Federer rumbles over
del Potro in ABN final
Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in Rotterdam, Netherlands to win the ABN Amro World Tennis tournament for his first title of the year.
The top-seeded Federer jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first set, with del Potro making uncharacteristic errors. Del Potro, who beat Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final, took a 2-1 lead in the second set before Federer won five of the next seven games to close the match.
Also: Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open, routing Sam Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-2 in Doha, Qatar.
Azarenka earned her 17th straight victory and first title since replacing Caroline Wozniacki atop the rankings after winning the Australian Open.
Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 in San Jose, Calif.
UNLV women’s tennis
shuts out UC Riverside
The UNLV women’s tennis team blanked UC Riverside 7-0 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Rebels (5-2) swept the three doubles matches for the first point, then didn’t lose a set in singles play, paced by Aleksandra Josifoska’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Kat Saltarelli at No. 1.
Also: The UNLV men’s tennis team lost 7-0 to Santa Clara at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. It was the fourth straight loss for the Rebels (3-6).
The UNLV baseball team lost to Loyola Marymount 6-2 to close its three-game, season-opening series in Los Angeles. Danny Higa had RBIs on a single and a walk for the Rebels (1-2).
The UNLV softball team lost 12-2 in five innings to Hawaii in the final game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Eller Media Stadium.
Christina Montoya had a two-run homer for the Rebels (4-5).
The College of Southern Nevada baseball team beat Canada’s Prairie Baseball Academy 5-3 to cap the Coyote Slugout at Morse Stadium. The Coyotes improved to 12-3.
Brown takes Top Fuel
title at NHRA Arizona
Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler, Ariz., holding off Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round with a run of 3.793 seconds at 319.82 mph.
Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, and Jason Line won Pro Stock title in the second of 23 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.
Also: The Detroit Red Wings won their 23rd straight home game, setting an NHL multiple-season mark and holding on to beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-2.
Detroit, which broke the league’s single-season record of 20 on Tuesday, surpassed the 22 wins in a row the Boston Bruins had over two seasons more than eight decades ago.
Mike Cameron told the Washington Nationals he is retiring after a 17-season career in which the center fielder won three Gold Gloves.
The 39-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with Washington in December and was expected to have a good shot to make the roster, with the Nationals unsettled at center field.
Jayson Werth could start the season in center field, making room for 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper of Las Vegas in right field if he makes the team.
Drill beat American Act by a nose to win the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., snapping a five-race skid that had frustrated trainer Bob Baffert.
Drill ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 21.28 seconds.