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Tokyo, Japan (SportsNetwork. Jan Stenerud Jersey .com) - Second seed David Ferrer was sent packing in first-round action Monday at the $1.2 million Japan Open Tennis Championships. Spaniard Marcel Granollers ousted his 32-year-old fellow countryman Ferrer in come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 fashion on the hardcourts at Ariake Colosseum. I lost my focus in the second set, said Ferrer, who recently split with his coach Jose Francisco Altur. I have not been playing well recently and have got on a bad run of results. Ferrer titled here in 2007. Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson got past rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, while American Jack Sock upended eighth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-1 on Day 1. Also on Monday, Kazakhstans Andrey Golubev beat French qualifier Pierre- Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4; Uzbekistans Denis Istomin outlasted Japanese wild card Taro Daniel 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5; Luxembourgs Gilles Muller topped Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4; and American Steve Johnson dismissed Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. On Tuesday, top-seeded Stan Wawrinka will take on Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito and third-seeded two-time Tokyo runner-up Milos Raonic will battle Aussie Bernard Tomic. Raonic lost to Juan Martin del Potro in last years final. This weeks winner will collect $296,850. James Winchester Jersey .ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. E. J. Holub Jersey .com Tours season-opening Colombia Championship on Sunday, breaking the course record with an 8-under 63 in the completion of the third round before rain washed out play. MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labour contract in two years. For now, they hope individuals decide on their own to stop dipping. Players union head Tony Clark said Monday that several of his members have quit cold turkey following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on June 16 from oral cancer. While the use of smokeless tobacco was banned for players with minor league contacts in 1993, it is permitted for players with major league deals. The labour agreement covering 2012-16 says players may not carry tobacco packages and tins in their back pockets when fans are permitted in ballparks, and they may not use tobacco during pregame and postgame interviews and at team functions. "I think what we have been doing thus far has been a positive, and although Im not going to offer you a bargaining proposal today on chewing tobacco, we could have that conversation," Clark said Tuesday before the All-Star game. "Then we will see where the guys are and continue the education and their appreciation for or against, or what the many considerations that need to be made in the area even look like, and well have that conversation with Major League Baseball," he said. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who plans to retire in JJanuary, promised "it will be a subject that theyll discuss at the next collective bargaining" but acknowledged "I understand that individuals have the right to make their own decisions. Mike Webster Jersey. " Gwynn, 54 at his death, attributed his cancer to years of chewing tobacco. "We believe that the numbers suggest that the usage has declined significantly, declined in the minor leagues, declined in the majors," Clark said during a question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers Association of America. "Our hope is that we continue to educate guys on that the damage that dipping can do, that they will continue to decide not to dip and chew." Clark, a former All-Star first baseman who never dipped, said Gwynns death "really smacks you between the eyes, and its unfortunate sometimes, that an event like that brings that decision instead of that decision being made beforehand." No change is planned during the current labour contract. "We give the players the opportunity to make the decision that theyre going to make against the backdrop of it being legal," Clark said. "We dont condone it. They know we dont condone it. ... So at the end of the day, yes, we will continue to educate guys, and yes, the players will continue to have a decision that they make in that area." ' ' '