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Djokovic overpowers No. 1 Nadal

Novak Djokovic beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to win the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., on Sunday, keeping the Serbian undefeated this year.

Djokovic improved to 18-0, including victories at the Australian Open and in Dubai last month. He will move into the No. 2 spot when the ATP Tour rankings are released Monday, having bumped Roger Federer down to third in the semifinals. Nadal remains No. 1 with a 14-3 record.

After Nadal's forehand hit the net on match point, Djokovic threw his head back and let out a prolonged yell while pumping both arms.

Earlier, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, to win the title a year after the Dane lost in the final.

Djokovic became just the third player to beat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament twice, having last done it at Montreal in 2007. That year, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the final here, then won in 2008.

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Fighter injured by Klitschko

Odlanier Solis sustained serious knee injuries in his first-round knockout defeat by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday in Berlin.

The 30-year-old Cuban was taken to a hospital, where a scan revealed tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus, as well as cartilage damage in his right knee.

The crowd in Cologne was disappointed by the 179-second bout. The fans booed and whistled for several minutes after it ended.

Klitschko said he's "sorry for the spectators. I don't fight for me, I fight for them."

It was Solis' first defeat in 18 pro fights. Klitschko improved to 42-2.

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Yale is top seed in NCAA hockey

Yale is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA hockey tournament.

The Bulldogs beat Cornell, 6-0, to win the ECAC tournament Saturday night. They are joined by North Dakota, Boston College and Miami of Ohio as the top seeds in the bracket released Sunday.

Yale will play in Bridgeport against Air Force, while Union (N.Y.) takes on Minnesota Duluth.

Miami faces New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., and Notre Dame plays Merrimack in that same region.

Boston College travels to St. Louis to face Colorado College, with the winner playing the winner of Michigan's game against Nebraska-Omaha.

North Dakota faces Rensselaer in Green Bay, Wisc., while Denver plays Western Michigan.

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Musher Irrelevant?

The last musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race crossed the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast.

Ellen Halverson of Wasilla finished the 1,150-mile race at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, five days after winner John Baker of Kotzebue.

Halverson's race from Anchorage to Nome took 13 days, 19 hours and 45 minutes.

Halverson wins the Red Lantern award for being the last of 47 mushers to finish. She also won the Red Lantern as a rookie in 2007.

Race officials say the 50-year-old is the only musher ever to earn two Red Lantern awards.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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