In brief


Ferrer reaches

Copa Claro final

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — David Ferrer will defend his Copa Claro title today in the final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday on the outdoor clay, and Wawrinka defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 to reach his first final in the Argentine capital. He lost his two other semifinal appearances, including last year to Almagro.

OPEN 13: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat qualifier Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final in Marseille, France.

Berdych will seek his first title of the season against third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated French countrymen Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2.

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the final in United Arab Emirates.

Kvitova also beat the Italian en route to her previous title — her ninth — in New Haven on the eve of the U.S. Open.

For more tennis results, see Page B5

Orb grabs win at Fountain of Youth

Orb came from well off the pace to beat heavily favored Violence on Saturday and win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, a major Kentucky Derby prep race for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb finished the mile-and-a-sixteenth in 1 minute, 42.24 seconds on a fast track at Gulfstream Park. Orb, now a winner of three straight races, returned $12.80 for the win.

The previously unbeaten Violence was second, and Speak Logistics finished third.

It was the third straight time Orb came from way back in the pack to win, and the win quickly makes him a strong contender for the Kentucky Derby.

ESPN to keep

Big East rights

NEW YORK — ESPN is set to retain the television rights to the Big East after matching a contract offer that the conference had from another network.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco says in a statement the conference presidents still must approve the deal, but that “the ESPN and the Big East will continue, for years to come, their long-term relationship, which began in 1980.”

Neither side was providing details, but a person familiar with the situation had previously told the AP that NBC had offered a six-year deal worth about $20 million annually for the TV rights to Big East sports.

 

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