Djokovic in Madrid final; Bertens wins women’s title
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.
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.
● 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.
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.
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.
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.