Stanford women win their 20th NCAA tennis title

The No. 3 Stanford women’s tennis team won its 20th NCAA championship with a 4-0 victory over No. 2 Georgia on Sunday evening in Orlando.

Playing in its fourth consecutive NCAA final, Stanford (28-1) won its second straight title and 21st national championship overall (20 NCAA, 1 AIAW). The Cardinal’s only loss of the season came against the Bulldogs, a 4-3 setback Feb. 11 in the ITA National Indoor Championships.

After securing the doubles point against Georgia (28-2) in Sunday’s title match, Stanford nabbed three singles wins in straight sets to seal the title. Caroline Lampl, Melissa Lord and Janice Shin each earned 6-2, 6-4 victories, with Shin clinching it for the Cardinal at No. 5.

Sunday’s NCAA title was the 10th for head coach Lele Forood, matching Frank Brennan.

• After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win in Rome for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

“You were asking for titles. Finally, I have a title,” Nadal said.

The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not be better, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

In the women’s final, Karolina Pliskova took the biggest clay-court trophy of her career, beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

elsewhere

Langdon hired

as Pelicans’ GM

The Pelicans hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans’ GM under executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.

Langdon, 43, is a former Duke and NBA guard who has served as the Nets’ assistant GM since 2016.

New Orleans won the draft lottery, giving the club the option to select the consensus top player in the draft, Duke’s Zion Williamson.

Pac-12 baseball: No. 11 Oregon State (35-16-1, 20-62) rolled to a 5-2 victory over No. 3 Stanford (39-10-0, 20-6) at Sunken Diamond. The scheduled third game of the series was canceled. The Beavers and Cardinal are tied for second in the conference, 1½ games back of No. 1 UCLA.

• Jared Horn tossed a five-hitter and the last of his nine strikeouts came with a runner at third and two outs in the ninth inning as Cal (30-18, 15-11) pulled out a 3-2 win over Arizona State (36-15, 15-11) at Evans Diamond. The scheduled third game of this series also was canceled. The Bears and Sun Devils are tied for fourth in the conference.

Soccer: Lionel Messi scored twice to hit the 50-goal mark for the sixth time in his career. Messi scored his 49th and 50th goals in all competitions this season to give Barcelona a 2-2 draw at Eibar and finish as the league’s top scorer with 36 goals for the Spanish champions.

NFL: Defensive lineman Chris Long announced on Twitter his retirement from football, ending an 11-year NFL career that included two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Long, 33, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, had 70 career sacks with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles.

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