NADAL, WILLIAMS MOVE ON IN INDIAN WELLS TOURNAMENT
RAFAEL Nadal saved five set points to finish off a two-set victory over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (11-9) in the third round at Indian Wells.
World No. 1 Serena Williams also routed 70th-ranked Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
Nadal avenged his first-round loss to Verdasco at the Australian Open in January and moved a step closer to a fourth trophy in the California desert, where he took the title in 2013, 2009 and 2007.
PALMER TO MISS MASTERS TEE-OFF DUE TO INJURY
ARNOLD Palmer will not join in the ceremonial opening tee shots at this year's Masters due to a lingering shoulder injury, and the four-time winner at Augusta said it was time for him to give up the honour.
The 86-year-old had been an honorary starter at the event since 2007.
The 2016 Masters begins on April 7 at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
SPURS' DEPTH ON BENCH CLINCHES ROUT OF CLIPPERS
SAN Antonio's bench and defence were all the difference on Tuesday as the Spurs' reserves helped turn a close game into a rout in the fourth quarter and walloped the Los Angeles Clippers 108-87 on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard poured in 20 points to lead five San Antonio players in double figures.
But the Spurs (57-10) led by just a point heading to the final quarter before running away from Los Angeles in the first four minutes of the period and never looking back.