Rafael Nadal extended his dominance on clay with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win his 11th Barcelona Open title.

Nadal, who also won his 11th Monte Carlos Masters title last week, was never seriously challenged on his way to a 19th straight victory on clay.

The top-ranked Spaniard has won 46 straight sets on clay, extending his own record.

It was the 77th title overall for Nadal, tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era. Only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl have more.

STUTTGART OPEN: Karolina Pliskova ended CoCo Vandeweghe’s brilliant week with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win in the final in Germany.

Vandeweghe, a wild card entrant who defeated defending champion Laura Siegemund and three top-10 players to reach the final, was trying to become the first American winner in Stuttgart since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.


PGA: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy played bogey-free in the alternate-shot format and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the Zurich Classic in Avondale, Louisiana.

Horschel and Piercy finished at 22-under 266. They held off Jason Dufner and Pat Perez by one shot when Dufner missed a 14-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

LPGA: Lydia Ko hit a 3-wood to 3 feet for eagle to finish off Minjee Lee on the first hole of a playoff in the chilly LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in Daly City, California.

Ko closed with a 1-under 71 to match Lee at 12-under 276. Lee shot a 68.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alexander Bjork of Sweden closed with a 7-under 65 to claim a one-stroke victory in the China Open for his first European Tour title.

Bjork, who trailed by one stroke going into the final round, finished at 18-under 270, then he had to wait to see if it would be enough. Adrian Otaegui of Spain and Matt Wallace of England, who shared the 54-hole lead, each needed eagle on the par-5 18th to force a playoff.

Otaegui made birdie for a 67 and was runner-up. Wallace (68) made par and shared third with Jordan Smith (64) and Jorge Campillo (68).


FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and took over the championship lead.

Hamilton moved into the lead when his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was knocked out of the race by a right-rear tire puncture.

Kimi Raikkonen finished second after dropping to 14th following an early collision. Sergio Perez held off Sebastian Vettel for third.


SPANISH LEAGUE: Barcelona won the league title for the third time in four seasons, as Lionel Messi scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna that gave the team an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.

GERMANY: Lars Stindl has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a left ankle injury sustained Saturday in a Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Schalke.

SCOTLAND: Celtic clinched a seventh straight Scottish league title by thrashing fierce Glasgow rival Rangers, 5-0.


U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Niklas Nordgren’s shorthanded goal with 9:19 remaining gave Finland a 3-2 win over the United States in the championship game at Chelyabinsk, Russia.

– Staff and news services

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