NDIAN WELLS, California - Rafael Nadal defeated Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win his third Indian Wells ATP Masters title. Nadal cemented his return from a seven-month injury layoff with his first hardcourt title since 2010. He came back in February to post a runner-up finish in Vina del Mar, followed by victories at Sao Paulo and Acapulco.
PALM HARBOR, Florida - Australian golfer Greg Chalmers has posted his second top-10 of the season but missed a big opportunity to land a long-awaited maiden US PGA Tour win. Kevin Streelman carded a final-round four-under 67 to finish at 10-under and break through for a two-stroke maiden victory from fast-finishing fellow American Boo Weekley (63) while countryman Cameron Tringale (66) was third at seven-under. Chalmers closed with an even-par 70 to be a further shot back, tied fourth with world No.3 Luke Donald (69) and Justin Leonard (71).
PHOENIX, Arizona - Stacy Lewis has claimed the world No.1 women's golf ranking by firing a final-round eight-under-par 64 to beat Japan's Ai Miyazato by three strokes on Sunday at the LPGA Founders Cup. The 28-year-old American knocked 2012 Founders Cup champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan from atop the rankings after a stay of 109 weeks with the victory and Tseng finishing in a share of 59th place, 19 strokes off the pace. Lewis became only the second American woman golfer to claim the top spot, after Cristie Kerr in 2010, by making birdies on three of the last four holes.
MILAN - Juventus remained on course to defend their Serie A title with a 2-0 away win over Bologna as challengers Napoli stayed nine points behind with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Elsewhere, Francesco Totti scored Roma's second goal, his 226th in Serie A, to help his side to a 2-0 home win over Parma and a jump up two places to sixth and ahead of depleted city rivals Lazio. Totti's goal means he is alone in second place in the all-time list of scorers in Serie A.
MADRID - Atletico Madrid kept third place in the Spanish Liga Sunday with a 2-0 win at Osasuna, courtesy of a brace from Brazilian striker Diego Costa. Costa, 24, has become a firm favourite of Atletico fans thanks to his fighting spirit, commitment and crucial goals.
He has not been capped by Brazil, and in February he hinted that he would be very receptive if asked to play for Spain.
MIAMI - The Miami Masters was facing a pullout crisis on Sunday after Rafael Nadal withdrew, following the decision weeks ago by Roger Federer, who will also miss the hardcourt event. Also out: American Mardy Fish, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and Marcos Baghdatis, according to the official entry list. Federer announced that he would not be playing in Miami months ago, instead taking a long training block at home in Switzerland. Federer is due to return to defend his clay title in Madrid in the first week of May.