Rafael Nadal of Spain and Maria Sharapova of Russia won tennis singles titles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Nadal, Sharapova earn titles
Rafael Nadal of Spain watched the last shot by Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina sail wide on his fourth match point and collapsed flat on his back. Nadal wasn’t down for long, bouncing back up to celebrate his third title in four tournaments since coming back from a knee injury.
Nadal rallied from losing the first set and being down 3-1 in the second to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif., extending an amazing 1 ½-month run since his seven-month layoff ended in February.
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“Seriously, it’s impossible to have better comeback, no?” said Nadal, smiling. “Happy for everything.”
In a women’s final between players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world in the past, Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-2.
Puerto Rico reaches WBC final
Puerto Rico beat two-time defending champion Japan 3-1 in a World Baseball Classic semifinal game before a crowd of 33,683 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Puerto Rico advanced to Tuesday’s championship game against the winner of Monday’s semifinal between the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic.
Alex Rios, who plays for the Chicago White Sox, hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give Puerto Rico a 3-0 lead.
Teixeira discusses his injury
First baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the New York Yankees’ spring-training complex in Tampa, Fla., wearing a brace on his right wrist and delivering grim news.
His injury, suffered March 5 while swinging off a tee, was originally thought to be a sprain, but is a partly torn tendon sheath.
He will most likely be out until June, and perhaps longer.
“It’s not like a sore knee,” Teixeira said. “If I come back early, I’m not going to be very good, and I could blow it out and risk surgery, and then I’m out the whole year.”
FC Dallas wins thriller in MLS
Kenny Cooper scored in the 90th minute to lead host FC Dallas to a 3-2 Major League Soccer victory over the Houston Dynamo.
Cooper scored on a breakaway after FC Dallas squandered a two-goal advantage in the match’s final 15 minutes.
Ex-Washington Huskies player George John scored FC Dallas’ first goal in the 34th minute.
In another MLS match, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw in Carson, Calif.
Rams, tackle Long agree on deal
The St. Louis Rams and offensive tackle Jake Long agreed to terms on a four-year, $36 million deal.
Long, 27, previously played for the Miami Dolphins. He was the first player drafted in 2008.
• Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus won the 28th Asics Los Angeles Marathon in her marathon debut, and Kenyan Erick Mose won the men’s race with a personal best.
Duliba covered 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 8 seconds. Mose won in 2:09:44.
• Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Caroline Rotich won divisions of the New York City half-marathon.
Kipsang ran 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds.
Bernard Lagat, a former Washington State standout who holds multiple U.S. records at shorter distances, made his half-marathon debut and was 12th in 1:02:33.
“I had so much fun today, and I’m pleased with the result,” Lagat said.
Rotich prevailed in 1:09:09.
• Sidney Crosby scored his 13th goal, Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the visiting Boston Bruins 2-1 for their ninth consecutive NHL victory. The Penguins, who lead the Eastern Conference, have won their last five meetings with Boston.
• Skier Tina Maze of Slovenia won the World Cup season-ending slalom race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She won her 11th Cup race of the season and improved her record points total to 2,414.
Felix Neureuther of Germany took the men’s slalom. Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was second.
• U.S. welterweight Nick Diaz, who lost to champion Georges St. Pierre of Canada at UFC 158 in Montreal on Saturday night, said he has never paid taxes.
The 29-year-old mixed martial arts fighter from Stockton, Calif., said, “I’ve never paid taxes in my life. I’m probably going to go to jail.”
• USC tailback Silas Redd will miss the rest of spring football practice with a torn meniscus in his knee. Redd, a Penn State transfer, led the Trojans with 905 yards rushing as a junior last season.
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