- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

Rafael Nadal powered his way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andy Murray on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open, winning his second title in Indian Wells, Calif., in three years.

No. 1 Nadal’s low, hard groundstrokes gave him an edge in the gusty conditions over No. 4 Murray, whose game relies more on pace and a mix of shots.

Vera Zvonareva defeated defending champion Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (5), 6-2 to win the women’s title. Zvonareva a day earlier teamed with Victoria Azarenka to take the women’s doubles.

BASEBALL: Right-hander Gavin Floyd and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a four-year, $15.5 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2013. …

Further tests on Fernando Perez’s dislocated left wrist revealed additional ligament damage, and the Tampa Bay Rays outfielder will be sidelined four to five months. Perez underwent a procedure Saturday in Arizona to have pins inserted after ligament damage was discovered on the under part of the wrist, which he injured while making a diving attempt to catch a sinking line drive in a spring training game.

COLLEGES: Jessie Vetter stopped 37 shots for an NCAA record 13th shutout of the season - and her second in a national championship game - and Wisconsin won its third women’s hockey title in four years with a 5-0 victory over Mercyhurst in Boston.

GOLF: Retief Goosen won the Transitions Championship, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Innisbrook for a one-shot victory over Charles Howell III and Brett Quigley in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Goosen closed with a 1-under 70 for his first PGA Tour victory since August 2005.

The two-time U.S. Open champion made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 11th hole to take the lead, and the players chasing him couldn’t hold on at the tough Copperhead Course. …

Pat Hurst shot a 4-under 68 to beat top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Yani Tseng by one stroke at the Mastercard Classic in Huixquilucan, Mexico.

SOCCER: Steven Gerrard scored a hat trick to send Liverpool past Aston Villa 5-0 in London and put it within a point of first-place Manchester United in the Premier League. …

David Beckham was picked for England’s 24-man roster for an exhibition against Slovakia on Saturday and a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on April 1. The 33-year-old midfielder is tied with Bobby Moore at 108 international appearances, second on England’s career list behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125).

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