March 31, 2013 in Sports

Serena bests Sharapova at Sony Open

From Staff And Wire Reports
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Serena Williams celebrates after a come-from-behind victory over Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, to win her sixth Sony Open title.
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Tennis: Serena Williams broke the Key Biscayne women’s record for most titles, and Maria Sharapova set a new standard for futility in finals.

Williams swept the last 10 games and earned a record sixth title Saturday by rallying past Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.

At 31, the No. 1-ranked Williams became the oldest female champion at Key Biscayne. She won the tournament for the first time since 2008 and surpassed Steffi Graf, a five-time champion.

Sharapova is now 0-5 in Sony Open finals.

Crosby bloodied in Pittsburgh’s win

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame a bloody injury to Sidney Crosby for their 15th straight victory, beating the visiting New York Islanders 2-0.

Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face.

Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history.

• Minnesota tops Los Angeles in shootout: Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 home victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Koivu also had two assists.

Cink, Haas tied for lead in Houston Open

Golf: Stewart Cink and Bill Haas wound up with a share of the lead in the Houston Open at Humble, Texas, and they have plenty of company with four others a shot off the pace.

Cink is winless in 81 starts on the PGA Tour since winning the British Open at Turnberry in 2009. He had a 4-under 68.

Nowitzki’s 3 lifts Dallas over Chicago

NBA: Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls at home 100-98.

Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3½ minutes.

• Rockets cruise past Clippers: Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-81 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

Rockets leading scorer James Harden missed the game with a right ankle sprain.

• Durant, Westbrook lead Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the hosting Milwaukee Bucks 109-99.

United win, surge toward English title

Soccer: Manchester United’s record-breaking surge to a 20th English title gathered more steam with a 1-0 win at Sunderland, and Gareth Bale helped Tottenham seize the initiative in the race for Champions League qualification by scoring another spectacular goal in 2-1 win at Swansea.

• Barcelona draws with Celta Vigo: Spanish leader Barcelona conceded a late equalizer to slip to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, stumbling before its Champions League quarterfinal with visiting Paris Saint- Germain on Tuesday.

• Bayern Munich crushes Hamburger 9-2: Bayern Munich’s latest Bundesliga championship was delayed for another week but it did celebrate hammering Hamburger SV 9-2 at Frankfurt, with Claudio Pizarro scoring four goals.

Animal Kingdom wins Dubai World Cup

Miscellany: Animal Kingdom showed that an American horse can win the world’s richest horse race on an all-weather track, pulling away down the straight in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

• Revolutionary wins Louisiana Derby: Revolutionary held off a charging Mylute in the 100th running of the $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

• Golovkin defends titles: Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan stopped Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan in the third round to successfully defend his WBA and IBO middleweight titles at Monaco.

Light-heavyweights fight to draw: Britain’s Tony Bellew and Malawi’s Isaac Chilemba fought to a 12-round draw in their world light-heavyweight boxing title eliminator at Liverpool.

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