Nadal vs. Almagro at Barcelona Open
• Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-0 Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.
He will play for the title today against Nicolas Almagro in a match between Spaniards. Almagro defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-1.
“Almagro will be a tough rival,” Nadal said. “He will come out aggressive as always. My goal is not to find myself in defensive positions all the time, and even though it will be tough, try to move him around.”
Nadal’s match was delayed because of rain. He overcame an early break and dominated the rest of the way, with Raonic’s big serve doing little damage.
Nadal has won 38 straight matches on the Real Club de Tenis’s outdoor red clay. His last loss in Barcelona was 10 years ago.
• Defending champ Maria Sharapova will face Li Na in the Porsche Grand Prix final today in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sharapova rallied in the third set to beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 before second-seeded Li followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
Li has never beaten Sharapova in five previous matches.
• Francesca Schiavone will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino today in the final of the Grand Prix SAR in Marrakech, Morroco.
Schiavone beat Chanelle Scheepers 7-6 (4), 6-1, and Dominguez Lino rallied past Mandy Minella 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. Schiavone leads Dominguez Lino 3-1 in career meetings.
• Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic ousted three-time champion Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3 to reach his first career final at the BRD Tiriac Nastase in Bucharest, Romania.
Rosol will face fellow unseeded player Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat 2011 winner Florian Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
LSU running back arrested in brawl
• LSU running back Jeremy Hill, already serving two years’ probation in connection with a 2011 arrest, was arrested again early Saturday after allegedly punching a man in the side of the head outside a Baton Rouge bar.
Hill, who pleaded guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile, is charged with simple battery, also a misdemeanor.
Hill, 20, was LSU’s leading rusher with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, his freshman season. His college career was delayed a year after he was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and enrolled at LSU, where he emerged as running back after starter Alfred Blue was injured.
Goaltender extends deal with Capitals
• The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5 million contract extension.
Neuvirth, 25, will make $2.4 million next season and $2.6 million in 2014-15 in the deal.
The goalie ranks third in career wins in franchise history with 55, but he’s become the backup this season behind Braden Holtby.
Even so, Neuvirth will make more than Holtby the next two years. Holtby, 23, signed a two-year deal with $3.7 million in February.
• Undefeated American heavyweight Deontay Wilder stopped former Olympic champion Audley Harrison in the first round in a match in Sheffield, England.
Harrison fell in a neutral corner from the first meaningful punch of the bout, and Wilder kept flailing at him before referee Terry O’Connor stepped in and called it off after one minute, 10 seconds.
Wilder, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, improved to 28-0, all by knockout.
• The United States set an American record in winning the women’s 3,200 relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Led by a strong anchor leg from Alysia Montano, who ran the final 800 meters in 1:58.6, the U.S. finished with a time of 8:04.31, eclipsing the previous record of 8:17.91. Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez and Ajee’ Wilson ran the first three legs.
• Briton Chris Froome extended his Tour de Romandie lead, powering up a rain-hit final climb in the main mountain stage to finish on the wheel of winner Simon Spilak in Switzerland.
The Slovak covered the snow-shortened 115-mile route to Les Diablerets ski station in five hours, 10 minutes. Froome clocked the same time in the next-to-last stage.
Rui Costa of Portugal led the chasing group, finishing 1:03 behind.
The final stage today is an 11-mile time trial in Geneva.
— From wire reports