Compiled from wire reports

TENNIS

Nadal and Ferrer ?to face off again

•?Six-time champion Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 Saturday to ease into the Barcelona Open final, where he will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer for a fourth time.

Nadal dominated the match from the start, winning 21-of-27 points to break Verdasco’s first three service games and set him on his way to his 33rd consecutive win at the competition.

In the other semifinal, Ferrer held off Milos Raonic’s powerful serve for a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) victory to give him a shot at his fourth title of the year.

Nadal improved to 13-0 all time against Verdasco and predicted a close final.

Raonic hit 15 aces against Ferrer, displaying the same massive serve that led to his upset of Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

But the third-seeded Ferrer worked his Canadian opponent around the red-clay court with well-placed ground strokes and proved the better finisher in the two tiebreakers.

•?Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka will face No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Azarenka cruised past Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-3 in the first semifinal Saturday, and Sharapova outlasted No. 3 Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Azarenka is seeking a tour-high fifth tournament title of the year. She dominated the match against the fourth-ranked Radwanska, whose four losses of the year have come against Azarenka.

•?Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Matthias Bachinger of Germany 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the final of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. The Frenchman, who won the tournament in 2007 and ’08, clinched his fourth ATP World Tour semifinal victory this season. He’ll play Fabio Fognini, who defeated Attila Balazs 6-3, 6-1.

•?Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens won her first WTA title when she beat Spaniard Laura Pous-Tio 7-5, 6-0 in the Grand Prix SAR final in Fez, Morocco. Both played in their first tour final. The 149th-ranked Bertens came through two qualifying rounds to make the main draw, and she had previously never been beyond the first round at a WTA event.

OTHER

Sheryl Crow runs first half-marathon

• Singer Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners in her first half-marathon, and she finished with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds at the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, Tenn. Crow was running to raise money for New Hope Academy, and she says she got plenty of support from people cheering the runners all along the course.

• Bo Jackson’s 300-mile bike ride across Alabama ended in Tuscaloosa, with the Heisman Trophy winner having raised more than $413,000 so far to help victims of last spring’s tornado outbreaks. The ride — dubbed “Bo Bikes Bama” — passed through some of the communities hit hardest by more than 60 twisters that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed about 250 people on April 27, 2011. Hundreds joined Jackson for the ride, including celebrities such as Lance Armstrong, former major-leaguer Ken Griffey Jr. and NBA star Scottie Pippen. Riders could join Jackson for $200 a day. Each of the five bikes he rode will be auctioned.

• Team USA used a Penn Relays romp as a hopeful sneak preview for London. Allyson Felix ran on two relay teams that set Penn Relays records on Saturday, and the United States was flawless in all six relays in the “U.S.A. vs. the World” races at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. USA Track and Field set the lofty goal of 30 medals in the Olympics. Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross, Walter Dix, Justin Gatlin, and Lashawn Merritt showed they’re coming to get their share. The women won the sprint medley relay, the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay. The men won the 400-meter relay, the distance medley relay and the 1,600-meter relay in the 118th running of the famed track and field meet.

— From wire reports