Murray garners first clay victory over Nadal

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final to win 6-3, 6-2 against the four-time champion.

It was Murray’s first Masters title on clay, a week after his first career tournament victory on the red surface at the Munich Open.

It was Nadal’s fourth loss on clay this year, raising questions about his ability to win a 10th French Open title.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist as the United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia at Prague.

The Czech Republic and defending champion Russia also advanced to the knockout stage, while Canada maintained a perfect record by thrashing Switzerland 7-2 to clinch first place in its group.

Nelson has six goals at the tournament and tops the scoring chart together with Sweden’s Filip Forsberg.


U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM: Abby Wambach scored twice and the U.S. defeated Ireland 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition match at San Jose, California, in preparation for the Women’s World Cup.

Defender Julie Johnston, scored to extend her scoring streak to three matches.

Hope Solo added to her U.S. record with the 83rd shutout of her career.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four ended after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea left the team six points behind Manchester United with two games left.

MLS: Boniek Garcia and Will Bruin scored, and the Houston Dynamo beat Toronto FC 2-1 to spoil Toronto’s home debut in new-look BMO Field.


NFL: The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the end of their rookie minicamp, giving him a chance to compete for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.


TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: Germany’s Trixi Worrack won the women’s title on bonus time and Canada’s Leah Kirchmann took her second straight stage in the three-leg event.

Worrack finished fourth in the stage. She claimed the overall title by 5 seconds over Kirchmann after gaining 13 mid-race sprint bonus seconds in intermediate sprints.

 Britain’s Mark Cavendish, a 25-time Tour de France stage winner, powered past Slovakia’s Peter Sagan just before the finish line to win the first stage of the men’s race.

GIRO D’ITALIA: Elia Viviani timed his sprint to perfection to win the second stage, while Michael Matthews moved into the overall lead on a day marred by several crashes.

– From news service reports