In Brief | Nation and World April 14


Isner, Almagro reach Houston final

HOUSTON — John Isner and Nicolas Almagro, two of the biggest servers in tennis, aced their way into the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Top-seeded Almagro of Spain, the ATP Tour leader with 261 aces, needed only 58 minutes to beat American wild-card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1.

Isner, second in tour aces with 251, recovered from a slow start to top defending champion Juan Monaco of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal to set up the booming showdown today.

Robredo, Anderson reach Casablanca final

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Tommy Robredo of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa rallied to semifinal victories Saturday, setting up a title match in the Grand Prix Hassan.

Robredo beat top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Anderson, seeded second, downed third-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

This will be Robredo’s first final since winning on outdoor clay in Chile two years ago. He will be going for his 11th career title.

Yale wins NCAA hockey title

PITTSBURGH — Jeff Malcolm stopped 36 shots and Yale won its first NCAA hockey championship with a 4-0 victory over top-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday night.

Clinton Bourbonais, Charles Orzetti, Andrew Miller and Jesse Root scored for the Bulldogs (22-12-3), who avenged three earlier losses to the Connecticut-rival Bobcats this season by stunning the nation’s No. 1 team on the biggest stage of all.

Bourbonais scored with 4 seconds left in the second period to give Yale the lead, then the Bulldogs (30-80-5) added three more in the third to win going away. Yale became the first ECAC team since Harvard in 1989 to capture the national title.

From wire sources