Nadal snaps losing streak to Djokovic to reach final

Rafael Nadal ended his seven-match winless streak against Novak Djokovic with a 6-2, 6-4 victory Saturday that put him in the Madrid Open final.

Nadal overpowered Djokovic from the start and converted on his third match point to earn his first victory against the second-ranked Serb since the 2014 French Open final.

The four-time Madrid champion will play Dominic Thiem of Austria, who ousted Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4.


EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs’ game against the Reading Fightin Phils was postponed because of rain.

It was the eighth postponement for the Sea Dogs this season.

Saturday’s game will be made up when the Sea Dogs return to Reading on May 30-June 1.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States fought back from two goals down to beat Latvia 5-3 and move to the top of Group A with its fourth win of the tournament, in Cologne, Germany.

Dylan Larkin, with seven assists going into the game, sealed the win with an empty-net goal after Andrew Copp put the U.S. in front for the first time with 3:22 remaining.

Russia routed Slovakia 6-0 to reclaim the lead in Group A.


GIRO d’ITALIA: Spanish rider Gorka Izaguirre profited from a crash on the short but steep concluding climb to win the eighth stage, in Peschici, Italy, while Bob Jungels of Luxembourg held on to the pink jersey as the overall leader despite a minor crash.


WNBA: Tina Charles scored 12 points and Epiphanny Prince had 11 to help the host New York Liberty beat the short-handed San Antonio Stars 73-64 in the season opener for both teams.

Cierra Burdick added 10 points as the Liberty slowly pulled away.


SHANGHAI DIAMOND LEAGUE: Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson overcame a slow start to win the women’s 100 meters in 10.78, the fastest time in the world this season, in Shanghai.

Omar McLeod started his season on the right note with a win in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, while China’s Su Bingtian won the men’s 100 against a weakened field missing American star Justin Gatlin, who was a late scratch.


WOMEN’S FA CUP: Two-time world player of the year Carli Lloyd will return to the United States with at least one winner’s medal from her short stint at Manchester City after a 4-1 win against Birmingham.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal produced one of its best performances of the season to beat Stoke 4-1 and move to within one point of the top four with two games remaining.

If fourth-placed Liverpool fails to beat West Ham on Sunday, Arsenal knows that wins over Sunderland on Tuesday and Everton next Sunday will earn it a place in the Champions League for the 20th straight season.

MLS: Scott Caldwell scored in the opening minutes and the New England Revolution snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory against Real Salt Lake at Foxborough, Massachusetts.


INDYCAR: Will Power won the IndyCar Grand Prix in Indianapolis for his first victory of the season, leading 61 of 85 laps and easily holding off Scott Dixon on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course.


BOYS’ LACROSSE: Derek Muse had six goals and four assists as Berwick Academy (6-6) beat Lexington Christian Academy (4-7) 18-12 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Byron Welch added five goals and two assists.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Char Noerdinger scored four goals and Laura Hoy had three goals and an assist as Berwick Academy beat Lexington Christian Academy 14-5 in Lexington, Massachusetts.