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In brief: Benson arrested on assault charge

Mon., July 18, 2011

NFL: Running back Cedric Benson was released from jail on Sunday following an arrest in Austin, Texas, on an assault charge, the second year in a row he has gotten into trouble in his home state.

Benson was a free agent after leading the Cincinnati Bengals in rushing each of the last three seasons. He hoped to stay with the Bengals and worked out with players in Cincinnati during the NFL’s lockout.

Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said Benson was arrested in downtown Austin on a misdemeanor count of assault with bodily injury with family violence. Benson attorney Sam Bassett said in a statement the arrest followed “a conflict” between Benson and a male former roommate.

Soderling tops Ferrer to win Swedish Open

Tennis: Robin Soderling beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-2 to win the Swedish Open for the second time in three years at Bastad, Sweden.

A key turning point came in the seventh game of the first set when top-seeded Soderling, already leading 4-2, broke second-seeded Ferrer’s serve to take the game and later the set.

• Medina Garrigues wins Palermo Open: In Palermo, Sicily, Anabel Medina Garrigues defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-3, 6-2 to win the Palermo Open for the fifth time.

The 28-year-old Spaniard won her 11th career title and 10th on clay. Medina Garrigues holds the record for most clay-court titles among active players, overtaking Venus Williams, who has nine.

• Ferrero takes Mercedes Cup: In Stuttgart, Germany, Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame a long rain delay to defeat Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-0 in an all-Spanish final of the Mercedes Cup.

The 31-year-old veteran recorded his first ace of the match to clinch the first set. He rolled through the next six games to secure his 16th career title and first since winning last August in Umag, Croatia.

• Sanchez wins Gastein title: In Bad Gastein, Austria, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated Austrian wild card Patricia Mayr-Archleitner 6-0, 7-5 in the final of the Gastein Ladies to win her fourth career title. The 54th-ranked Spaniard is 4-1 in finals after winning in Bogota and Bastad in 2009 and Rome last year. All her victories have been on clay.

China claims diving gold at worlds

Miscellany: China is using its home advantage to full effect at the world championships, winning its second gold medal in diving at Shanghai.

Qiu Bo and Huo Liang dominated the men’s 10-meter synchronized event, earning eight perfect 10s while totaling 480.03 points during the six-dive final.

• Collins takes chip lead at World Series of Poker: A 26-year-old poker professional who used to play online before federal indictments shut down the top poker websites to Americans took the chip lead at the World Series of Poker main event.

Phil Collins of Las Vegas picked up 3.5 million in chips during the first two hours of play Sunday in Las Vegas as 52 players were eliminated from the no-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament through the first four hours of play.

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