Nadal wins first title since mending knee
• Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. Nadal thrust his arms into the air and pumped his fist after a long ball by Nalbandian made him the champion of the indoor clay-court tournament for the second time. The Spaniard also won the event in 2005.
• Milos Raonic won his third consecutive SAP Open, beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 for the title in the final year of the Bay Area tournament in San Jose, Calif. Raonic has never lost in 12 matches in this event and became the first player in the Open era that began in 1968 to win this tournament three straight times and first overall since Tony Trabert did it from 1953-55.
• Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Benneteau managed what no other player at the tournament achieved — breaking del Potro’s serve twice in the first set — but struggled to hold his own serve against the big-hitting Argentine and crumbled in the second set.
Hirscher secures men’s slalom gold
• Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the men’s slalom title on the last day of the skiing world championships in Austria for his first individual gold medal at a major event. Cheered loudly by a home crowd of 35,000, the Austrian overcame the pressure of expectation to earn the host nation its second gold of the worlds, after the mixed team event. Hirscher held onto his first-run lead to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 51.03 seconds. Felix Neureuther of Germany was 0.41 seconds back in second.
• The U.S. will host the next skiing world championships in Colorado in 2015. Organizers finished cutting trees for two new women’s courses in Beaver Creek over the summer alongside the existing men’s Birds of Prey track. All medal events for the Feb. 2-15, 2015, championships will be in Beaver Creek, while Vail — which is about 10 miles away — will host the team event and qualifying races.
• Japanese teenager Sara Takanashi earned her second victory in two days at a women’s ski jump World Cup meet in Ljubno, Slovenia, dominating a normal hill event. Takanashi, 16, had the longest jumps in both rounds, clearing 97 and 100 yards to win with 266.9 points. Coline Mattel of France was a distant second with 243.3 points, ahead of American Sarah Hendrickson at 241.8.
• Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer became the first man to win six allround world championships. Kramer secured his sixth victory by taking the final 10,000-meter race in Hamar, Norway, clocking 13 minutes, 1.86 seconds to beat Belgium’s Bart Swings and Havard Bokko of Norway.
• Alexandr Zubkov of Russia retained the four-man bobsled overall title, while Oskars Melbardis claimed his first World Cup victory by driving Latvia to the win in the final race of the season in Sochi, Russia. Melbardis, Daumants Drieskens, Arvis Vikaste and Arvis Dambis had a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.29 seconds to edge Thomas Florschuetz’s German team by 0.02 seconds.
• Alessandro Haemmerle and Michela Moioli won snowboard cross World Cup events for their first major victories. Haemmerle led the final heat from the start. He was followed by American Alex Deibolds and fellow Austrian Markus Schairer.
Donovan to rejoin Los Angeles Galaxy
• Landon Donovan plans to rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy during the final week of March after a break of almost four months. The 30-year-old midfielder and forward, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, had said last fall he was uncertain whether he wanted to continue playing.
• Ken Clark, one of the top all-time rushers at Nebraska who went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, has died. He was 46. His cousin, Stephanie Clark of Omaha, confirmed Clark’s death. She said he died of a heart attack in Minneapolis on Saturday. Clark was a two-time All-Big Eight running back for the Cornhuskers, rushing for more than 1,000 yards both his junior and senior seasons.
— From wire reports