Nadal’s knee forces him out of In­dian Wells

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Weather -

Rafael Nadal with­drew from the BNP Paribas Open on Satur­day in In­dian Wells, Calif., done in once again by a knee in­jury.

A somber Nadal an­nounced his with­drawal a cou­ple of hours be­fore he was sched­uled to take the court against long­time ri­val Roger Fed­erer in the semi­fi­nals.

Knee prob­lems have dogged the 32-year-old Spa­niard for years, and they cut short his 2018 sea­son af­ter the U.S. Open in Septem­ber.

Fed­erer will face Do­minic Thiem in the fi­nal. Thiem out­lasted Mi­los Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4.

Cana­dian teenager ● Bianca An­dreescu ral­lied past No. 6 Elina Svi­tolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and An­gelique Ker­ber de­feated Belinda Ben­cic 6-4, 6-2 in the women’s semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.


Manziel joins Al­liance league: Quar­ter­back Johnny Manziel has been signed by the new Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball and will join the Mem­phis Ex­press. The 2012 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner at Texas A&M had his con­tract with the CFL ter­mi­nated this off­sea­son.


World Cup draw: The United States’ quest for a third straight FIBA World Cup cham­pi­onship will be­gin with matchups against Turkey, the Czech Repub­lic and Ja­pan this sum­mer.

The Amer­i­cans are in Group E for the tour­na­ment that be­gins in China on Aug. 31.


MLS: Memo Ro­driguez scored twice, in­clud­ing the win­ner in the 73rd minute, and the Hous­ton Dy­namo re­mained un­beaten with a 3-2 home win over the Van­cou­ver White­caps.

Gas­ton Sauro scored ● in the 10th minute on a glanc­ing header of Pe­dro San­tos’ cor­ner kick and the Colum­bus Crew beat FC Dal­las 1-0 in Colum­bus, Ohio.

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