Steve Johnson wins U.S. Men’s Clay Court again
• Steve Johnson shrugged off numerous missed opportunities in Houston to beat first-time ATP Tour finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the U.S. Men’s Clay Court title in 16 years. The 28-year-old Johnson, from Palos Verdes, Calif., won only two of the 14 break points he had against Sandgren’s serve, but the second in the penultimate game of the nearly 2½-hour match put him in position to serve for the match, his third three-setter in a row. Johnson then fended off a break point himself and secured the title, only his third at the ATP level, when Sandgren lofted a backhand return a couple feet long.
• Pablo Andujar of Spain swept aside second-seeded Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2 to win the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco for the third time. Andujar saved two break points when serving for the match and then won on his second match point for his fourth ATP Tour title.
• Second-seeded Elise Mertens won the Samsung Open in Switzerland, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2 to take her third career WTA Tour title. The 20th-ranked Belgian clinched on her first match point when the 19-year-old Sabalenka from Belarus netted a two-handed, backhand approach shot.
• Karen Khachanov was clinical on his serve in a 7-5, 6-4 win against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Blue Jackets take 2-0 lead in first-round playoff series
• Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the host Washington Capitals 5-4 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Calvert’s goal held up after the NHL situation room reviewed the play for a possible offside. Calvert was just onside when Josh Anderson brought the puck into the zone. Columbus heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday two victories away from advancing to the second round for the first time in franchise history.
Neymar ‘recovering well,’ on course for World Cup
• Brazil soccer star Neymar said on Sunday he is “recovering well” from a foot injury and is on schedule to be ready for the World Cup. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had surgery in March on a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
• Keith Jackson was remembered as “the Walter Cronkite of sports broadcasting” and a loving husband, father and grandfather away from the broadcast booth in a memorial service at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Nearly 400 family and friends gathered Sunday on the field where Jackson, the folksy voice of college football for decades on ABC, called a record 15 New Year’s Day games — the last in 2006.
• University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to make a full recovery after having a minor stroke minutes before the unveiling of a statue honoring former Sooners football coach Bob Stoops on Saturday.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup April 15