Roger Federer continues his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this tennis season to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard, 6-4, 6-3, to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The second-seeded Federer took advantage of three of seven break-point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal’s 16-match win streak. The 19-time grand slam winner still trails Nadal, 23-15, in their overall head-to-head record. Federer, who has won their last five encounters dating to the 2015 Basel final, also beat Nadal this year in the Australian Open final, a round-of-16 match at Indian Wells, and the Miami final. The Shanghai Masters is Federer’s 94th career title, moving him into a tie with Ivan Lendl in second place on the Open era list.
Sharapova nets win in China
Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from her 15-month doping ban in April, defeating teenager Aryna Sabalenka, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), to win the Tianjin Open in China. Sabalenka led 4-1 in the opening set and 5-1 in the second before relenting to greater big-match experience of the former World No. 1, who’s last title came at the Italian Open in May 2015. It was Sharapova’s 36th WTA singles title . . . Second-seeded Barbora Strycova ended a six-year wait for her second WTA singles title by defeating top seed Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-4, 6-1 at the Ladies Linz indoor event in Austria . . . Sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her third WTA singles title of the year with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory over seventh seed Daria Gavrilova in the Hong Kong Open.
Perez pulls away in Malaysia
Pat Perez earned a spot in next Masters with a four-shot win over Hopkinton’s Keegan Bradley in PGA Tour's CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Three birdies in the first four holes gave Perez a 3-under-par 69 to finish 24-under 264. Bradley shot 5-under 67 to finish 20-under 268 . . . South Korean Jin Young Ko had a sluggish start on home soil but won her first Tour title at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Incheon. After bogeying two of the first three holes, six birdies gave Ko a 4-under 68 for a 19-under 269 total. Sung Hyun Park (68) was two shots back . . . Colin Montgomerie beat Vijah Singh and Doug Garwood by three strokes at the PGA Tour Champions SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. An 8-under 64 left Montgomerie at 16-under 200 in the tour’s regular-season finale . . . Tyrrell Hatton’s 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole gave him the Italian Open title in Monza. He birdied five of the last seven holes for a 6-under 65 to end 21-under 263. Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat tied for second, one stroke back.
Sounders earn playoff berth
Will Bruin scored twice in four minutes midway through the second half and the host Seattle Sounders clinched a playoff berth and a chance to defend their MLS Cup by beating FC Dallas, 4-0. The Sounders are tied for second place in the Western Conference with Portland at 50 points apiece with one game left, 2 points behind West-leading Vancouver. Dallas has not clinched a playoff spot and is tied with San Jose for the final position at 43 points . . . Andrew Dykstra recorded his first shutout since 2014 and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff spot with a 0-0 home tie against the Houston Dynamo. Houston secured a berth via losses by Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas . . . Nemanja Nikolic had a hat trick to increase his MLS-leading goal total to 24, and the host Chicago Fire rallied past the Philadelphia Union, 3-2, to move into third in the Eastern Conference, which would be good for a home playoff game . . . Yordy Reyna scored and the Vancouver Whitecaps were 16 minutes from clinching the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, but Valeri Qazaishvili scored in the 77th minute to salvage a 1-1 tie for the visiting San Jose Earthquakes . . . Joshua Gatt struck three minutes into the game and the host Colorado Rapids took a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, which has 42 points, 1 behind San Jose and Dallas for the final playoff spot with one game to go . . . Jozy Altidore scored in the 16th minute to give host Toronto FC a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, giving the club 68 points on the year, tied the best single-season total in MLS histoy with the 1998 LA Galaxy . . . Brad Guzan picked up his eighth shutout for visiting Atlanta United in its 0-0 tie with the New York Red Bulls. Luis Robles had three saves for the hosts. Atlanta could have moved into a tie for second in the Eastern Conference with a chance to earn a first-round playoff bye . . . Ola Kamara scored his 17th goal of the season and the Columbus Crew beat host Orlando City, 1-0. Columbus sits in fifth in the Eastern Conference, 3 points back of second-place New York City FC . . . Sebastian Blanco scored two second-half goals to lead the Portland Timbers over D.C. United, 4-0, in Washington. The win moves Portland into a second-place tie in the Western Conference with 50 points, two behind Vancouver, with the Timbers hosting the Whitecaps in the season finale next Sunday . . . Romain Alessandrini had two goals and an assist, Clement Diop made four saves, and the host Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Minnesota United, 3-0 . . . According to reports, veteran Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda, 38, died hours after suffering head and neck injuries in a collision during top-tier club Persela Lamongan’s league match against Semen Padang.
Fitzgerald lifts BC to OT win
Casey Fitzgerald scored his second goal of the game at 1:09 of overtime to lead No. 13 Boston College (1-1-1, 1-0-0 Hockey East) to a 4-3 win at No. 9 Providence (2-1-0, 0-1-0) in men’s hockey . . . Shae Labbe and Jessie Eldridge each notched 3 points to help No. 8 Colgate (4-0-0) to a 5-2 win over No. 6 Northeastern (2-3-1) in women’s hockey at Hamilton, N.Y. Veronika Pettey and McKenna Brand scored for the Huskies . . . A person with direct knowledge said the Montreal Canadiens put defenseman Mark Streit on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract . . . Nebraska named Washington State athletic director Bill Moos to the same post, signing him to a five-year contract . . . Former Chicago White Sox reliever Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident Saturday night in Humphreys County, Tenn. He was 28. Webb was 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 94 games for the White Sox from 2013-16 . . . The Detroit Pistons waived guard Beno Udrih and exercised their 2018-19 options on forwards Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson, first-round draft picks in 2015 and 2016 . . . Heather Bergsma edged Brittany Bowe in the 1,000 meters (1:13.91 to 1:13.94) and also won the mass start race on the final day of the US Long Track World Cup speedskating qualifying in Kearns, Utah. Joey Mantia won both races on the men’s side, finishing the 1,000 in 1:08.00 to nip Jonathan Garcia (1:08.27).