever tour match. Harrison is only the 11th player since the... More »

Serena Williams, Sharapova Advance

Two will meet in Family Circle Cup quarterfinals

(Newser) - Serena Williams set up a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova in the Family Circle Cup, overcoming a sprained ankle and sluggish performance to beat Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 today. "I just kept making errors and it wasn't pretty out there," the fifth-seeded Williams said after her more... More »

Roddick Knocks Off Federer

Serena Williams heads to Key Biscayne finals

(Newser) - Andy Roddick ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses to Roger Federer on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open. Dominating with his serve, Roddick took advantage of Federer's suddenly shaky play down the stretch to win 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Roddick improved to 2-15 against his nemesis.... More »

Roddick Serves Out Nadal

Heads to Dubai semifinals sans coach Jimmy Connors

(Newser) - Andy Roddick advanced to semifinal action at the Dubai Tennis Championships today, upsetting Spaniard Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-2, reports the AP. The No. 1 American-born player aced his way to victory, serving 17 of them throughout the match. "I knew I was going to hit... More »

Italian Tennis Player Punished for Gambling

Galimberti suspended, fined; fourth Italian disciplined in scandal

(Newser) - Italian tennis player Giorgio Galimberti was found guilty of betting on tennis matches during a period dating from June 2003 to January 2006; Tour officials did not specify whether or not he ever bet on his own matches. “The ATP's Tennis Anti Corruption Program… unambiguously states that gambling on... More »

Tennis Investigates 150 Suspect Matches

List has pro tour officials looking for evidence of gambling

(Newser) - The Association of Tennis Professionals has launched an inquiry into 150 matches, identified on a list submitted to it, as possibly influenced by gambling. The author of the list is unknown. The game has come under a cloud of suspicion since a betting site uncovered irregular gambling patterns on an... More »

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