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Returning Nadal earns two wins

VINA DEL MAR, Chile — Rafael Nadal, back from injury, won two matches at the VTR Open on Friday.

He beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4 to reach the singles semis. Then he and Juan Monaco beat Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to reach the doubles final.

Nadal hadn't played for seven months because of a sore left knee. He had played five matches in four days on clay and not lost a set. He faces Jeremy Chardy today; the finals are Sunday.

"I felt better (Friday) than the first day," he said. "That gives me confidence … we're going in the right way."


Wallace highlights Hall ceremony

Rusty Wallace was the biggest name of NASCAR's fourth Hall of Fame class. The winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup title called his induction in Charlotte, N.C., "the biggest day of my driving career." Also going in were innovative mechanic and crew chief Leonard Wood, ex-series champs Buck Baker and Herb Thomas, and ex-car owner Cotton Owens.


LSU hires fired Ravens coordinator

Cam Cameron, fired as Baltimore's offensive coordinator before its Super Bowl run, was hired by LSU for the same position, reported. He and LSU coach Les Miles worked on Bo Schembechler's staff at Michigan during the 1980s. Cameron takes over for Greg Studrawa, who will become offensive line coach.

Softball: Lindsey Richardson pitched a five-inning no-hitter as host USF, coming off a World Series berth, beat Marshall 8-0 in its season opener.

Et cetera

Baseball: Arizona and 2B Aaron Hill, 30, agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal running from 2014-16. Since 2009, his 96 homers are fewer than only the Braves' Dan Uggla (118) and Yankees' Robinson Cano (111) among second baseman. … Miami signed 3B Chone Figgins to a minor-league deal. The Brandon High grad was released by Seattle despite being owed $8 million in 2013. … Seattle's Felix Hernandez said he won't pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

NFL: Rob Ryan, fired as Cowboys defensive coordinator, interviewed for the same job with the Saints. Georgia coordinator Todd Grantham withdrew from consideration.

Soccer: Tom Sermanni debuts as U.S. women's coach today against Scotland in Jacksonville.

Times wires

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