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Flash wins opener in Boston

Christine Sinclair and Gemma Davison scored second-half goals as the Western New York Flash made its debut in Women's Professional Soccer with a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers (1-1) Sunday at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass.

After a scoreless first half, Sinclair scored in the 67th minute, and Davison wrapped it up in the 89th minute before Boston scored in added time.

Buffalo played without Brazilian star Marta, who is not expected to arrived in the U.S. until today.

The next game for the Flash will be on the road against the Atlanta Beat (1-1) Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Nabal returns to winning ways

Rafael Nadal won his seventh straight Monte Carlo Masters title Sunday by beating David Ferrer, 6-4, 7-5, in an all-Spanish final. This was his first tournament victory since October, ending a run of three consecutive defeats in title matches.

The top-ranked Nadal won for the 37th straight time at this clay-court event, where he has not lost since 2003. It was his 44th career title -- but first since the Japan Open -- and 19th at a Masters event.

"To start the clay season like this is fantastic, but it's more fantastic to win Monte Carlo another time," Nadal said. "This is the Masters tournament where I feel more emotion when I'm playing, because here in 2003 everything starts. I played qualifiers here, won two matches, and was for the very first time in my career top 100."

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U.S. gets bounced from Fed Cup

Unable to draw on the strength of the Williams sisters, the United States failed to win a single match against Germany and was knocked from the top tier of the Fed Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, for the first time.

The Americans were blanked, 5-0, in the playoff and will no longer be among the top eight nations in the World Group, a big letdown for a country that has won the Fed Cup a record 17 times.

Germany delivered the decisive blow when Andrea Petkovic beat Melanie Oudin, 6-2, 6-3, in the first of Sunday's reverse singles.

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Notre Dame makes probe public

The University of Notre Dame today will release its six-month investigation into the death of a student killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over in high winds as he filmed football practice.

The Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration last month announced it would fine Notre Dame $77,500 for six safety violations tied to the death of Declan Sullivan, including knowingly putting its employees in an unsafe situation and failing to heed National Weather Service warnings on a day when wind speeds reached 53 mph. The university in South Bend has not yet announced whether it will appeal.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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