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Coyotes beat Bruins

Czech winger Radim Vrbata thrilled his countrymen when he scored twice to lead the Phoenix Coyotes past the Boston Bruins 5-2 in their NHL season-opening game in Prague yesterday . . . Ethan Moreau scored at 1:56 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, splitting the two-game series in Sweden.

TENNISNadal ekes out win

U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal needed two tiebreaks and a late service break to beat unseeded Viktor Troicki 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (7) and reach the Japan Open final in Tokyo. Troicki served for the match in the third set, but Nadal broke and squeezed by in a tight tiebreak to win. He will face Gael Monfils in the final, who defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3. Monfils beat Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic in final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the final of the China Open by beating John Isner 7-6 (1), 6-4 at Beijing. Djokovic will meet David Ferrer who defeated Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. In the women's draw, new No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-2 to reach the title match. The Dane will play Vera Zvonareva, who powered past Li Na 6-3, 6-3.

VOLLEYBALLBrazil vs. Cuba for title

Brazil will play for a third consecutive men's volleyball world championship against Cuba after beating host Italy in the semifinals. Cuba defeated Serbia in the other semi. The United States finished in sixth place after falling to Russia 25-19, 25-21, 25-19. It was the Americans' best showing since they finished third in 1994. Outside hitter Sean Rooney led the U.S. with 13 points on 13 kills. - AP

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