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Nadal shakes errors off for clay title

MONACO — Rafael Nadal won his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title Sunday, topping Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 in an error-strewn final.

Nadal earned his biggest victory since the 2014 French Open, which is also on clay.

"This week I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before," Nadal said. "That's something I missed a lot."

He also tied Novak Djokovic's record of 28 Masters series titles.

Fed Cup: The two-time defending champion Czech Republic reached the final, beating host Switzerland 3-2, and will meet France in November. The French topped the Netherlands 3-2.


Goal for American teen in Germany

American forward Christian Pulisic became the fourth-youngest player to score in the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund's first goal in a 3-0 win over Hamburg. Pulisic, of Hershey, Pa., scored at 17 years and 212 days; teammate Nuri Sahin (17/82) hold the record.

England: Leonardo Ulloa's penalty kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time salvaged a 2-2 tie for host and league leader Leicester City against West Ham United. Leicester leads Tottenham Hotspur by eight points with four matches to play; Spurs play today at Stoke City.


Two stabbed by ex-mate: police

A former Syracuse football player is accused of stabbing two present members of the team Saturday in Syracuse. Defensive backs Chauncey Scissum and Corey Winfield, both 21, were stabbed, reported. Naesean Howard, 20, a defensive back who last was on the team in 2014, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Police said the injuries were not considered life-threatening, the website reported.

Gymnastics: Florida was fourth with 197.35 points Saturday at the NCAA women's championships in Fort Worth, Texas, ending its run of national titles at three. Oklahoma (197.675) completed a sweep of the men's and women's titles. UF's Bridget Sloan (9.9375) won the uneven bars.

Baseball: UCF broke a tie with two runs in the eighth en route to a 6-5 victory over visiting USF. The Bulls (17-19, 3-6 AAC) rallied for a run in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Trent Thompson induced consecutive popouts to win it for the Knights (20-18, 5-4). Bulls DH Luke Borders went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo homer in the sixth to tie the score at 4.

Softball: Saint Leo (37-4, 20-1 Sunshine State Conference) wrapped up the league title after Barry's three-game sweep of second-place Rollins over the weekend. It's the Lions' second softball title and clinched a NCAA Division II tournament region berth.

Et cetera

NFL: Cornerback Brandon Browner rejoined the Seahawks after two seasons away by agreeing to a one-year deal, reuniting Seattle's original "Legion of Boom" secondary, ESPN reported. Browner played for the Patriots in 2014 and the Saints last season.

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