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djokovic topples nadal

BEIJING — Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to win his sixth China Open title and improve his record at the tournament to 29-0.

Djokovic had seven aces to none for Nadal and saved both break points he faced.

"The score line, especially in the first set, doesn't indicate the real battle that we had on the court," Djokovic said.

Nadal leads their series 23-22 but hasn't beaten Djokovic since the French Open final last year and hasn't prevailed on hardcourts since the 2013 U.S. Open final.

Nadal hurt a foot early in the second set and called for the trainer during a changeover. He planned to see how he felt today and hoped to play next week's Shanghai Masters.

MORE TENNIS: Garbine Muguruza pulled out of the Hong Kong Open, hours after winning the China Open. She needs time to recover from an ankle problem. Muguruza will rise to No. 4 in the world rankings after beating Timea Bacsinszky in the China Open final Sunday.


FSU women edge No. 1 Tar Heels

The No. 2 Florida State women beat No. 1 North Carolina 1-0 in soccer with a goal from Berglind Thorvaldsdottir in the 79th minute. The Seminoles (12-1-1, 5-0-1 ACC) secured their 19th straight win at home and are unbeaten in their last 17 matches against ACC opponents, dating to 2013. The Tar Heels (11-2-1, 4-2) lost their second straight.

COLLINS WINS tennis TITLE: Virginia senior Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship at Los Angeles, beating Sinead Lohan of Miami 6-1, 6-2 in the title match. Collins, the seventh seed, did not lose a set in the tournament, including a victory over No. 1 seed Brooke Austin of Florida.


U.S. changes roster for exhibition

Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey won't play for the United States in its exhibition against Costa Rica on Tuesday. A day after the Americans lost to Mexico in a playoff for CONCACAF's spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup, coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for the game at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler, midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Graham Zusi, forward Chris Wondolowski and goalkeeper Nick Rimando were also released from camp Sunday. Joining the squad are midfielders Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen and Brek Shea, forward Andrew Wooten and goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Tuesday's exhibition is the United States' final match before the start of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

MORE SOCCER: Albania qualified for its first major tournament by beating Armenia 3-0 in its final qualifier for next year's European Championship. The victory secured Albania second place in Group I, behind already qualified Portugal, and a berth at Euro 2016 in France. The win set off massive celebrations in central Tirana, with thousands of Albanians gathering in the city's main Skanderbeg Square, honking car horns and setting off fireworks. Germany and Poland also clinched spots with 2-1 home victories over Georgia and Ireland, respectively, in their final qualifying games.


wNBA: Shenise Johnson scored 15 and Marissa Coleman added 14 as host Indiana beat Minnesota 75-69 in the Finals to force a deciding Game 5 (at Minnesota, 8 Wednesday, ESPN2). Minnesota's Maya Moore scored a game-high 20. Indiana improved to 5-0 in elimination games.

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Sports in brief 10/11/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2015 11:03pm]
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