Nadal starts off new year by beat­ing Fed­erer

The Washington Post Sunday - - D2 -

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Roger Fed­erer, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), to de­fend his ti­tle at the World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment Satur­day in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates.

Nadal came back from 3-0 in the first tiebreaker to win the set helped by sev­eral un­forced er­rors from the No. 2 Swiss, in­clud­ing a back­hand that went wide and then a fore­hand long that gave the Spa­niard the lead. ...

For­merNo. 1 Maria Shara­pova is by­pass­ing lu­cra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ments in Aus­tralia to play in next week’s ASB Clas­sic in New Zealand, de­ter­mined to lift her world rank­ing of 18. She will vie with com­pa­tri­ots Di­nara Sa­fina and Svet­lana Kuznetsova and de­fend­ing cham­pion Yan­ina Wick­mayer of Bel­gium in her firstWTA event in three months.

COL­LEGE­FOOT­BALL

Pitts­burgh fired new foot­ball coach Mike Hay­wood, a day af­ter he was ar­rested at his home on a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge.

Hay­wood was re­leased from St. Joseph County (Ind.) Jail on $1,000 cash bond, said an of­fi­cer at the jail who de­clined to give her name, af­ter the charge was up­graded from a mis­de­meanor to felony do­mes­tic bat­tery in the pres­ence of a mi­nor. Within hours of his re­lease, Pitts­burgh put out a state­ment from Chan­cel­lor Mark

A. Nor­den­berg say­ing Hay­wood had been dis­missed, “ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.” . . .

Florida has hired Char­lie Weis as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, ac­cord­ing to a per­son who spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the move would not be an­nounced un­til Mon­day. Weis, the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, will re­main with the team through the post­sea­son. . . .

Do­minique Corder, a ju­nior col­lege all-Amer­i­can quar­ter­back at Cen­tral Lakes Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Brainerd, Minn., was shot and killed in his home­town of In­di­anapo­lis. Po­lice say Corder, 20, wasshot in the­ab­dom­enabout 12:40 a.m. af­ter be­ing seen talk­ing to some­one in an SUV.

PROFOOT­BALL

The Buf­falo Bills have re­signed linebacker Shawne Mer­ri­man de­spite a nag­ging Achilles’ ten­don in­jury that pre­vented him from play­ing for the team in the fi­nal twom­onth­sof the sea­son. . . .

The Charg­ers placed linebacker Stephen Cooper and run­ning back Mike Tol­bert on in­jured re­serve, mean­ing they’ll miss the sea­son fi­nale Sun­day at Den­ver. Cooper has a knee in­jury and Tol­bert a neck in­jury. . . . NewYork Giants de­fen­sive end

Justin Tuck and his wife weren’t in­jured when their sport util­ity ve­hi­cle and an­other car col­lided in north­ern New Jersey on New Year’s Eve.

OBITUARY

Ed­ward P. Evans, one of thor­ough­bred rac­ing’s lead­ing own­ers and breed­ers, has died af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was 68. Evans op­er­ated Spring Hill Farm in Fauquier County and his horses won more than 100 stakes races dur­ing his 30-plus years as an owner.

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