Rafael Nadal continued his sizzling summer with another title in Cincinnati. Serena Williams wilted. Nadal withstood John Isner’s serves and ground out a 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3) win over the top-ranked American in the final of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. The top-ranked Williams faded after the first set and lost to No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), ending her 14-match winning streak. Williams beat Azarenka in three sets to win the US Open last year. Nadal won the title in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hardcourt titles for the first time in his career. His strong showing this season — a 53-3 match record — makes him a favorite to win the US Open. Nadal’s five Masters titles this season are a career best. He’s now tied with Novak Djokovic for most Masters titles in a season since 1990 . . . Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki beat Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round of the New Haven Open. Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who has won four of the last five New Haven titles, plays Monday against Shuai Peng.
Sky rally from 25 down to defeat Sun
Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 21 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky rally from a 25-point deficit for an 89-78 victory over the visiting Connecticut Sun. The Sun scored the game’s first 15 points and were up, 43-18, with 1:58 left in the half. Epiphanny Prince added 21 points for Chicago. Tan White had 16 points for Connecticut . . . Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points and Angel McCoughtry added 22 as the host Atlanta Dream beat the Washington Mystics, 76-58. Ivory Latta had 12 points for Washington . . . Maya Moore scored 28 points, including six 3-pointers, as the host Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty, 88-57 . . . Lauren Jackson scored 21 points to lead host Australia to an 84-66 win over New Zealand in Canberra, securing a berth at next year’s world championships in Turkey. The Seattle Storm star is sitting out the WNBA season after undergoing surgery on her right hamstring in January.
Azadian lifts Westport to win at LLWS
Winning pitcher Harry Azadian had three hits and four RBIs as Westport, Conn., held off Sammamish, Wash., 9-7, to remain unbeaten at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Westport sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning, during which pitcher Jacob Dahlstrom was struck on his right knee with a line drive hit by Tatin Llamas and did not return. Westport scored seven runs after Dahlstrom’s departure. Charlie Roof, Max Popken, ChadKnight, and Azadian had run-scoring hits in the inning against three pitchers. Sammamish rallied after Azadian was pulled, scoring twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth. Westport reliever Alex Reiner stopped a sixth-inning rally with a strikeout to end the game. Westport next plays Wednesday against Chula Vista, Calif., which routed Newark, Del., 15-3. Grant Holman hit a grand slam and teammates Micah Pietila-Wiggs and Michael Gaines also homered for Chula Vista. In other LLWS games, Ramon Mendoza hit two of Tijuana, Mexico’s five homers in a 13-0 win over Aguadulce, Panama, and Tokyo, powered by a two-run homer by Takuma Gomi in the top of the sixth inning, beat Taoyuan, Taiwan, 3-2.
Northeastern great Connelly, 85, dies
John J. “Tinker” Connelly, a three-sport star at Northeastern and later the Huskies’ longtime baseball coach, died at his home in Needham. He was 85. Connelly won nine varsity letters in football, hockey, and baseball, earning All-New England honors in all three sports. He quarterbacked the Huskies to an undefeated season in 1951, and 15 years later coached the baseball team to the College World Series . . . Elaine Sortino, 63, softball coach at UMass the past 34 years, died after a two-year battle with cancer. Last October, the school renamed its softball complex in her honor. Sortino guided her UMass squads to 24 conference titles, 22 NCAA tournament appearances, and three Women’s College World Series berths . . . In MLS, ChrisWondolowski scored in the 55th minute to lead the host San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over Sporting KC . . . Rookie Marc Marquez passed two-time world champion JorgeLorenzo midway through the race and pulled away for a victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa, Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate, finished second. Marquez has won three straight, and his fourth win this season tied the series rookie record set by Kenny Roberts in 1978 . . . Sam Dorman won his third title of the week at the US national diving championships in Iowa City, teaming with Zac Nees in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event . . . Up With the Birds captured the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, running 1½ miles on the turf course in 2 minutes 28.69 seconds in the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. River Seven was second, followed by Pyrite Mountain . . . Ridden by Joe Bravo, favored Last Gunfighter wore down San Pablo in the stretch and won by a head in the Phillip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. . . . With Rosie Napravnik aboard, Caroline Thomas won the Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when first-place finisher Nellie Cashman was disqualified to third for interfering with Whatsdachances.