Djokovic in Madrid fi­nal; Bertens wins women’s ti­tle

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No­vak Djokovic got the win he needed to boost his con­fi­dence on clay. He de­feated an in-form Do­minic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) Satur­day to reach the Madrid Open fi­nal for the third time, while Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid cham­pion Si­mona Halep 6-4, 6-4 to take the women’s ti­tle.

In Sun­day’s fi­nal, Djokovic will face Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas, who de­feated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Halep, the win­ner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 rank­ing from Naomi Osaka.

Roger Fed­erer added

● the Ital­ian Open to his sched­ule. A day af­ter his three-set loss to Thiem in the Madrid Open quar­ter­fi­nals, Fed­erer an­nounced his plans in an In­sta­gram video.

Col­leges

Tomey, win­ningest Ari­zona coach, dies: Dick Tomey, the win­ningest foot­ball coach in Univer­sity of Ari­zona his­tory, died at

80. He died sur­rounded by fam­ily Fri­day night in Tuc­son, his fam­ily and the univer­sity said. He was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer in De­cem­ber. Tomey spent 14 years at Ari­zona, go­ing 95-64 while tak­ing the Wild­cats to seven bowl games, in­clud­ing the Fiesta Bowl in 1993.

For­mer Ten­nessee

● guard Ev­ina West­brook has joined the UConn women’s bas­ket­ball team. UConn said the 6-footer will have two years of el­i­gi­bil­ity left. West­brook led the Lady Vols with 14.9 points and 5.3 as­sists a game last sea­son while shoot­ing 42%. She started all 64 games in which she played for the Lady Vols.

Hockey

Ger­many beats Bri­tain: Ger­many star for­ward Leon Drai­saitl scored a goal on the way to a 3-1 vic­tory over Bri­tain in a re­turn for the Bri­tish team to the world hockey cham­pi­onship af­ter 25 years. It took the Ger­mans al­most 40 min­utes to beat goal­tender Ben Bowns. Moritz Sei­der scored the open­ing goal with 39 sec­onds re­main­ing in the mid­dle pe­riod in the Group A game in Kosice.

Soc­cer

Cincy ends drought:

Al­lan Cruz and Fatai Alashe scored to help ex­pan­sion FC Cincin­nati end a five-game los­ing streak in in­terim coach Yoann Damet’s de­but, a 2-1 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Mon­treal Im­pact.

Sean Nealis and Brian ●

White scored in the sec­ond half to help the vis­it­ing New York Red Bulls pull away from FC Dal­las for a 3-1 win.

Cycling

Big names head­line Tour of Cal­i­for­nia: The Tour of Cal­i­for­nia was once a quaint up­start race that took place in Fe­bru­ary, so early on the world­wide cycling cal­en­dar that no­body re­ally paid it much at­ten­tion. That has changed dra­mat­i­cally in the past 14 years.

Now, the race has carved out a cru­cial week in mid-May op­po­site the open­ing week of the Giro d’ Italia, the first of the three Grand Tours. And that means it has be­come a key prep race for rid­ers who have de­signs on rac­ing in the Tour de France when July rolls around. They in­clude Richie Porte, who is mak­ing his Tour of Cal­i­for­nia de­but on Sun­day as he be­gins the ramp up to the Tour de France, where he is ex­pected to be one of the over­all fa­vorites.

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