In Brief | Nation and World April 29


Big Ten going to East-West alignment

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — No more “Legends.” And no more “Leaders.”

The Big Ten is giving them the boot and following a more traditional route for its division names.

The conference is going with “East” and “West” instead and switching to a nine-game scheduling format after presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday.

The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning “Legends” and “Leaders” will be a thing of the past.

Nadal beats Almagro to win Barcelona Open

BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday, defeating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 for his fourth title of the year.

After trailing 3-0 in the first set, Nadal found his form and broke his fellow Spaniard in three of his next four service games to take command.

Schiavone wins Grand Prix SAR

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year Sunday, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 in the Grand Prix SAR final.

Rosol beats claims Bucharest title

BUCHAREST, Romania — Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy for his first ATP title.

Sharapova beats Li in Porsche GP final

STUTTGART, Germany — Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions.

From wire sources