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Nadal gets first title in return

SAO PAULO — Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday, winning his first title since returning this month from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee and other maladies.

Nadal thrust his arms into the air and pumped his fist after a long ball by Nalbandian ended the indoor clay-court tournament and gave him his first title since last year's French Open. "I'll definitely enjoy this one because of all the problems that I've gone through with the knee," he said.

Qatar Open: Victoria Azarenka ended a 10-match losing streak to Serena Williams, winning the final 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3 at Doha. Azarenka gives up the No. 1 ranking to Williams today but extended her current winning streak to 14 matches, which includes the Australian Open title.

Et cetera

track: Oscar Pistorius' agent said he was forced to cancel all the disabled sprinter's future races so Pistorius could concentrate on defending himself against allegations he murdered his girlfriend in a Valentine's Day shooting.

nfl: The NFL will introduce a supplement to the much-criticized Wonderlic intelligence test it gives potential draftees at this month's combine, scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to The new test, not a replacement for the Wonderlic, is designed to assess "nonphysical capabilities, aptitudes and strengths," the league said in a memo to teams.… Jersey City, N.J., police said they want to ask Titans receiver Kenny Britt more questions about a shooting and stabbing he witnessed last month but he hasn't responded to their requests.

Soccer: MLS champion Los Angeles said Landon Donovan will rejoin the team in late March. The midfielder and forward, 30, a veteran of three U.S. World Cup teams, had said he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing.

Sailing: Robby Brown of St. Petersburg won overall honors at the NOOD Regatta off St. Petersburg. He won seven of 11 races in the 15-boat J/24 class.

COLLEGES: Alec Ogletree, a former Georgia linebacker and likely first-round pick in April's NFL draft, was arrested this month for DUI in Arizona, his agent told Pat Dye said he couldn't comment further. … Tampa won the Sunshine State Conference women's swimming title Saturday by capturing the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, in Clearwater. Kristine Kassl, Kylie Piche, Erin Plachy and Heather Glenday turned in a meet and overall conference record time of 3 minutes, 25.12 seconds.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 02/17/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:41pm]
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