Nadal makes history in Barcelona final
April 30, 2012
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TennisRafael Nadal became the first player in the open era to win two tournaments seven times after beating David Ferrer, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5, in Sunday’s Barcelona Open final. The second-ranked Nadal’s 21st straight victory on clay followed up his eighth straight win in Monte Carlo. The sixth-ranked Ferrer lost his fourth Barcelona Open final to Nadal, who saved 12 of 15 break points for his 34th victory on clay. Nadal won the 10th all-Spanish final for a 48th career win. Only Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have beaten Nadal in a clay court final . . . Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. Simon also won the event in 2007 and 2008 . . . Second-ranked Maria Sharapova cruised past top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, for her first title of the year. Sharapova lost the finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year to Azarenka, and the Russian had never beaten her rival from Belarus in four previous encounters in a final. Azarenka, who fell to 29-2 this year but will keep the No. 1 spot, had her right wrist taped after the first set.
Yankees’ Garcia is sent to the bullpen
BaseballThe Yankees’ Freddy Garcia was demoted to a relief role, a day after he gave up six runs to the Tigers in 1 2/3 innings. Garcia (0-2, 12.51 ERA) has been the worst of a shaky rotation that was thought to be a strength for the Yankees heading into the season. But offseason acquisition Michael Pineda started the season on the disabled list and needs season-ending shoulder surgery. Phil Hughes (1-3, 7.88 ERA) has struggled. David Phelps, who pitched three scoreless innings Saturday, will start in Garcia’s place. To help the taxed bullpen, the Yankees called up righthander D.J. Mitchell from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre . . . Third baseman Brandon Inge agreed to sign with the Athletics, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. Inge was released by the Tigers Thursday after batting .100 (2 for 20) with one home run and two RBIs this season . . . The Marlins optioned outfielder Chris Coghlan and lefthander Mike Dunn to Triple A New Orleans, and recalled outfielder Bryan Petersen and lefthander Dan Jennings . . . Mariners lefthander George Sherrill will undergo season-ending elbow surgery . . . Three Pirates’ farmhands combined on a no-hitter in Indianapolis’s 2-0 International League victory over host Durham (N.C.). Winning pitcher Justin Wilson struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings before he was relieved by Jose Diaz, who retired the only two batters he faced before Doug Slaten got three groundouts in the ninth with Reid Brignac bouncing out to second to end the game.
Malignaggi wins welterweight crown
BoxingAmerican Paul Malignaggi stopped previously undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round to take the WBA welterweight title in Donetsk, Ukraine. The referee stepped in to halt the fight at 1:10 in the ninth after Malignaggi pounded the left side of the Ukrainian’s face until his eye closed. Malignaggi, 31, the former IBF junior welterweight champion, improved to 31-4 with his seventh career knockout. Senchenko, 35, dropped to 32-1.
Power dominates in the Sao Paulo 300
Auto racingWill Power won IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 for the third straight time, easily finishing ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay. Takuma Sato was third, Helio Castroneves fourth, and three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti fifth. It was Power’s third straight victory after four races this season . . . Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor won the rain-shortened Grand Prix of Miami. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, the reigning Daytona Prototype class champions, finished second.
Northeastern women take rowing title
MiscellanyNortheastern used first-place finishes in the varsity 8 and second varsity 8 races to win the Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association women’s rowing championship in Fairfax Station, Va. It was the Huskies’ second straight CAA title and third in the four-year history of the event. Boston University was second, 2010 champion Buffalo third . . . Undrafted University of Maine product Pushaun Brown signed with the Jets. The running back became the third member of the Black Bears to make the NFL, following safety Jerron McMillian (Packers) and fellow defensive back Trevor Coston (Bears) . . . Britain’s last attempt to keep former doping offenders off its Olympic teams failed, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport declaring the country’s lifetime bans for drug cheats unlawful. Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar are now eligible to compete at the London Olympics. Chambers, who won a bronze in the 60 meters at the world indoor championships in March, served a two-year ban after testing positive for the steroid THG in 2003; Millar was suspended in 2004 for two years after testing positive for the blood-boosting agent EPO . . . Three-time British Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de Romandie cycling race in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Andrew Talansky of the United States was second, Portugal’s Rui Costa third . . . Dynaformer, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, died in Versailles, Ky., two weeks after having a heart attack in his stall. The 27-year-old stallion was one of the most successful sires in the thoroughbred industry with 21 crops that have earned more than $105 million, including 130 stakes winners and 18 millionaires.
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