Nadal again beats Ferrer
to claim Barcelona crown
Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-2,
6-4 in their second all-Spanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title Sunday in Barcelona, Spain.
The top-ranked Nadal won his 29th straight match at the clay court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit a backhand wide on match point.
“It is a dream for me to win here six times,” said Nadal, whose sole loss at Barcelona came against another countryman, Alex Corretja, in 2003. “I think it will be difficult to repeat. Six years is a long time in the life of a tennis player.”
It was Nadal’s 45th career ATP title and his second consecutive trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17.
Nadal won at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals victories over Ferrer in 2008 and 2009, before sitting out last year’s edition to rest.
Also: Julia Goerges upset top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
The 22-year-old Goerges became the first German to win the tournament since Anke Huber in 1996 and will now move to a career-best ranking of No. 27.
Wozniacki was looking for her fourth title of the year.
Wozniacki saved one match point in the second set at 5-3 on her serve, but Goerges served out the match in the next game, converting her second match point with a service winner, then throwing herself to the red clay in celebration.
Italian veteran Alberta Brianti defeated seventh-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-3 in the Grand Prix SAR final in Fez, Morocco, to earn her first WTA title.
Arsenal tumbles, likely loses
shot at Premier League title
Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the English Premier League were virtually extinguished on a last-minute goal by Bolton substitute Tamir Cohen in a 2-1 road loss.
The Israel midfielder, who came on in the 85th minute, glanced in a near-post header from a corner kick to leave third-place Arsenal nine points behind league leader Manchester United with four matches remaining.
Chelsea is second in the Premier League, six points behind United.
Also: Polish Formula One driver Robert Kubica has left the hospital, 11 weeks after suffering severe injuries during a rally crash.
The Santa Corona hospital in the northern Italian town of Pietra Ligure announced the news, saying “his condition is good and the (driver) will begin a new phase of rehabilitation outside of the hospital.”
After the Feb. 6 accident, Kubica underwent seven hours of surgery to save his right hand before operations on his shoulder, leg and elbow.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Alvin Keith McCants is in jail after being arrested on a cocaine possession charge in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Pinellas County Jail records show the 43-year-old McCants was also booked Saturday afternoon on a charge of resisting an officer. Bond was set at $4,000. He’s also being held on a warrant from Mobile, Ala., for failure to appear on a controlled substance charge.
Stephanie Schafer and Kelsey Williamson led the UNLV track and field team Saturday at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. Schafer won the high jump at 5 feet, 6½ inches, and Williamson won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 10.77 seconds.
Ali Bartosch took second in the 800, Lauren Petersen was third in the 5,000, and Amanda Bingson (hammer throw) and Davina Collins (long jump) had fourth-place efforts.