Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal Defeats Djokovic for Rome Title Russia's Sharapova Takes Trophy in Women's Match

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal Defeats Djokovic for Rome Title Russia's Sharapova Takes Trophy in Women's Match

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ROME -- Rafael Nadal beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3 today to win his record sixth Italian Open title.

Djokovic had 41 unforced errors, including a double-fault on the last point to give Nadal his 49th career title and his 35th on clay.

Nadal won the Italian Open for the third time in four years, his streak interrupted last year by Djokovic. Nadal moved back to No. 2 in the rankings, ahead of Roger Federer.

Nadal struggled with his serve early in the match, but an overturned call in the 10th game seemed to swing momentum.

MORE TENNIS: SODERLING HAS MONO

STOCKHOLM -- Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling says he will miss the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics as he recovers from mononucleosis.

The 27-year-old Swede hasn't played a tournament since winning in Bastad, Sweden, last July. He withdrew from the U.S. Open just before the first round.

Soderling said today he doesn't know precisely when he'll be back. He wants to fully regain his strength because he encountered setbacks when he resumed training too soon.

NCAA FOOTBALL: PENN STATE GETS SCHEDULES FOR '15, '16

The Big Ten announced future conference games today, and Michigan, Northwestern and Minnesota are rotating off Penn State's schedule in 2015 and '16.

The Nittany Lions do not play Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State this season. In 2013 and '14, Michigan State, Iowa and Northwestern are not on Penn State's schedule.

Each Big Ten team plays eight conference games a season, four home and four away.

MLB: CLEMENS' COACH TESTIFIES

WASHINGTON -- The key witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial testified today about three other baseball players who he said took human growth hormone.

Brian McNamee, Clemens' longtime strength and conditioning coach, told jurors that he provided HGH to current Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte and former Yankee infielder Chuck Knoblauch. …

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