Nadal starts off new year by beating Federer
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.
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.
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.
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.