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Williams wins second straight Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Serena Williams rallied past Jelena Jankovic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, to win her 15th straight match and second consecutive title at the Family Circle Cup.
Williams had her serve broken twice and lost her first set of the match. Things turned at the start of the second set with a testy exchange between the competitors as Williams complained about Jankovic serving before she was ready. Williams used the dispute to fire up her game, winning six straight games and 12 of the final 14.
Djokovic lifts Serbia past U.S. in Davis Cup
BOISE, Idaho – Even an ankle injury couldn’t stop world No. 1 Novak Djokovic from dominating Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0, to give Serbia an insurmountable 3-1 lead in this Davis Cup quarterfinal at the Taco Bell Arena yesterday.
At 1-1, 30-40 and a second breakpoint opportunity on Querrey’s serve, Djokovic twisted his right ankle off a forehand and fell to the ground.
Wincing in pain, Djokovic had to be helped courtside. But after having the ankle taped and taking anti-inflammatories, he continued to play. He broke serve on his third breakpoint in that third game.
Serbia advances to the September semifinal against the winner of the quarterfinal between Canada and Italy being held in Vancouver this weekend.
Winter Classic set for Michigan Stadium again
DETROIT – The Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium has been reset for Jan. 1 after its cancellation this season because of the NHL lockout.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement yesterday before the Red Wings hosted the St. Louis Blues.
Park runs away
with Kraft Nabisco
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Inbee Park doubled her lead to six strokes on the opening hole yesterday and ran away with the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title.
The 24-year-old South Korean player made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 first, while playing partner Lizette Salas had a double bogey for a three-stroke swing. Park closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 15 under, four strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu at Mission Hills.
Park celebrated the victory with the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond, and jumped from fourth to second in the world with her fifth LPGA Tour title and ninth worldwide win. South Korean players have won three straight majors and Asians have won eight in a row.
Ryu shot a 65, the best round of the tournament.
Salas had a 79 to tie for 25th at 2 under.
Laird ties course record with 63 to win at Texas
SAN ANTONIO – Martin Laird tied the course record with a 9-under par 63 to hold off Rory McIlroy to earn his first win in more than two years at the Texas Open.
Laird began yesterday four shots behind leader Billy Horschel, but posted a bogey-free round to finish 14 under overall and earn the third win of his career, his first since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011.
McIlroy, the world’s No. 2, began the day at 6 under before posting a 66 to finish two shots back and finish second – his best finish of the year.
Horschel shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for third with Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.
Hunter-Reay holds off Dixon to win at Barber
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ryan Hunter-Reay ended Penske Racing’s domination at Barber Motorsports Park by holding off Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar Series race yesterday.
Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power had won IndyCar’s three previous races at Barber, but Hunter-Reay beat both for the pole.
Dixon finished second for the fourth consecutive year on the Alabama road course.
Castroneves was third and Charlie Kimball was a career-best fourth. Power was fifth.
AJ Allmendinger ran seventh for most of his IndyCar debut but finished 20th after stalling his car during his final pit stop.
Some and Tadese
win Paris Marathon
PARIS – Kenya’s Peter Some won the 37th Paris Marathon yesterday, while Ethiopian Boru Feyse Tadese clinched the woman’s event in a new record time.
Some claimed his first major marathon victory in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds, knocking three minutes off his personal best.
Ethiopia’s Tadese Tola finished nearly a minute behind Some after outsprinting Kenyan Eric Ndiema.
In the women’s race, Tadese beat compatriot Merima Mohammed to win in a record time of 2:21:06. Mohammed was more than two minutes behind the 24-year-old Tadese, with Eunice Kirwa of Kenya third.