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BCS meets with Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl's future as a part of the Bowl Championship Series could be decided before the end of May.

Officials for the troubled game and the BCS met Saturday at the Big Ten offices. The Fiesta Bowl fired its president, John Junker, last month after a report commissioned by the Arizona-based game alleged misuse of funds. The BCS responded by creating a task force to review whether it wanted to continue to do business with the game.

The BCS presidential oversight committee will take the next few weeks to review what was learned and discuss it with conference commissioners.


Nadal-Ferrer to meet in final

Rafael Nadal earned his 500th career win, defeating Ivan Dodig, 6-3, 6-2, to set up an all-Spanish final against David Ferrer at the Barcelona Open.

Nadal broke the Croat three times in the first set on Saturday, and his drive clipped the sideline to take Dodig's first service game of a second set.

Ferrer earned the chance to avenge his 2008 and 2009 finals losses to Nadal after the fourth-seed Spaniard ousted Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 6-4.

The top-ranked Nadal beat Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters final last weekend.

In Stuttgart, Germany, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the final of the Porsche Grand Prix and a shot at her fourth title of the year.

For the title and the Porsche sports car that goes with it, Wozniacki will play Julia Goerges, who upset last year's runner-up, Sam Stosur, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


Portland Pirates move on

The Portland Pirates advanced to the finals of the American Hockey League's Atlantic Division playoffs with a 6-4 win over the Connecticut Whale on Saturday before 4,514 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The victory gave the Buffalo Sabres' affiliate a 4-2 victory in the best-of-seven series.

Paul Byron scored twice and added an assist to lead the Pirates. Mark Parrish added a goal and two assists for the Pirates while Mark Mancari supplied a goal and an assist.

The Whale outshot the Pirates, 34-30, as goalie David Leggio of East Amherst earned the triumph.

In the final, the Pirates will face either the Manchester Monarchs or the Binghamton Senators.

Compiled from News Staff and wire service reports

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