Women’s tennis team headed to regionals

The UNLV women’s tennis team, ranked 37th and coming off winning the Mountain West Conference title last weekend, will travel to Los Angeles to open NCAA regional play May 9.

The Rebels, who have won eight straight matches, will open against No. 18 Pepperdine, with the winner taking on the winner of the match between 10th-ranked Southern California and Marist.

Also: The UNLV baseball team lost to Cal State Northridge 2-1 in a nonconference game in Northridge, Calif.

Xavier Scruggs scored for the Rebels (19-24) on a throwing error in the seventh inning.


Manchester United in Champions League final

Manchester United set up the first all-English final in the history of the European Champions League, beating Barcelona 1-0 behind Paul Scholes’ goal in the 14th minute in Manchester, England.

Manchester United won the home-and-home semifinal on a 1-0 aggregate score and will meet Chelsea or Liverpool in the final on May 21 in Moscow.

Chelsea hosts Liverpool today after gaining a 1-1 tie on the road last week.

Also: Ronaldo went into hiding in Brazil after a run-in with cross-dressing prostitutes that prompted police in Rio de Janeiro to investigate whether to charge one with trying to extort money from the soccer star.

The AC Milan player, in Brazil recovering from knee surgery, canceled two TV appearances, and local media said he will continue physiotherapy at his home.

Police said Ronaldo committed no crime, but he was accused by one prostitute of using drugs and not wanting to pay. Prostitution is legal in Brazil.

Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA player of the year, acknowledged to police he knew they were prostitutes. But he did not realize they were cross-dressers until getting to a motel Sunday night, when one allegedly tried to extort him to hide the story from the media, according to police.


Top sprinter Powell out with chest injury

World-record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica won’t race for the next two months because of a chest injury. His manager says the sprinter will be able to run at the Beijing Olympics in August.

Powell, who clocked 9.74 seconds last year to break the 100-meter dash mark, will resume training in about a week.

Also: Drug testing at the British Open at Royal Birkdale will be delayed a year because some international players have not been exposed to doping education programs.

Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said the British Open was not ready to begin the testing program because of the tournament’s international qualifying system. He expects anti-doping controls will be in place for the 2009 golf championship at Turnberry.

Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

Iginla is a Hart Trophy finalist for the third time. Malkin and NHL scoring champion Ovechkin are first-time finalists.

Super heavyweight Michael Hunter of Las Vegas missed out on a berth in the Beijing Games, losing a 10-3 decision to Venezuela’s Jose Payares at an Olympic qualifying tournament in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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