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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 …


Nadal tops Djokovic for 7th French Open title

Rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal rules Roland Garros. The man they call “Rafa” won his record seventh French Open title Monday, returning a day …


So far, Nadal better than ever on clay

PARIS – As is his wont, Rafael Nadal declined to assess whether the 2012 French Open is his best French Open yet. Perhaps the question was too narrow.


Nadal sees red over blue court

Rafael Nadal lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Thursday at the Madrid Open, then threatened not to return if the new blue clay court wasn’t discarded. Nadal (pictured at …


Djokovic’s Open final win over Nadal longest in Slam history

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic admitted that he needed all of his physical and mental resources to rally from 4-2 down in the final set to sting Rafael Nadal for …


Djokovic holds off Murray in marathon semifinal

MELBOURNE, Australia – If anyone knows how Novak Djokovic feels after sweating and scrapping for almost five hours in the Australian Open semifinals, it’s his next opponent – Rafael Nadal. …


Tsonga tops Nadal to reach semifinals

Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga qualified for the semifinals in the ATP World Tour Finals at the expense of Rafael Nadal, beating the second-ranked Spaniard 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday in …


Nadal, Djokovic set to battle for Wimbledon crown

WIMBLEDON, England – For the first time since the 2009 Australian Open, the top two seeded players will meet in the final of a Grand Slam-level tournament today when No. …


New No. 1 Djokovic, old No. 1 Nadal reach Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England – Having ensured his first trip to a Wimbledon final and first turn at No. 1 in the rankings with a thrill-a-minute victory, Novak Djokovic dropped to his …


Newsmakers

Charged Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star Lenny Dykstra was charged with grand theft auto and drug possession by prosecutors who claim he used phony information to lease …


Nadal reigns again at French Open

PARIS – This time, it felt less like “au revoir” and more like farewell for Roger Federer. What may have been the great man’s last best chance to beat Rafael …


Federer drops fourth French final to Nadal

PARIS – This time, it felt less like “au revoir” and more like farewell for Roger Federer. What may have been the great man’s last best chance to beat Rafael …


Djokovic no longer Nadal’s clay pigeon

Novak Djokovic (pictured) defeated Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time in 10 tries, beating the top-ranked Spaniard 7-5, 6-4 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday and extend …


Nadal, top seeds cruise

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal’s quest to complete his “Rafa Slam” at the Australian Open started with a first-round victory that lasted only 11 games and certainly helped him conserve …


Nadal’s tennis streak stirs loud debate

The merits of a “Rafa Slam” versus Rocket’s Grand Slam were being debated well before Rafael Nadal arrived in Australia in pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title, something not …


Federer ends year with win

LONDON – Roger Federer turned his high-profile, season-ending match against Rafael Nadal into little more than an exhbition. Federer gave his rival little chance to mount a challenge in the …


Nadal comes through on hard court

MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer had nowhere to hide. Rod Laver was about to present the cup to Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal. Federer stood on the court, having just …