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In brief: Roddick wins 30th career title in thriller

Mon., Feb. 21, 2011

Tennis: Andy Roddick won the 30th title of his career in his 50th final Sunday, finishing off a thrilling 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn.

Roddick polished off the 2-hour, 36-minute match by diving to put his racket on the ball for a winner down the line that broke the 20-year-old Raonic for the victory.

The top-seeded Roddick becomes the eighth American with at least 30 titles, only three behind the late Arthur Ashe. He also has at least one title in 11 straight years, something only Roger Federer has done among active players.

Roddick picked up the $264,000 winner’s check, his third in Memphis. He also becomes only the third player to win at least three titles in Memphis, joining Tommy Haas (1999, 2006-07) and Jimmy Connors, who won four (1978-78, 1983-84).

• Wozniacki beats Kuznetsova to win Dubai final: In Dubai, Caroline Wozniacki earned her first singles title of 2011, beating an error-prone Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the Dubai Championships final.

The Dane, who will retake the No. 1 ranking from Kim Clijsters on Monday, was never seriously threatened by the 23rd-ranked Kuznetsova. The Russian still moves up to 11th in the rankings.

Wozniacki, who didn’t drop a set during the week on her way to winning her 13th career title, showed off a more aggressive style that included repeated forays to the net in the first set that helped her race to a 2-0 lead. She closed out the set by winning the final four games as Kuznetsova was hurt by missed volleys and erratic shots sent long and wide.

• Soderling beats Cilic in Open 13 final:

Robin Soderling of Sweden beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Open 13 to earn his ninth career title in Marseille, France.

The top-seeded Swede has now won 17 of 18 matches this year, clinching titles in Rotterdam last weekend and in Brisbane last month.

Soderling slammed an ace clocked at 134 mph to set up three match points, and the Swede converted the first with a forehand winner down the line.

The unseeded Cilic got off to a better start, breaking Soderling in the opening game and holding serve with an ace to lead 2-0.

• Almagro wins Copa Claro for second straight title: In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nicolas Almagro of Spain won his second consecutive ATP tournament by beating Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the final of the Copa Claro.

Almagro put the match away with a cross-court forehand winner and then leaned over and pumped his right arm to express his delight.

• ATP warns of Acapulco security concerns: The ATP has warned players about security concerns at its tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, and has been reassured by Mexican officials that steps are being taken to ensure safety at the largest tournament in Latin America.

The Mexican Open begins Monday as a combined ATP and WTA event.

The ATP, in a statement sent to The Associated Press, said it had received assurances from all levels of the Mexican government.

Kane’s SO goal lifts Blackhawks

NHL: Patrick Kane scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell scored in regulation for the Blackhawks. without coach Joel Quenneville, who is recovering from gastrointestinal bleeding caused by an ulcer. Assistant coach Mike Haviland was in charge in Quenneville’s absence.

Corey Crawford had 24 saves for Chicago.

Kane connected in the third round of the shootout after Marc-Andre Fleury turned away shots by Jonathan Toews and Sharp.

• Bertuzzi gives Red Wings SO win: In St. Paul, Minn., Todd Bertuzzi’s shootout goal for Detroit clinched a 2-1 win over his old nemesis the Minnesota Wild, and goalie Jimmy Howard also gave the Red Wings a big hand in their fifth straight victory.

After Pavel Datsyuk flipped a first-round shot over Niklas Backstrom’s stick, Howard denied the Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Matt Cullen to set up Bertuzzi’s winner. Howard has given up only one shootout goal in 14 attempts this season.

• Flames beat Canadiens in outdoor game: Rene Bourque scored two goals, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots and the Calgary Flames beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in the Heritage Classic outdoors game at McMahon Stadium.

Anton Babchuk had a short-handed goal and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Flames. Kiprusoff got his fourth shutout of the season. The win moved Calgary past four teams into a tie with Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference, as 10 points separate third place and 12th.

• Flyers beat Rangers for 4th time this season: Claude Giroux and Daniel Carcillo scored second-period goals and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers shook off an early deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead for the first time in eight games when Wojtek Wolski scored with 7:21 left in the first period, but Jeff Carter got the Flyers even later in the frame. Carter and Giroux had a goal and assist each, and Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter in the third period.

Stanford pulls away to beat UCLA

Miscellany: Freshman Chiney Ogwumike scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half and No. 3 Stanford beat ninth-ranked UCLA 67-53 for its 18th straight victory.

Ogwumike also had 15 rebounds, finishing 10 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Kayla Pedersen and Toni Kokenis added 13 points each and Jeanette Pohlen had 10 for the Cardinal (24-2, 15-0 Pac-10).

The Bruins shot just 31 percent (19 of 61) from the field.

• Tamgho breaks triple jump indoor world record: In Aubiere, France, Teddy Tamgho has broken his own indoor triple jump world record, leaping 58 feet, 9 1/4 inches at the French indoor championships to better the mark by one centimeter.

The 21-year-old Frenchman had set his previous mark at the world indoor championships in Doha, Qatar.

• Grange of France wins men’s slalom: In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France capped a long comeback and clinched the final gold medal of the Alpine skiing world championships by winning the men’s slalom.

Grange, long one of the top slalom racers, led after the first run and hung on to beat Jens Byggmark of Sweden by 0.43 seconds. Manfred Moelgg of Italy took bronze, 0.61 seconds behind.

• Japan’s Ando wins ladies title at Four Continents: In Taipei, Taiwan, Miki Ando of Japan won the ladies title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, defeating reigning world champion Mao Asada.

Ando hit all of her jumps in the free skating program, including a perfectly executed triple lutz and double loop, to score a total of 201.34 points.

• Factor wins San Vicente, stirs Baffert Derby hopes: In Arcadia, Calif., the Factor emerged as a strong contender to give trainer Bob Baffert his fourth Kentucky Derby victory with a gate-to-wire win in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday.

With Baffert favorite Martin Garcia in the saddle replacing Rafael Bejarano, The Factor went straight to the front of the field of six 3-year-olds and never looked back, beating Sway Away by three-quarters of a length and covering seven furlongs in 1:20.34.



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