Sports Digest: VU women lose pair of weekend tennis matches

2013-03-17T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:34:15Z Sports Digest: VU women lose pair of weekend tennis matches nwitimes.com
March 17, 2013 9:15 pm

College tennis

VU WOMEN LOSE WEEKEND MATCHES IN ARIZONA: The Crusaders were shutout 7-0 against Portland State on Saturday and host Northern Arizona on Sunday in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Kristin Zakiewicz and Michele Fredlake lost 9-7 at No. 1 doubles on Saturday, while Kaitlyn Hamel and Megan Barthels fell 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.

Hamel came the closest to claiming a singles point, dropping her match to Marina Todd 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

All singles matches were determined in straight sets.

Only one Crusader won more than two games in a set in singles play Sunday against Northern Arizona. Zakiewicz paced Valpo with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat at No. 1 singles.

 

Pro tennis

NADAL, SHARAPOVAL WIN INDIAN WELLS TITLES: Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday, giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff.

Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 on the year, including 14 straight match wins. He's won three titles — two on clay while runner-up in another on his favorite surface — since returning from a left knee injury.

Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 to win her first title of the year in the women's final between two former top-ranked players.

Indian Wells is his first hard-court title since Tokyo in October 2010, having lost in six previous finals on the surface. He won his 600th career match and will move to No. 4 in the rankings released Monday.

Nadal broke a tie with Roger Federer with his record 22nd career ATP Tour Masters 1000 title. He earned $1 million for his third Indian Wells title.

 

Pro golf

STREELMAN FINALLY A PGA TOUR WINNER: The uphill climb to the 18th green at Innisbrook was nothing compared with the journey that brought Kevin Streelman his first PGA Tour victory.

He burned up three cars driving some 400,000 miles across the country playing the mini-tours. He used to clean clubs during the week and caddie on the weekends.

His biggest claim on tour was winning $1 million from a bonus competition called the Kodak Challenge. His last win was five years ago in the club championship at Whisper Rock.

Streelman won the Tampa Bay Championship on Sunday in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour.

The way he played this weekend on the tough Copperhead course — particularly the back nine — made it look as if he had done this many times before.

"Always had a dream of getting here," Streelman said. "And so to get this is the culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of time spent late into the evening, and getting up early in the morning. And it's really a dream come true."

 

Pro basketball

HEAT PULL AWAY FROM RAPTORS, WIN 22ND STRAIGHT: Back where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness.

Now it's on to Boston to face the rival Celtics — the team who ended the last streak this long.

The Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory.

"It's a special ride right now that we're on," LeBron James said. "The best thing about it is we're doing it together."

James had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career-best 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions.

Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat matched the 22 consecutive wins recorded by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. The NBA's longest streak is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Celtics — who ended the Rockets' run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home.

 

College basketball

INDIANA STATE TO OPEN NIT AT IOWA: Iowa has earned a No. 3 seed in the National Invitational Tournament and will host Indiana State on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes (21-12) missed out on their first NCAA tournament bid in seven years after losing to Michigan State 59-56 on Friday night. Though Iowa won 10 Big Ten games, its lack of quality non-conference and road victories proved to be its undoing.

Indiana State (18-14) finished 9-9 in the Missouri Valley but lost three of its last four.

Iowa is back in the NIT for the second year in a row. The Hawkeyes beat Dayton before losing at Oregon last season.

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