Rafael Nadal

became the first player to win the Rome Masters three straight times by beating

Fernando Gonzalez

of Chile, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday.

The victory extended his winning streak on clay to 77 matches. By reaching the final, the Spaniard had already broken John McEnroe's record for most victories on one surface.

"I'm very happy with my game," Nadal said. "I'm in the best moment of my career. It's better than ever."

It was Nadal's fourth ATP title of the year. He also won in Indian Wells, Calif., Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and has 21-3 career record in finals.

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, hobbling on a taped right foot, won the German Open in Berlin by beating third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Akiko Morigami of Japan earned her first WTA title, defeating an ailing Marion Bartoli of France, 6-1, 6-3, in the Prague Open in the Czech Republic.

Hockey

Canada won its 24th world hockey championship, getting two goals from

Rick Nash

in a 4-2 victory over Finland in Moscow.

Eric Staal and Colby Armstrong also scored for the Canadians, who went undefeated in winning their first gold since 2004. Finland got goals from Petri Kontiola and Antii Miettinen.

Russia won the bronze medal by beating Sweden, 3-1.

Colleges

Chris Daniels

of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi removed his name from the NBA draft and plans to return to school. He was the Southland Conference player of the year, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Winthrop basketball player DeAndre Adams was in a coma in an Atlanta hospital after a car accident, coach Randy Peele said.

The 20-year-old backup guard was returning to his Austell, Ga., home when his car left the road, flipped and hit a tree about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Yale's women rowers captured the Charles Willing Jr. Team Trophy for overall performance at the Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River in Camden.

Yale also captured the varsity eight by four seconds over Brown to claim the Ivy League title.

UCLA won its third straight women's water polo championship and became the first school to reach 100 NCAA team titles. The Bruins (28-2) beat No. 1 Stanford, 5-4, in Los Alamitos, Calif., behind three goals by Courtney Mathewson.

Jillian Kraus added two goals and Emily Feher made nine saves for UCLA against the Cardinal (27-3).

Middlebury rallied from a 5-0 deficit to edge host College of New Jersey, 11-10, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament.

Claire Edelen scored the winning goal with 12 seconds remaining in the game.

Host McDaniel beat Cabrini, 19-14, in Westminster, Md., to win the ECAC South Regional Division III women's lacrosse tournament.

Cabrini freshman Erin Nollen had a team-high four goals.

Sailing

The race to sail against defending America's Cup champion

Alinghi

is one step closer.

The Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals start today off Valencia, Spain, with top-ranked challenger Emirates Team New Zealand sailing against Desafio Espanol in the best-of-nine races. American entry BMW Oracle Racing will Italian syndicate Luna Rossa. The America's Cup final is June 23-July 4.

Soccer

Nicolas Hernandez

scored early in the first half and the Colorado Rapids beat the shorthanded New York Red Bulls, 1-0, in a Major League Soccer contest in East Rutherford, N.J.

Bouna Coundoul made seven saves for Colorado, which won its first road game this season in handing the Red Bulls their first loss.