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Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal stayed in contention for his second Australian Open title six years after his first with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round win Saturday night over Kevin …


Rafael Nadal insists that he shouldn’t be favored in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia – Asked to predict who will win this year’s Australian Open, Rafael Nadal takes a deep breath, shrugs his shoulders and insists it won’t be him. The 14-time …


Wimbledon: 2 years later, Rafael Nadal gets past Lukas Rosol

LONDON – Uncle Toni’s reaction said it all. This one meant a lot to him and to the tennis player he coaches, his No. 1-ranked nephew Rafael Nadal, who was …


In Brief: Nadal upset in second round of Weber Open

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the second round of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open on Thursday, losing 6-4, 6-1 to German wild card Dustin Brown in Halle, Germany. …


Rafael Nadal wins fifth consecutive French Open

PARIS – Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, it must be among the greatest challenges in all …


Nadal wins, sets French Open records

No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a muggy final Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a …


Nadal, Djokovic set to meet in French Open men’s final

PARIS – This is what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wanted. It’s what they expected. And now they’ll meet in a French Open final with so much at stake for …


Murray, Nadal move to men’s semis at French Open

Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals. For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.


Nadal appears to be back in form

PARIS – Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. He had lost three times on his beloved red clay already this …


French Open notes: Rafael Nadal’s bad back offers off-court drama

PARIS – The closest thing to intrigue or drama involving Rafael Nadal on Saturday came after his 31st consecutive French Open victory concluded. That’s when the eight-time champion revealed that …


Serena Williams chases after Grand Slam title No. 18 at French Open

Serena Williams is 53-2 on clay over the past three seasons, and she heads into the French Open as the defending champion for the first time since 2003. The No. …


Djokovic routs Nadal for Sony title

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Novak Djokovic won his fourth Key Biscayne title, while Rafael Nadal failed again trying for his first. Djokovic dominated from the start and closed out the …


Wawrinka hadn’t won set off Nadal until Aussie Open win

MELBOURNE, Australia – Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his first Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed …


Triumphant return

NEW YORK – Hard to believe this is the same Rafael Nadal who was home during the U.S. Open a year ago, nursing a bad left knee. Hard to believe …


Bolt shakes rain to reign again in 100M

Track and Field: His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race. Doesn’t matter. This is Usain Bolt.


Darcis shocks Nadal

LONDON – Rafael Nadal went down in the first round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career on Monday, as the Spaniard lost to Belgian …


Nadal reigns supreme, winning unprecedented 8th French Open

PARIS – If Rafael Nadal truly was going to be challenged, if his bid for an unprecedented eighth French Open championship would be slowed even a bit, this might have …


Nadal captures French Open for eighth time

Rafael Nadal’s rain-soaked 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Ferrer was Nadal’s record 59th win in 60 matches at the French Open and made him the only man with eight …


Vying for 8th French Open title, Nadal gets Ferrer

PARIS – His words catching in his throat, Toni Nadal called it “really a miracle” that his nephew is back in the French Open tennis final. Seriously? Miraculous? More like …


Nadal takes five-setter from Djokovic

Tennis: His dramatic and delightful French Open semifinal was 41/2 hours old – and 14 games into the fifth set – when Rafael Nadal raced from the net to the …


Nadal, Serena secure Italian Open titles

Tennis: After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer. In the 30th meeting between the tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from the start and …


Johnson races to fourth All-Star win

Auto Racing: Jimmie Johnson became the first four-time winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Johnson got a fast final pit stop …


Williams routs Sharapova for Madrid Open title

MADRID – Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50. Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday to retain her …


Heat extend winning streak to 22 games

NBA: The Miami Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Raptors 108-91 in Toronto for their 22nd consecutive …


Heat beat Lakers for fifth straight win

NBA: LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the Miami Heat beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 on Sunday …


Nadal gives small event in Chile a big boost

VINA DEL MAR, Chile – They were giving the tickets away a year ago – and still had a difficult time attracting fans. It’s a different story this year at …


Rafael Nadal’s comeback delayed by stomach bug

Rafael Nadal’s return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven …


Nadal could miss Australian Open

Rafael Nadal (pictured right) still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury, and the 11-time Grand Slam champion isn’t sure if he’ll play the Australian Open in …


Injured Nadal out of London Games

MADRID – Defending champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday with an undisclosed injury, leaving the tennis competition without one of its leading stars and robbing …


Chad: Selig a staple of Stupidest Things in Sports

Yes, it’s time again for “Stupidest Things in Sports.” Which raises the question: How could this only be the second installment ever of “Stupidest Things in Sports”? One could do …