The King of Clay ruled in this oddest of matches between the best players in tennis.

Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Roger Federer, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10), in an exhibition yesterday in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands off Spain.

The match on a half-grass, half-clay court was decided when the top-ranked Swiss failed to reach a forehand that took a funny bounce across the green side.

Nadal had gone into the match with a record 72 consecutive wins on clay. Federer has not lost on grass in four years, a 48-match run that includes four straight Wimbledon titles.

Venus Williams beat Michaella Krajicek, 6-4, 6-3, in a first-round match of the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland, and Mara Santangelo upset fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova, 6-3, 6-3, in a second-round match.

Elsewhere: Australian Open champion Serena Williams pulled out of next week's German Open because of a groin injury. She has played just four tournaments this year.

Auto racing

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner

Al Unser Jr.

will drive for Foyt Racing and carry the No. 50 on his car in recognition of owner

A.J. Foyt's

50 years at the storied race.

Unser will be seeking his 19th start at Indianapolis. He was 24th last year.

NASCAR fined Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray $25,000 each for making contact during a caution at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Both drivers were placed on probation until Oct. 3.


The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound of Canada, reiterated his full confidence in the French laboratory that tested Floyd Landis' samples from the Tour de France.

The American rider and his defense team repeatedly have attacked the the lab's credibility, contending it has committed numerous mistakes.

Elsewhere: Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso testified before the Italian Olympic Committee's doping commission in Rome, and a decision on possible DNA testing was put off until another hearing.


Muffet McGraw

, who guided the Notre Dame women's basketball team to its 12th straight NCAA tournament this year, was given a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season.

McGraw is a graduate of St. Joseph's University and a former coach at Archbishop Carroll High School.

Elsewhere: John Sacchi announced his retirement after 40 seasons as a head wrestling coach, the last 17 at Rutgers. . . . Guard Silvia Jankova of Slovakia has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Drexel. . . . Jim Wooldridge, the Kansas State men's basketball coach for six seasons, was named head coach at UC Riverside.


With a 3-0 rout of visiting Manchester United, AC Milan earned a 5-3 aggregate victory and moved into the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Liverpool, a five-time European champion, beat Chelsea, 4-1, on penalty shots Tuesday.

Rick Nash scored the goal that gave Canada a 5-4 victory over Slovakia and the Group C preliminary-round title in the hockey world championships in Mytischi, Russia.

Slovakia plays the United States today.

BMW Oracle Racing and Luna Rossa each won two races to stay tied for the lead in Louis Vuitton Cup racing with 27 points apiece in sailing off Valencia, Spain.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will decide which of the 11 challengers will sail against America's Cup champion Alinghi in the finals from June 23 to July 4.

Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison has withdrawn his request for a boxing license in Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said.

Spokesman Patrick Shaughnessy told KRIV-TV in Houston that the agency did not know why Morrison no longer wanted a Texas license.