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Sports news briefs — March 28

Compiled from wire reports

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tennis

Djokovic, Nadal take easy routes to final

• Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open championship match without playing a point Friday.

Both advanced when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. They’ll play for the title Sunday in their 40th career meeting and their first of 2014.

Djokovic received walkover for the second time in the tournament when Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a left groin injury. Four hours later, Tomas Berdych withdrew before his match against Nadal because of gastroenteritis.

No. 1 Serena Williams will try for her seventh Key Biscayne title today when she plays No. 2 Li Na.

college sports

Gophers drop Borton after 12-year stint

• Minnesota fired women’s basketball coach Pam Borton a day after a loss to South Dakota State in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, ending the Golden Gophers’ fifth consecutive season without an NCAA Tournament appearance. Ten years ago, Borton guided the Gophers to their only Final Four. She led the school to NCAA Tournament appearances in six of her first seven seasons. Borton is the winningest coach in program history with a 236-152 record in 12 seasons at the school. The Gophers went 22-13 this season, their most victories since 2004-05.

• Georgia Tech running back Dennis Andrews and receiver Anthony Autry have been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the school’s conduct policy.

other SPORTS

Japanese teen wins men’s world title

• Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu came back with a brilliant free skate to become the first man in 12 years to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year. The 19-year-old trailed compatriot Tatsuki Machida by nearly seven points after the world championships short program in Saitama, Japan, but produced a near-flawless free skate to finish with 282.59 points, to edge Machida. In ice dance, European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte received 69.70 points to finish first in the short program.

• Red Bull experienced more issues with the contentious fuel-flow sensors during practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, raising the prospect of another showdown with Formula One officials similar to the one that resulted in the team’s disqualification in Australia. Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from the results in Melbourne after finishing second, because race stewards said Red Bull exceeded the new fuel flow limit.

• Jay Paterno, the son of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, dropped out of the race for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor.

• Guus Hiddink will replace Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands national men’s soccer team after the World Cup.

• New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is out indefinitely because of a left hand injury that requires surgery.

• Slovenian cyclist Luka Mezgec earned his third stage win of this Volta a Catalunya, edging the pack in the final sprint.

— From wire reports


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