Sports briefs: Nadal dominates Federer to win Italian Open
Tennis • After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer.
In the 30th meeting between the tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from the start and won 6-1, 6-3 Sunday for his seventh Italian Open title in Rome.
Nadal improved to 20-10 in his career against Federer.
In the women's final, Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in impressive fashion, defeating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3. The top-ranked American will go to Paris on a career-best 24-match winning run.
Indianapolis 500 will sport full field
Auto Racing • One day after getting bumped from the top 24 starting spots for the Indianapolis 500, Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal posted the two fastest times on the second and final day of qualifying at the historic 2.5-mile oval.
Newgarden will start 25th, the inside of the ninth row, after posting a four-lap average of 225.731 mph. Rahal will be next to him after going 225.007.
The first nine drivers out on the track Sunday all qualified for the race, assuring race organizers of a full 33-car field. The only one left out of the race Mexico's Michel Jourdain Jr., who did not make a qualifying attempt Sunday.
Leipheimer says he's retired
CYCLING • Rowland Hall graduate Levi Leipheimer says he retired from professional cycling when his six-month ban for doping violations ended March 1 and he was unable to sign with a new team.
Leipheimer told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., of his decision Sunday. His comments came after watching the final stage of the Tour of California, an event he won three straight times from 2007-2009.
The 39-year-old Leipheimer, from Butte, Mont., was fired by the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team in October after confessing to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Lance Armstrong.
• Tejay van Garderen stayed out of trouble to seal his first professional stage race title, winning the Tour of California in front of BMC Racing Team's home fans. The American cruised through the smooth and scenic final stage from San Francisco to Santa Rosa to edge Australia's Michael Rogers for the overall title by 1 minute, 47 seconds.
From wire reports
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