Sports news briefs — May 11

Compiled from wire reports

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TENNIS

Nadal and Wawrinka
in Madrid Open final

• Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside wild-card entry Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4 at the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Nadal had little trouble extending his winning streak in clay-court semifinals to 46 matches, quickly finishing his countryman after winning the first six games.

The Spaniard will move on to play Stanislas Wawrinka after the 15th-ranked Swiss recovered late to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in a match for the No. 1 ranking and the women’s title after winning semifinals in straight sets.

WARRIOR GAMES

Prince Harry assists
opening ceremony

• Escorted by Britain’s Prince Harry and swimming superstar Missy Franklin, a U.S. Navy officer blinded by an improvised bomb in Afghanistan lit an Olympic-style cauldron to launch the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., for wounded service members. Lt. Bradley Snyder, the prince and Franklin completed the last leg of a brief torch relay at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to formally start the games. All three lifted the torch to the cauldron to ignite the flame. It was a touching start to the Paralympic-style games, which run through Thursday. About 260 athletes are competing in basketball, volleyball, shooting, archery, track and field and swimming.

BOXING

Ricky Burns retains
lightweight crown

• Ricky Burns kept his minor WBO lightweight belt when unbeaten challenger Jose Gonzalez of Puerto Rico retired after the ninth round in Glascow, Scotland. Gonzalez, the winner of 22 fights, 17 by knockout, stayed on his stool because of a suspected broken wrist. Burns (36-2, 11 KO) started better, but Gonzalez troubled the champion in the sixth round and a brutal seventh, subduing the crowd. Gonzalez was hesitant in the ninth, and though he quit afterward, he led on the judges’ scorecards.

• Jamie McDonnell won the vacant IBF bantamweight title when he edged previously unbeaten Julio Ceja with a controversial majority decision in his home ring in Doncaster, England. The favored Ceja entered with a 24-0 record and 22 knockouts, but McDonnell absorbed everything thrown by the 20-year-old Mexican, and a strong final round persuaded the judges to give the local the fight with scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 118-110.

OTHER SPORTS

U.S. beats France
in world hockey

• The United States beat France 4-2 for its fourth win at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki. The U.S. can clinch the top seed for the quarterfinals if it wins its last two round-robin matches against Germany and Slovakia. Stephen Gionta and Bobby Butler gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the first period, and captain Paul Stastny and David Moss added goals in the third.

• Olympic diving champion David Boudia won the silver medal with 518.60 points in the men’s platform event at the FINA USA Grand Prix at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center in Florida. China’s Yanquan Zhang won gold with 521.00 points.

• U.S. rider Connor Fields took first place in the BMX supercross final in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The U.S. Olympian led every lap he raced over the weekend, and finished the men’s final in 32.008 seconds. Fields edged Jelle Van Gorkom of the Netherlands and French rival Joris Daudet. British star Shanaze Reade won the women’s final in 35.622 seconds, holding off Olympic gold medalist Mariana Pajon of Colombia and Laura Smulders of the Netherlands.

• A legally blind 15-year-old pole vaulter cleared three heights at the Texas state championship but didn’t win a medal. Charlotte Brown of Emory Rains High School was one of the top qualifiers in girls’ Class 3A with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches. Her best vault Saturday was 10-6.

• Alex Dowsett won the individual time trial in the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia in Saltar, Italy, after favorite Bradley Wiggins was slowed by a puncture and only managed second. Vincenzo Nibali, Wiggins’ main rival for the title, took the overall lead from Benat Intxausti after finishing fourth.

— From wire reports


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