Wawrinka claims title in French Open tuneup
Stan Wawrinka warmed up for the French Open by retaining his home Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating Mischa Zverev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The top-seeded Wawrinka clinched by breaking serve with a forehand cross-court pass to beat Zverev’s advance to the net.
Wawrinka’s first title this year is the 16th of his career and seventh on clay, including the 2015 French Open. He is the No. 3 seed at Roland Garros . . . .
Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France won his first title on clay when he defeated Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, in the Lyon Open final in Lyon, France . . . .
Sam Stosur rallied past fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Strasbourg International in Strasbourg, France.
Gavrilova, who was chasing her first WTA title, would have dethroned Stosur as the No. 1 Australian player with a win.
Charles McClain scored on a two-yard touchdown pass from Sean Brackett in the final minute, but a botched snap led a to a missed extra point attempt and the Washington Valor lost, 48-47, to the Philadelphia Soul at Verizon Center.
Brackett completed 26 of 44 passes for 231 yards and five touchdowns, but the Valor (1-5) came up just short against the first-place Soul (7-0).
Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 24 points, including a critical free throw with 12 seconds to play, and the host Atlanta Dream handed the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks their secondstraight loss, 75-73.
After Hayes made 1 of 2 from the line, Atlanta (3-1) led 75-71.
Chelsea Gray was fouled on a three-point attempt with 6.8 seconds remaining and after making her first two attempts, missed the third on purpose. However, Hayes grabbed the rebound and released the ball downcourt as time ran out.
Gray led Los Angeles (2-2) with a career-high 25 points.
Maryland scored four runs against struggling Northwestern pitchers to break open a tie game in the seventh inning and stayed alive in the Big Ten baseball tournament with a 9-5 victory in Bloomington, Ind.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (37-20) and No. 7 Wildcats (2629) are set to meet again Sunday morning, with the winner advancing to Sunday afternoon’s championship game against Iowa . . . .
Oklahoma, Florida and Oregon earned berths in the Women’s College World Series with wins in NCAA tournament Super Regional softball games.
The Sooners beat Auburn, 5-2, in Auburn, Ala., the top-ranked Gators beat Alabama, 2-1, in Gainesville, Fla., and the Ducks beat Kentucky, 6-5, in Eugene, Ore.
Washington also had a chance to advance with a win against Utah later Saturday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time.
Farah won the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., in 13:00.70.
The British distance specialist, who won Olympic gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Rio Games last year, plans to retire from track races after the World Championships in London this August. He has said that after that he’ll likely focus on the marathon.