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Marta gets on scoreboard

Brazilian superstar Marta scored in her debut Sunday with the Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer in a 2-2 draw with the Atlanta Beat in Kennesaw, Ga.

Marta, who was not in the starting lineup having joined the Flash only last week, scored on a header in the 67th minute to give the Flash (1-0-1) a 2-1 lead. Carli Lloyd tied it three minutes later for Atlanta (1-1-1).

Canadian star Christine Sinclair put the Flash in the lead in the third minute but Lori Chalupny squared things with a score in the 58th minute.

The teams are tied for first in WPS with four points each and will meet again at 4 p.m. next Sunday in Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.

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UB is second in rowing

The University at Buffalo rowing squad finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in Fairfax Station, Va. Looking to defend the title they won last season, the Bulls were runners-up with 25 points to Northeastern's 36 points.

The Bulls finished third in the Varsity Eight race in 6:38.0, second among Second Varsity Eights 6:49.9 and fourth in Varsity Fours (7:46.1).

"Our Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight performed the way we wanted them to," said UB coach Rudy Weiler "We wanted them to win a medal and they did that."

Three Bulls -- Kate Evely, Ashley Hanhurst and Brittany Ronald -- from the Varsity Eight made the All-Conference team.

The Varsity Eight boat had three freshmen and three sophomores. The Second Varsity Eight boat had two freshmen and three sophomores.

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Nadal wins championship

Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, in their second all-Spanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title.

The top-ranked Spaniard won his 29th straight match at the clay court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit his backhand wide.

"It is a dream for me to win here six times," said Nadal, whose sole loss at Barcelona came against another countryman, Alex Corretja, in 2003. "I think it will be difficult to repeat. Six years is a long time in the life of a tennis player."

It was Nadal's 45th career ATP title and his second consecutive trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17.

Nadal won at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals victories over Ferrer in 2008 and 2009, before sitting out last year's edition to rest.

"I feel bad for David because no one deserves to win here more than him for what it means to him and the work he has put in to reach three finals," Nadal said.

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Wozniacki drops final

Julia Goerges upset top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 22-year-old German won in Bad Gastein, Austria, last year but had never captured a title in one of the WTA's premier events.

"I only know I won, but I don't know how," Goerges said. "Playing against Caroline is like climbing a high hill."

Goerges becomes the first German to win the tournament since Anke Huber in 1996 and will now move to a career-best ranking of No. 27.

Wozniacki was looking for her fourth title of the year.

"Julia played very well and very aggressive. I wasn't good enough today," said Wozniacki.

From News Staff and wire service reports