Rafael Nadal

won his third straight Open Seat Godo championship in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday, defeating

Guillermo Canas

of Argentina, 6-3, 6-4, for his 72d consecutive tennis set victory on clay.

Nadal hasn't dropped a set on clay since top-ranked Roger Federer won the first set of their French Open final last year. The top-seeded Spaniard credited a more aggressive style for his recent success.

Four players - Nadal, Mats Wilander, Roy Emerson and Manuel Orantes - have won three times at Barcelona.

Sam Querrey of the United States won his first ATP-level match on clay when he beat Luis Horna of Peru, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in the first round of the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal.

Paul-Henri Mathieu of France beat Albert Montanes of Spain, 6-1, 6-1, to win the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco, and end a five-year wait for his third career title.

Gisela Dulko of Argentina won her first WTA Tour title, rallying to beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix in Hungary.


Syracuse (5-7) has been eliminated from participating in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament for the first time since 1982 - a span of 24 tournaments.

Teams with losing records cannot qualify. Massachusetts' 9-7 win at Syracuse on Saturday clinched the Orange's first below-.500 season record since 1975.

Two years ago, a Massachusetts victory over Syracuse in the NCAA tournament stopped the Orange's Final Four appearance streak at 22.

Duke seniors Matt Danowski and Zack Greer each scored three goals as the Blue Devils beat Virginia, 12-9, to win the Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse title in Durham, N.C. Danowski was the tournament MVP.

It's the latest on-field highlight for Duke on the road back from a rape scandal that led to charges against three former players - who were ultimately exonerated - and the cancellation of much of last season.

Larry Sullivan, Villanova's men's soccer coach, announced his resignation Friday, effective at the conclusion of the 2007 fall season.


BMW Oracle Racing beat United Internet Team Germany by more than 3 minutes to open the second stage of Louis Vuitton Cup racing.

The competition off Valencia, Spain, will select a challenger to defending champion Alinghi in the America's Cup this summer.

The Americans, who won eight of their nine races in the first round of the challengers' series, defeated the Germans by 3 minutes, 17 seconds on the "Romeo" course and now lead the standings with 23 points. Luna Rossa of Italy, which beat last-place China Team by 2:57 yesterday, is second with 21 points. Emirates Team New Zealand is third with 18 points.

The top four finishers after the second stage will advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals May 14-24.


Lee Stempniak

scored twice to lead the United States to a 5-1 victory over Belarus in Mytischi, Russia, that put it in the second round of the hockey world championships along with the Czech Republic, Finland and Russia.

The Czechs got a 6-1 victory over Austria, Finland got a 6-2 win over Denmark, and Russia Beat Ukraine, 8-1.

The Americans and Czechs are 2-0 in Group B, and Finland and Russia are 2-0 in Group D.

Canada's Shea Weber, a Nashville Predator defenseman, was suspended for three remaining prelimary matches at the Hockey World Championships for hitting German forward Yannic Seidenberg in the head Saturday.


Taylor Twellman

's goal in the 13th minute gave the New England Revolution a 1-0 win over host FC Dallas in one of two MLS games.

The Chicago Fire also won, 1-0, against host Houston Dynamo when Chris Rolfe scored in the 60th minute. Fire goalie Matt Pickens made three saves in shutout No. 2 of the season.