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Federer, Nalbandian reach Swiss final

Top-seeded Roger Federer defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland.

Federer will seek a third straight Swiss Indoors title today against 2002 champion David Nalbandian of Argentina.

The second-seeded Nalbandian defeated Davis Cup teammate Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Also: Jelena Jankovic of Serbia will end the season at No. 1, outlasting four other players who held the top ranking during the year.

Jankovic’s 4,555 points give her a commanding lead over Dinara Safina (3,782) and Serena Williams (3,716). She will retain the top spot regardless of the outcome of the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, the WTA Tour announced.

The 23-year-old, who hasn’t won a major, lost to Williams at the U.S. Open final in September. She won four titles and is 63-17 this year.

Top-seeded Elena Dementieva will face Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the final of the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg.

Dementieva routed eighth-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals, and Wozniacki beat sixth-seeded Li Na of China, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2.

Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic reached her first final since winning the French Open in June, beating No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the Generali Ladies tournament in Linz, Austria.

The Serb will face second-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who beat sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-0, 6-1.

Defending champion Andy Murray defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the St. Petersburg Open final in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The top-seeded Murray will play qualifier Andrey Golubev, who reached his first career ATP final by beating Victor Hanescu, 6-3, 6-0.

Robin Soderling rallied past fourth-seeded Gilles Simon 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 at the Lyon Grand Prix in Lyon, France, to reach his fourth indoor final of 2008.

He will face Julien Benneteau, who came back from 5-3 down in the first set to upset third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (4), 7-5.


Wranglers come up short against Reign

The Wranglers lost to the Ontario Reign 4-1 in an ECHL game in Ontario, Calif.

Matt Beaudoin scored in the second period for Las Vegas (1-3-1) to cut the Reign’s lead to 2-1. But Ontario scored twice in the third period to put it away.

Also: Minnesota Wild star Marian Gaborik was placed on injured reserve because of an unspecified lower-body injury that has kept him out of four straight games.

The move was retroactive to Oct. 14, so Gaborik could come off IR at any time.


Blazers exercise option on 2007 top pick Oden

The Portland Trail exercised their third-year option on the contract of center Greg Oden, who missed last season following microfracture surgery on his right knee after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

The Blazers also said they exercised fourth-year options on forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guards Sergio Rodriguez and Brandon Roy.

The moves, announced by general manager Kevin Pritchard, keep all four players under contract through the 2009-10 season.

Also: David Beckham insists he will stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy regardless of any possible loan to Italian power AC Milan.

“At the end of the day, my commitment is still to the Galaxy, and that’s not changed,” Beckham said. “But I’ve been given a chance to join up with one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I’m going to do that.

“The Galaxy are not against it. They’ve made that clear. They said that if I want to do that, then they’re prepared to let me go there on loan until our season.”

UNLV had its two remaining doubles teams eliminated in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s West Regional Championships in San Diego.

Ninth-seeded Kristina Nedeltcheva and Katy Williams beat San Diego’s Juliette Coupez and Samantha Mouley, seeded fifth, 8-4 to reach the quarterfinals, then lost 9-7 to fourth-seeded Gabriela Niculescu and Maria Sanchez of Southern California.

UNLV’s Anna Maskaljun and Alisa Razina also reached the quarterfinals, topping UCLA’s Ali Walters and Andre Remynse 8-6 before losing 9-7 to Long Beach State’s Hannah Grady and Stephanie Jeans.

Williams remained alive in consolation singles play, getting a win by default, then beating UC Santa Barbara’s Sofia Novak, 6-4, 6-1.

The UNLV volleyball team lost to Texas Christian 28-26, 15-25, 25-13, 25-22 in a Mountain West Conference match in Forth Worth, Texas.

Melody Nua had 36 assists and 15 digs for the Rebels (13-10, 6-4 MWC), and Erin Greenwood and Sara Nehf each had 13 kills.

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