Djokovic and Nadal to do battle
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer on Saturday to set up another meeting with rival Rafael Nadal in the Italian Open final.
The defending champion at the Foro Italico, Djokovic beat Federer, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Five-time winner Nadal eliminated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, 7-6 (6), 6-0, in the other semifinal.
Maria Sharapova defeated rising German player Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-4, and will defend her title against French Open champion Li Na. The Chinese player advanced after Serena Williams withdrew shortly before their semifinal with a lower back injury.
Williams said the back problem affected her game earlier this week. But she said she'll be ready for Roland Garros.
Xiang bests American Richardson
Liu Xiang defeated world champion Jason Richardson to win the men's 110-meter hurdles at the Shanghai Diamond League meet on Saturday.
Jamaican runners topped their American rivals in the sprints. Asafa Powell held off Michael Rodgers to win the 100 meters, while Veronica Campbell-Brown beat Carmelita Jeter in the women's 200.
Liu and Richardson were even through the first seven hurdles before the Chinese star pulled away to win in 12.97 seconds. American David Oliver finished second in 13.13 and countryman Richardson was third in 13.16.
In the men's 400 hurdles, Americans Angelo Taylor and Justin Gaymon finished 1-2.
Knighthawks win NLL title
The Rochester Knighthawks are the champions of the National Lacrosse League for the first time since 2007. The Knighthawks capped a storybook finish to their season with a 9-6 win over the Edmonton Rush in Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. The Knighthawks finished the regular season 7-9, but swept through Philadelphia, Toronto and Rochester to take the title.
The Rush completely controlled play during the first half of the game. Edmonton led, 5-1, and had a 35-11 edge in shots. However, Rochester had a 6-0 advantage in the third quarter to take the lead. The Knighthawks outshot the visitors, 8-1, in the second half with after 2-1 edge in the final 15 minutes.
Cody Jamieson, the game's MVP, had four goals and four assists to lead Rochester, while former Buffalo Bandit Mike Accursi and teammate Johnny Powless had two goals each.
UFC star Jones arrested for DWI
Police say UFC star Jon Jones was charged with DWI early Saturday after the car he was driving struck a utility pole in Binghamton.
Police say in a statement they dispatched units at 5:02 a.m. for a one-car accident at an intersection, where they say Jones' 2012 Bentley struck a pole.
Police say Jones was released to family members and was issued a ticket to appear at a later date.
Flash drop home opener
The WNY Flash lost their first home game of the season, falling to the New York Fury, 1-0, in Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester Saturday night.
Brittany Taylor had the lone goal of the game for the Fury in the 54th minute. The Flash are now 1-1 for the year, while the Fury are 2-0.
Thompson loses via split decision
Lionell Thompson's bid to win his first professional boxing championship came up a little short Saturday night in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
The 26-year-old Bufalo light heavyweight and former state Golden Gloves champion lost as pro for the first time in 13 fights, dropping a split decision to Nicholson Poulard (18-3) of Laval, Quebec. Poulard, 34, earned a 97-93, 93-97, 96-94 to take the vacant North American Boxing Association title and will likely vault near the top 10 in the world rankings.
From News Staff and wire service reports