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Daily Bagel: Players open up about missing Malaysia Airlines flight

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• Video: Alexandr Dolgopolov threads the needle in his win over Dusan Lajovic in the third round of the Sony Open.

• Sandra Harwitt talks to players in Miami about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Normally a comfortable flier, Maria Sharapova is of the mindset that a plane just vanishing is far-fetched and beyond the realm of reality. That is, until it happened a little more than two weeks ago.

"It makes me nervous, especially after watching all the seasons of 'Lost,' it really does," said Sharapova, who was a devotee of the TV series that detailed plane-crash survivors on a remote island. "I wake up every morning and check my Twitter feed, whether there's an update, if it was found and what happened."

• Brian Phillips summarizes Judy Murray's beef with Yoko Ono. It's fantastic.

• Steve Tignor wants to see fewer seeds at the Masters. It's hard to disagree when the early rounds have been so snoozy.

At least the Grand Slams have full 128-player draws, where anyone who wants to be the champion must win seven matches to do it. The spring Masters have just 96 players, which means the Top 32 entrants not only enjoy the protection of being seeded, they get a bye straight into the second round.

With that many big names skipping ahead, there’s precious little left for even dedicated tennis fans to get excited about in the first round. If I had previewed Key Biscayne, the only women’s contest to earn a “First-round match to watch” designation might have been the May-December battle between Donna Vekic and Kimiko Date-Krumm; the only men’s first-rounder to watch might have been Nikolay Davydenko vs. Adrian Mannarino, and that's only because I happen to like relatively unknown Mannarino’s game. If 16, rather than 32, players had been seeded, men like Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis, and women like Flavia Pennetta and Eugenie Bouchard, would have been featured in the first round.

• Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting played an exhibition together.

• Ah, the French:

• Non-tennis: Music ruined by movies.
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