Roger Federer, John Isner to meet for Miami Open title

For an NFL stadium, it will be a different kind of Sunday showdown: Roger Federer against John Isner.

Both won Friday and advanced to the final of the Miami Open, which moved this year to the Dolphins’ complex in Miami Gardens from its longtime Key Biscayne home.

Federer defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4 in the second semifinal after Isner bested qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

“The venue is absolutely fantastic,” said Isner, a big football fan. “To play in the stadium — the Super Bowl will be here next year — it’s pretty amazing.”

The women’s final Saturday will match No. 5 Karolina Pliskova against No. 12 Ashleigh Barty.

Elsewhere

Tight end Willson

signs with Raiders

Three days after losing tight end Jared Cook in free agency, the Raiders welcomed tight end Luke Willson to the team.

Oakland signed Willson, 29, to a one-year deal after he had 13 catches for 87 yards in 14 games with the Detroit Lions in 2018. Willson, a 2013 fifth-round pick, had 89 catches for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

On Tuesday, Cook signed with the New Orleans Saints following a season in which he had career highs in receptions (68), receiving yards (896) and touchdowns (six) and played in his first Pro Bowl.

Oakland’s tight end corps now includes Willson, Darren Waller, Lee Smith and Derek Carrier. Willson is the only member of the group with more than 56 career catches.

— Eric Branch

Men’s swimming: Andrew Seliskar won the 200-yard freestyle to help Cal extend its lead at the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas. Seliskar, who won the 200 individual medley Thursday, posted a winning time of 1 minute, 30.14 seconds for the Bears, who have 372 points to runner-up Texas’ 329. For Stanford, 15th in the team standings, Abrahm DeVine successfully defended his 400-yard IM title, winning in 3:36.41. The championships conclude Saturday with seven events.

Horse racing: Racing returned to Santa Anita in Arcadia (Los Angeles County) for the first time since the track was closed nearly a month ago following the deaths of 22 horses. Discrete Stevie B, the 8-5 favorite, won the first race on the main dirt track. “I’m just glad we got racing,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. “This is the most beautiful track in America.”

Motor sports: Jimmie Johnson, with a final-stage fast lap of 188.890 mph, claimed the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 in Fort Worth, Texas. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Bryon and Chase Elliott took the second and third spots, respectively, in the lineup.

Soccer: Alejandro Pozuelo scored two goals to help host Toronto FC improve to 3-0 in MLS play with a 4-0 victory over New York City FC (0-1-3).

College football: Kansas running back Pooka Williams agreed to diversion terms for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, though he remains suspended from the team. Williams, who rushed for 1,125 yards and was an All-Big 12 selection as a freshman last season, was charged in December after a student he was dating accused him of punching her in the stomach and grabbing her throat.

Obituary: Former Navy halfback Joe Bellino, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1960, has died, the New England Patriots said. He was 81. Bellino, nicknamed the “Winchester Rifle,” after his suburban Boston hometown, served 28 years in the Navy and Naval Reserves and reached the rank of captain before retiring.

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