Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Errani Beats Partner in Dubai

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Errani Beats Partner in Dubai

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Sara Errani reached her second final of the season today, beating doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6- 3, 6-3 in the Dubai Championships semifinals.

"It's very tough because we know each other very well," Errani said of Vinci. "It's tough to play against one person and know what you're going to do in every shot."

The Italian will face either 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki.

"Both are very, very tough matches," Errani said.

Errani reached the final of the Open GDF Suez this month but lost to unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany.

LEWIS HOLDS LEAD IN THAILAND

CHONBURI, Thailand -- Stacey Lewis shot a 3-under 69 today to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand.

Lewis had five birdies and two bogeys for a 12-under 132 total at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, replicating her form from 2012 that made her the first American to win the LPGA Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994.

Thai teenager Ariya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 66 in windy and humid conditions to move into second place. Beatriz Recari (68), So Yeon Ryu (68) and Catriona Matthew (69) were tied for third at 8 under.

SPURS STAY HOT

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Parker scored 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs led all the way en route to its fifth straight victory and first over the Los Angeles Clippers this season. The final Thursday night was 116-90.

The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road, where they've also won five in a row.

Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season- best with 59-percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws. They had lost both previous meetings with the Clippers in November.

CULLEN LEADS WILD

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Thursday night. …

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