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Williams advances to Toronto final

Sun., Aug. 11, 2013, midnight

Tennis: Top-seeded Serena Williams advanced Saturday to the Rogers Cup final in Toronto, beating third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (3), 6-4.

The two-time Rogers Cup champion will face Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, a 6-1, 7-6 (5) winner over fourth-seeded Li Na of China, today.

In Montreal, Milos Raonic beat fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4) to reach the men’s final. Canada’s top-ranked player will face fourth-seeded Spanish star Rafael Nadal, a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) winner over top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia, in the final.

Prugh leads heading into final round

Golf: Spokane’s Alex Prugh shot a 68 in the third round and leads the Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo.

Prugh is at 16-under and leads four other players by two strokes. He shot a 69 in the first round and a 63 in the second round.

Tally, Feng reach U.S. Amateur final: Emma Talley and Yueer Cindy Feng won semifinal matches at the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Charleston, S.C., to advance to the 36-hole final.

Chris Horner wins 5th stage of Tour of Utah

Cycling: Chris Horner won the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, to take the overall lead into the final day, passing fellow American Tommy Danielson in the final 200 yards.

Dortmund routs Augsburg 4-0

Soccer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored three goals in his Bundesliga debut to help Borussia Dortmund to a 4-0 victory at Augsburg in the opening round of the German league in Berlin.

Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 24th minute, doubled the lead in the 66th, and added another in the 79th. Robert Lewandowski finished the rout with a penalty with four minutes remaining.

Qatar to English FA: We deserve World Cup: Qatar World Cup organizers disagree with the English Football Association’s suggestion that FIFA should reconsider it as host of the 2022 tournament.

New English FA chairman Greg Dyke has stated Qatar’s extreme heat means FIFA must either find a new location for the World Cup or anger European leagues by rescheduling it in winter.

But the Qatar World Cup’s supreme committee said in a statement to the Associated Press that “football is the most popular sport in the Middle East and the people of our region deserve the opportunity to have history made in their part of the world.”

Ryan Villopoto wins Unadilla Nationals

Motorcross: Ryan Villopoto raced to his sixth Lucas Oil Pro Motocross victory of the season, sweeping the 450 class motos in the Unadilla Nationals in New Berlin, N.Y.

Villopoto, the Monster Energy Kawasaki star from Poulsbo, Wash., extended his series lead to 44 points over Ryan Dungey.

USC’s Lee misses practice with injury

College football: Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee missed the Trojans’ first practice a day after he left practice early with an apparent right shoulder injury.

USC would not disclose the nature of Lee’s injury, and the Trojans were scheduled to practice again later Saturday.

Wise Dan gallops to win at Saratoga

Horse racing: Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in Saratogo Springs, N.Y., taking control at mid-stretch and beating King Kreesa by 1 3/4 lengths.

Hernandez may have involved girlfriend

Miscellany: Investigators searching for the gun used to kill a semi-pro football player are looking into whether former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked his girlfriend to get rid of the weapon shortly after the victim’s body was found about a mile from his home.

The Bristol (Conn.) Press reported that search warrants for a Bristol storage facility suggest Hernandez may have instructed Shayanna Jenkins to take a gun safe or lock box out of his home in North Attleboro the day after the body of Odin Lloyd was discovered.

U.S. senators object to swimmer being ineligible: Two U.S. senators are objecting to a decision not to allow a New Hampshire swimmer to participate in the International Paralympic World Swimming Championships next week in Montreal. Victoria Arlen was told she is ineligible because future treatment for her disability is possible. Arlen was paralyzed from the waist down due to illness years ago. She resumed competitive swimming at age 16.

Two more ex-Vandy football players now in custody: A former Vanderbilt player was released on bond, while two others remain in jail charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery involving an unconscious student at a campus dormitory in June.

More than 1,000 attend A&M player’s funeral: More than 1,000 people, including players from the Texas A&M football team, attended the funeral of teammate Polo Manukainiu, who died in a car accident in New Mexico.

The service for 19-year-old Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman at A&M last season, was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fort Worth, Texas, suburb of Colleyville.


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