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MADRID, Spain -- Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from a knee injury by brushing aside wild card Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4 at the Madrid Open on Saturday. Robert Parish Jersey . Nadal had little trouble extending his winning streak in clay-court semifinals to 46 matches, polishing off his overmatched Spanish countryman after winning the first six games on the outdoor red clay. Nadal will now have a shot at his fifth title since coming back from a seven-month layoff healing his left knee. "I couldnt have asked for a better run of results," said Nadal, a two-time champion in the Spanish capital. "Five months ago I wouldnt have dreamed of this return. I want to thank all those who supported me through that time." He will play Stanislas Wawrinka after the 15th-ranked Swiss recovered late on to edge out Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will play for both the No. 1 ranking and the womens title after each won her semifinal in straight sets. Nadal outclassed Andujar at the start. The clay-court experts surgical groundstrokes were usually enough to force Andujar to make errors -- and if not, Nadal knew when to go for a winner or approach the net to finish off the point. The worst moment for the 113th-ranked Andujar came when he ceded his third straight service game with a double fault. But in the second set Andujar shook off his jitters and had three break points for a 4-2 lead, only for Nadal to dig out of the hole and hold his serve. "I played a very, very good first set, playing aggressively," Nadal said. "Pablo played more aggressively in the second set and had a chance at a break, but luckily it got away from him." The top-ranked Williams will have a chance to win her 50th career title after beating Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 6-2, while No. 2 Sharapova recorded her 500th career win at all levels after seeing off Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3. Both Williams, the defending champion, and Sharapova arrive to their final in good form and with numbers to back up their bid for a title. Sharapova has won all 10 sets she has played at the tournament, while Williams boasts a 12-2 record against the Russian. "Of course its always tough against her," Sharapova said about Williams. "I havent had a win against her in a long time. But the great thing is that Im setting myself up in a position where I can try to change that around." After a skittish start, Williams rolled by Errani and broke her final service game in both sets. "I feel I played solid," Williams said. "In the second set more than in the first, I made a few less errors, which is something I needed to do." Williams said Sharapova would pose a different challenge from her previous opponents this week. "I feel this whole tournament I have only played clay-court opponents," said Williams. "All have been smaller than me. Tomorrow will be a different game, more power." On Sunday, Williams will play her first final on red clay since 2002. Last years trophy at the Caja Magica came on the experimental blue clay surface that was removed following players complaints it was too slippery. Sharapova said she was proud to have notched her 500th win. "That number is pretty significant," she said. "(And) no, (it) doesnt make me feel like a veteran." Berdych was on the brink of making his second straight final in Madrid after coming from behind to level with Wawrinka at a set apiece and then building a 4-2 lead in the third. But the Czech player squandered two break points at that stage and Wawrinka found a second wind to rally back. Wawrinka won the Portugal Open last Sunday. Red Auerbach Jersey . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Danny Ainge Jersey . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. (STATS) -- Theres still plenty on the line in the Missouri Valley Football Conference heading into the final weekend.While No. 4 North Dakota State is looking to extend its conference title streak, eighth-ranked South Dakota State and No. 15 Youngstown State have an opportunity to end their championship droughts Saturday. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, is in a must-win situation to reach the postseason and No. 23 Western Illinois hopes to add to its playoff resume.To have three teams essentially with one or two losses, I think is pretty impressive, NDSU coach Chris Klieman said of the title chase. It shows you the parity in the league and that every game -- even this week -- has a great impact on (the) postseason.Kliemans Bison (9-1, 6-1) are tied with South Dakota State (7-3, 6-1) atop the MVFC and can clinch at least a share of their sixth straight league crown with a win at South Dakota (4-6, 3-4). They captured outright titles in 2012 and 13 and also shared the 2011 crown with Northern Iowa and the 14 and 15 hardware with Illinois State.NDSU, which was rated No. 1 by the NCAA Division I FCS selection committee in the rankings that precede Sundays announcement of the 24-team playoff pairings, will try to avenge a loss to the Coyotes last season. South Dakota snapped the Bisons 26-game home winning streak with a 24-21 victory at the Fargodome on Oct. 17.NDSU should be feeling confident after Darrius Shepherds 84-yard punt return touchdown and Easton Sticks two first-quarter TD runs keyed its fourth straight win, 41-17 over Indiana State last weekend. It should help that King Frazier, who led the team in rushing before getting hurt, and Tre Dempsey, the clubs leader in interceptions, are expected to return from injuries.Were excited that the difficult schedule we have had and the adversity weve faced with injuries and stuff that weve put ourselves in a position at least to play for another conference championship, Klieman said.SDSU holds tiebreakers over NDSU and Youngstown State (7-3, 5-2), meaning the Jackrabbbits would receive the MVFCs automatic bid to the FCS playoffs should they end up even with NDSU or in a three-way tie with NDSU and YSU. Marcus Smart Jersey. Theyll try to take care of business on the road against desperate Northern Iowa (5-5, 4-3), which needs a victory to have a chance at the postseason. The Panthers, winners in their last two, have allowed just 15 points per game over their last four.Senior defensive end Karter Schult leads UNI with 67 tackles and 16 sacks. He was named MVFC defensive player of the week after finishing with three sacks in Saturdays 30-23 win over then-No. 19 Western Illinois (6-4, 3-4).Led by sophomore quarterback Taryn Christion, the Jackrabbits rank second in the league with 317 passing yards per game. They showcased a different side of their offense with a season-best 415 rushing yards in Saturdays 28-21 win over South Dakota.Now SDSU is hoping to utilize a balanced approach as it seeks at least a share of its first title since joining the MVFC in 2008.Their fans will show up and try to affect this game, Jackrabbits coach John Stiegelmeier said. This is a playoff game for them with a chance to maybe get into the playoffs and a chance for us to win a conference championship.Third-place Youngstown State needs a win at Missouri State (4-6, 2-5) and losses by NDSU and SDSU to claim a share of its first conference championship since 2006. The Penguins bounced back from a 24-3 loss at NDSU on Nov. 5 with a 21-14 win over Southern Illinois last weekend, while the Bears have dropped five of six following Saturdays 37-0 loss at Illinois State.YSU has won the past two meetings, including 47-7 at home last November.Its the next one on the schedule, Penguins coach Bo Pelini said. I havent really been a part of the whole playoff selection and how that works. Thats out of your control and you just have to go win the football game and whatever happens, happens. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 

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