Sports in Brief: Nadal in Madrid final
Matt Kenseth passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in the closing laps and won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Saturday night in Darlington, S.C. Busch dominated the race but faded in the twilight laps.
At the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury, brushing aside Pablo Andujar, 6-0, 6-4.
Nadal will play Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final. Wawrinka recovered late to defeat Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the other semifinal.
Also Sunday, top-ranked Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in the final with the No. 1 ranking on the line. Williams will have a chance to win her 50th title after downing Sara Errani, 7-5, 6-2. No. 2 Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-3.
NFL: George Sauer Jr., 69, who had a huge day in the biggest game in New York Jets history and then surprisingly walked away from football a few years later, died Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio, of Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Sauer played a key role in the Jets' 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl. He caught eight passes from Joe Namath that day in one of the greatest upsets in pro football history.
He played for the Jets in the AFL and then the NFL from 1965 to '70. He was chosen to four all-star teams. In 84 games, he caught 309 passes for 4,965 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with a staph infection. The Pittsburgh native was 85.
Mr. Butler had spent the last several months in a local hospital dealing with a staph infection that plagued him since his career ended in 1959, his family said.
He had an uncanny knack for getting to the ball, Mr. Butler intercepted 52 passes during his career and made the Pro Bowl four times.
SOCCER: Relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic got a last-minute goal from Ben Watson to win the FA Cup for the first time in its 81-year history, stunning Manchester City, 1-0, in the final at London's Wembley Stadium.
- Wire and staff reports