Nadal’s knee forces him out of Indian Wells
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.