Nadal to face Thiem in Barcelona semis

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Rafael Nadal will meet Do­minic Thiem in the semi­fi­nals of the Barcelona Open af­ter the de­fend­ing cham­pion brushed off a chal­lenge from Ger­man Jan-Len­nard Struff to win 7-5, 7-5 on Fri­day. The top-seeded Nadal broke Struff’s serve in the fi­nal game of each set to stay on course for a recordex­tend­ing 12th ti­tle on the out­door clay courts at Barcelona. The third­seeded Thiem beat Guido Pella 7-5, 6-2.

Top-ranked Naomi Os­aka came from be­hind in the fi­nal set to beat Donna Ve­kic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) and reach the semi­fi­nals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Ger­many. Os­aka eas­ily won the first set be­fore Ve­kic looked to have seized con­trol of the match by win­ning the sec­ond and build­ing up a 5-1 lead in the third. But Os­aka, who twice was two points from de­feat, re­grouped to win five straight games and force the tiebreaker.

Col­lege Bas­ket­ball

Vols’ Barnes gets raise: Ten­nessee coach Rick Barnes will make $26 mil­lion over the next five sea­sons as part of a hefty raise he will re­ceive af­ter speak­ing with UCLA about its coach­ing va­cancy ear­lier this month. Contract de­tails ob­tained through a public records re­quest show that Barnes will earn $4.7 mil­lion in the 2019-20 sea­son and will get a $250,000 raise each of the next four sea­sons af­ter that.

Col­lege Foot­ball

Ex-Ten­nessee OT trans­fer­ring to South­ern Cal: For­mer Ten­nessee of­fen­sive tackle Drew Rich­mond in­di­cated he’s trans­fer­ring to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Rich­mond an­nounced on The Play­ers’ Tribune that he would be go­ing to South­ern Cal for his fi­nal sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Olympics

Ja­maica bob­sled pilot banned: The Ja­maica bob­sled team’s pilot was banned in a dop­ing case, but avoided dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from last year’s Win­ter Olympics. The In­ter­na­tional Bob­sleigh and Skele­ton Fed­er­a­tion said it agreed with Jazmine Fen­la­tor-Vic­to­rian to is­sue a one-year ban which was im­me­di­ately can­celed out by time she served on pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion be­fore the case was heard.

Kaza­khstan said six of its ath­letes have failed to re­turn their Olympic medals af­ter be­ing stripped of the hon­ors for dop­ing. The Kazakh Olympic Com­mit­tee said three weightlifters and two wrestlers are re­fus­ing to re­turn their medals and weightlifter Svet­lana Podobedova claims to have lost her gold medal. The KOC says “the search for the medal continues.”

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