NADAL ON COURSE TO MEET DJOKOVIC IN SEMI-FINALS
WORLD No. 5 Rafael Nadal subdued Gilles Muller 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Indian Wells on Sunday, overcoming swirling winds on the main stadium court.
Nadal, the former three-time Indian Wells champion, moves on to face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the third round of the hard-court tournament, setting up a possible semi-final showdown against Novak Djokovic.
Nadal and the World No. 1 are nearly even in their 47 head-to-head meetings, with Djokovic owning a 24-23 edge.
SCHWARTZEL BEATS HAAS TO END TROPHY DROUGHT IN THE U.S.
SOUTH African Charl Schwartzel continued his hot form when he beat American Bill Haas in a play-off to win the Valspar Championship in Florida on Sunday.
Schwartzel sank a tap-in par at the first extra hole to clinch his third victory in six starts this season.
He wielded a hot putter to birdie three of the final six holes of regulation and card a four-under 67 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.
It was Schwartzel's 15th professional victory worldwide but only his second on the PGA Tour, after the 2011 Masters.
JAMES SCORES 27 POINTS AS CAVS CRUSH CLIPPERS
LEBRON James, who amassed 16 points in the first half and sat out the entire fourth quarter, scored 27 points to lead Cleveland to a 114-90 NBA victory over the Clippers (42-23) in Los Angeles on Sunday, and said the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers are rounding into shape.
Cleveland (47-18) won their third straight game and their sixth in seven outings.
The game marked the first time Cavs coach Tyronn Lue - promoted to replace the sacked David Blatt in January - faced his mentor Doc Rivers.