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Sharapova to face Errani at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova joined the quarterfinals field at the BNP Paribas Open Tuesday with a two-set victory of Lara Arrubarrena-Vecino of Spain.

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Flacco signs NFL's richest contract ... Gonzaga takes No. 1 in coaches' poll ... Hingis Voted into Tennis Hall of Fame ... First-time winners jump in golf rankings... Sports news from United Press International.
Hingis Voted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Hingis Voted into Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I., March 4 (UPI) -- Martina Hingis, who won five Grand Slam titles and was ranked No. 1 for 209 weeks, has been selected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Ferrer, Nadal to play for Mexican title

ACAPULCO, Mexico, March 2 (UPI) -- David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal created a high-profile championship showdown Friday by winning their semifinal matches at the Mexican Open.
Ferrer, Nadal move into Mexican Open semis

Ferrer, Nadal move into Mexican Open semis

ACAPULCO, Mexico, March 1 (UPI) -- David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal both moved into the semifinals Thursday at the Mexican Open, moving a step closer to an early season showdown.

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Spokesman denies Nadal to skip tournaments ... Former star athlete denies raping coed ... Wrestler returns Olympic gold in protest ... Armstrong will challenge USPS doping suit ... Sports news from United Press International.
Spokesman denies Nadal to skip tournaments

Spokesman denies Nadal to skip tournaments

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal's camp is denying reports Tuesday the world No. 5-ranked tennis player will skip two ATP Masters tournaments next month.

Dominguez Lino, Schiavone post Bogota wins

BOGOTA, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino and No. 4 seed Francesca Schiavone each advanced Tuesday with first-round wins at the Copa Claro Colsanitas.

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Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 80, dies ... Police: Pistorius' girlfriend shot 4 times ... Indiana back to No. 1 for third time ... Serena Williams returns to No. 1 ... Sports news from United Press International.
Serena Williams back to No. 1

Serena Williams back to No. 1

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Serena Williams finished second to Victoria Azarenka in the Qatar Total Open but still came away with the world No. 1 ranking.

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Patrick wins Daytona pole position ... Galaxy's Donovan back in late March ... Nadal is back with Brazil Open victory ... Merrick edges Beljan in Calif. playoff ... Sports news from United Press International.

Nadal is back with Brazil Open victory

SAO PAULO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal recorded his first victory since last year's French Open Sunday, besting David Nalbandian for the Brazil Open title.

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Oscar Pistorius charged with murder ... Serena Williams nears return to No. 1 .. .Federer, del Potro advance in Rotterdam ... Matt White's wife unstable, lawyer says ... Sports news from United Press International.
Serena Williams nears return to No. 1

Serena Williams nears return to No. 1

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka didn't lose a game Thursday at the Qatar Total Open but Serena Williams pulled within one win of taking the rankings' top spot.

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Nadal reaches semifinals in Chile ... Lakers rally from 19 down to defeat Charlotte ... Report: Oden could return to NBA ... Snedeker shares Pebble Beach lead ... Sports news from United Press International.

Nadal reaches semifinals in Chile

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal, making his return to competition after a seven-month absence, easily reached the semifinals Friday at the VTR Open.

Errani, Bertens reach GDF Suez finals

PARIS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy advanced to the finals of the GDF Suez Open Saturday when her opponent withdrew from their semifinals match with a back injury.

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Kansas tops coaches' poll ... MLB seeks DEA help in doping investigation ... Ferrer passes Nadal in tennis rankings ... Erakovic opens Pattaya Open with upset ... Sports news from United Press International.
Ferrer passes Nadal in tennis rankings

Ferrer passes Nadal in tennis rankings

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal slips to No. 5 in the world rankings as of Monday, the first time in nearly eight years he's been ranked out of the Top 4.

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Azarenka defends Australian Open title ... Thick fog, play suspended at Torrey Pines ... Cubs tepid on rooftop billboard proposal ... Lindsey Vonn narrowly wins giant slalom ... Sports news from United Press International.
Azarenka defends Australian Open title

Azarenka defends Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Victoria Azarenka defeated Li Na in three sets Saturday, defending her Australian Open title and retaining the world No. 1 ranking.

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Murray beats Federer in Australian semis … Azarenka needs Australia win to stay No. 1 … Venus Williams has back injury … Chris Wood ahead at Qatar Masters … Sports news from United Press International.
Victoria Azarenka needs to repeat as Australian Open champion to stay No. 1

Victoria Azarenka needs to repeat as Australian Open champion to stay No. 1

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Victoria Azarenka is back in the Australian Open women's singles final, this time against Li Na, with the No. 1 world ranking at stake.

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Djokovic returns to Australian Open final … Azarenka, Li to meet in Australian final … Sergio Garcia among Euro Tour leaders … Te'o says he wasn't involved in hoax … Sports news from United Press International.
Azarenka, Li to meet in Australian final

Azarenka, Li to meet in Australian final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka overcame injury and Li Na topped the world No. 2 player Thursday in advancing to the women's final of the Australian Open.
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