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Briefs: David earns Albert Lee Cup at Seafair

Mon., Aug. 8, 2011, midnight

Steve David drives the Oh Boy! Oberto boat in the Unlimited Hydroplane final on Sunday at Seafair in Seattle. (Associated Press)
Steve David drives the Oh Boy! Oberto boat in the Unlimited Hydroplane final on Sunday at Seafair in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Hydros: Steve David used a slingshot maneuver to gain the inside lane on the start and raced to the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair title on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.

David cleverly used the come-from-behind move at the start to gain the valued inside lane and won his second straight Seafair title. It was his third championship on Lake Washington, having also won in 2007.

Scott Liddycoat in held off favorite Dave Villwock to take second, while Villwock settled for third. Villwock was the favorite in the final, but was stuck in lane four and couldn’t make up the ground.

Dream take win over sloppy Storm

WNBA: Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points, Erika de Souza added 13 and the Dream ended a two-game losing streak with a 70-53 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sunday in Atlanta.

The Storm committed 29 turnovers, tying the league’s single-game high this season. Swin Cash scored 16 points and reserve guard Katie Smith had 11 for Seattle, which ended a three-game winning streak.

Cash and Sue Bird combined for 12 turnovers and five assists.

Unranked Stepanek upsets Monfils

Tennis: Unseeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won his first ATP title in 2 1/2 years by upsetting top-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Stepanek entered the U.S. Open tuneup ranked only 54th, but he won six consecutive matches, including three against seeded players. He earned $264,000 for his fifth career title.

• Radwanska tops Zvonareva at Carlsbad: Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her first tournament title in more than three years with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the Mercury Insurance Open final in Carlsbad, Calif.

Radwanska won despite being hampered by a nerve problem in her right shoulder that limited the speed of her serves.

• Venus withdraws from Rogers Cup: Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup due to an illness.

Williams says she wasn’t feeling well so she went to see the doctor. She was diagnosed with a viral illness and says she is “extremely disappointed” she won’t be able to play in Toronto.

Contreras scores big Breeders’ Stakes win

Horse racing: Luis Contreras rode Pender Harbour to a nose victory in the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes turf race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

Pender Harbour, the 2-1 favorite, held off Celtic Conviction to win the 1 1/2-mile race on soft turf in 2:36.1.

Celtic Conviction finished second but was relegated to third for interfering with third-place finisher Crown’s Path. Crown’s Path was bumped up to second.

• Sean Avery holds off Trappe Shot: Sean Avery survived a furious rally by heavily favored Trappe Shot to win the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap by a nose and Tar Heel Mom scored an easy win in the $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Joe Bravo rode the 17-1 Sean Avery through six furlongs in 1:08.71, earning $36.20, $10.00 and $6.30. Trappe Shot returned $2.80 and $2.10, and Calibrachoa, third of eight, paid $6.00.

Atlanta Hawks sold to Californian

Basketball: The Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo, but the NBA team will remain in Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because no official announcement has been made. The deal, subject to the approval of the NBA, is to be announced today.

Meruelo, who will have controlling interest of more than 50 percent of the Hawks, founded La Pizza Loca. It has over 50 franchised and company-owned restaurants in Southern California.

Meruelo also heads The Meruelo Group, a Downey, Calif.-based investment firm.

America’s Cup begins post-Alinghi era

Miscellany: Good weather allowed the high-tech catamarans of the America’s Cup to finally make their promised flying start as a new era of the sailing classic began without two-time winner Alinghi.

Oracle Racing No. 5 won a close fleet race in which the 45-foot long carbon fiber boats tore through Atlantic waters near Cascais, Portugal, with power, precision and speed.

• New York City triathlon turns deadly: One person died and another was in critical condition after they had trouble during the swimming portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

New York City police said 64-year-old Michael Kudryk of Freehold, N.J., was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious near 79th Street at 7:45 a.m. and was believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 40-year-old woman from Elmhurst, Ill., also was taken to St. Luke’s in critical condition with heart attack symptoms, police said. Her name was not immediately available.

• Rays’ rookie out with hand injury: Rays’ rookie right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his right hand.

Cobb felt what he described as a dead feeling in his hand during his start Saturday night. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests. He said blood clots were among the things ruled out.

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