The Bay Area will be well-represented in the women's 200-meter final at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.
San Jose's Jeneba Tarmoh and Richmond's ChaRonda Williams will join U.S. star Allyson Felix in Friday's final after advancing through two rounds of races Thursday.
Tarmoh ran 22.70 seconds in the semifinals and Williams clocked 22.80. Both qualified third out of their heats. Felix had the day's fastest time of 22.30.
Earlier, former Cal star Alysia Montano won her first-round heat of the women's 800. Montano, fifth at the 2012 London Olympics, ran 1 minute, 59.47 seconds to qualify for Friday's semifinals.
Also, Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva criticized competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
"To say anyone is not deserving of equality is just ludicrous," said American Nick Symmonds, who dedicated Tuesday's silver medal in the men's 800 to his gay and lesbian friends.
The new owners of the New Jersey Devils are keeping long-time executive Lou Lamoriello in charge of hockey operations. Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris and David Blitzer bought the Devils and the lease to Newark's Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for $320 million.
Roger Federer beat Tommy Haas 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Also, Novak Djokovic routed David Goffin, 6-2, 6-0. A title here would make Djokovic the first player to win all nine Masters events. Agnieszka Radwanska reached the women's quarterfinals, but after beating Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-2, withdrew to attend her grandfather's funeral.
Simone Biles grabbed the early lead in the U.S. women's championships in Hartford, Conn. The 16-year-old had an all-around score of 60.500, ahead of Kyla Ross (59.750). Ross is one of two members of the U.S.'s 2012 Olympic gold-medal winning team not taking a break after London. Redwood City's Erin Macadaeg (54.150) was 11th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.