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Seventh final in a row for nadal in madrid

MADRID — Rafael Nadal reached his seventh straight final since returning from a knee injury, beating wild card Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4 at the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Nadal extended his winning streak in claycourt semis to 46 matches. He can win his fifth title since coming back from a seven-month layoff today against Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet for the No. 1 ranking and the women's title. No. 1 Williams beat Sara Errani 7-5, 6-2. No. 2 Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3.


FA Cup stunner: Wigan

Wigan won England's FA Cup for the first time in its 81 years, beating big-spending Manchester City 1-0 in London in one of the tournament's biggest final upsets. Wigan is 18th in the Premier League at 9-19-8 with two games left and faces relegation. … Barcelona won its 22nd Spanish league trophy when reigning champion Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Espanyol, giving Barcelona an insurmountable seven-point lead.

Et cetera

Hockey: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop had 15 saves, including a couple of key stops to keep his team ahead early in the third, and the United States beat France 4-2 at the world championship in Helsinki, Finland.

Greyhounds: Jack's Big Gun and Kaias Chestnut won third-round qualifying races in the $20,000 Gold Trophy Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying ends Wednesday. The final is Saturday.

Horses: Mylute will run in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, giving Rosie Napravnik a chance to become the first female jockey to win the middle race of the Triple Crown. Eight horses are committed to running, including Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

Football: Adrian McPherson rushed for his 23rd touchdown of the season, breaking the Arena League record for most rushing TDs in a season by a QB, in the Storm's 64-34 loss to host San Jose late Friday. McPherson rushed twice for 5 yards and two TDs. He was 13 of 29 passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Swimming: St. Petersburg's Megan Romano won the 100-meter backstroke and was second in the 50 freestyle at the Olympian-filled Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief 05/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:36pm]
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