Nadal, Djokovic advance in Florida
• Rafael Nadal swept five consecutive games midway through the match and beat No. 16-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 in the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. The victory was by far Nadal’s most taxing of the tournament, and he took a medical timeout late in the opening set for treatment of his troublesome left knee. Nadal, a three-time runner-up at Key Biscayne, lost the final last year to Novak Djokovic, and they could meet again Sunday. Djokovic advanced by beating No. 17-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3.
• Mardy Fish and John Isner were chosen to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the quarterfinals against host France on April 6-8. The team also includes top-ranked doubles partners Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Free-agent guard signs with Spurs
• Australian point guard Patrick Mills signed with the San Antonio Spurs after last playing in China during the NBA lockout. Mills had been in talks with the Spurs but needed to resolve work visa issues. He averaged 5.1 points and around 11 minutes a game in two seasons with Portland.
•The Toronto Raptors signed guard Ben Uzoh to a 10-day contract.
Georgetown forward to enter NBA Draft
• Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson plans to skip his senior year, hire an agent and enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
• Sophomore Alex Dragicevich is transferring from Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7 guard averaged 6.6 points in 34 games this season.
• The University of Memphis extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner by one year through the 2017 season. Pastner’s team went 26-9 this season.
• Natasha Adair is the new women’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston. Adair spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant at Wake Forest.
• Steve Whiteman, the former chairman and CEO of Viasoft, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Fiesta Bowl, replacing Duane Woods.
Penguins defender has knee surgery
• Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Lovejoy injured the knee Sunday.
• Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will miss at least one game with a chipped fracture in his right foot. He was injured in warm-ups Monday.
• Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.
Brewers, Lucroy set on 5-year contract
• The Milwaukee Brewers signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a five-year contract with a club option for 2017. The 25-year-old Lucroy batted .265 with 12 home runs in 136 games last year.
• Paul Hamm, the only U.S. man to win a world or Olympic all-around title, is retiring because his body can no longer handle the demands of training and competition.
• The Portland Timbers will host Aston Villa of the English Premier League in a friendly July 24.
— From wire reports