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Clijsters beats No. 1 Wozniacki, takes WTA Championships title

A day after escaping unscathed from a minor car accident, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters defeated top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Sunday to win the WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The 27-year-old Belgian won her third season-ending event and fifth title of the season. Clijsters played her first tournament since winning her third U.S. Open title in September, sidelined because of an infected foot.

“I’m glad I won, and it must be disappointing for Caroline,” Clijsters said. “But I don’t know how many more years I’m going to keep doing this.”

Clijsters showed no ill effects from a fender-bender Saturday before her semifinal match at the Khalifa Complex. Clijsters said she was not injured, but her manager suffered minor cuts.

Also: Third-seeded Gael Monfils of France defeated defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

Monfils served 11 aces and made the most of Ljubicic’s 39 unforced errors to claim his third career title, his first since winning in Metz in 2009.

Defending champion Jurgen Melzer rallied past Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-7 (10), 7-6 (4), 6-4 to win his third career title at the Bank Austria Trophy in Vienna.

The 12th-ranked Melzer held on by rallying to win the second set after Haiden Maurer served for the match leading 5-3. Melzer forced and won the tiebreaker, then took the third set.

Mikhail Kukushkin won his first title in his first attempt, upsetting top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final of Russia’s St. Petersburg Open.

Kukushkin’s previous best result was a semifinal appearance in Moscow last season, where he lost to eventual champion Youzhny in straight sets.


Rebels men’s soccer team nets
draw, makes MPSF tournament

Stephen Sifuentes scored in the 63rd minute, and the UNLV men’s soccer team held on for a 1-1 tie with Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., to clinch a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, which is limited to six of the eight league squads.

The draw moved UNLV (6-9-2 overall) to 3-4-2 in league, good for fifth place.

Also: The UNLV volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 Mountain West Conference victory over Texas Christian at Cox Pavilion.

Sara Nehf and Candice Thomas had career bests with 25 and 17 kills, respectively, for the Rebels (8-16, 3-7 MWC), who won 25-20, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11.

Redshirt freshman Rene Ruegamer earned a pair of titles on the final day of the Larry Easley Memorial Classic at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Ruegamer rallied past UNLV teammate Alex Bull 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the Flight 2 singles championship, and he teamed with Bull to post a 9-8 win over fellow Rebels Mehdi Bouras and Bernard Schoeman for the doubles title.


Iowa investigates possible
violation with celebrity fans

The University of Iowa told the NCAA the school allowed two basketball recruits to meet celebrity Hawkeyes fans Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Such a meeting would be a recruiting violation.

The recruits met the married movie stars at an Iowa-Iowa State football game in September and met two former Iowa basketball players the same day, The Des Moines Register reported, based on records obtained under Iowa’s public records law.

NCAA rules prohibit recruits from contact with individuals considered to represent a university’s athletic interests.

Also: Rakeem Buckles scored 18 points, and freshman center Gorgui Dieng added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Louisville opened its new downtown arena with an 83-66 exhibition win over Northern Kentucky.

Preston Knowles had 11 points and Mike Marra chipped in 10 for the Cardinals, who moved to the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center this year after spending 54 years at Freedom Hall.

Undefeated Zenyatta is set to leave California on Tuesday in advance of her run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Zenyatta, a two-time champion, is 19-0 for her career headed into Saturday’s race. The 6-year-old spent Sunday walking the shedrow at Hollywood Park under the eye of trainer John Shirreffs, a day after working six furlongs in 1 minute, 11.8 seconds.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is concerned about 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird as the 4-year-old gelding prepares for the Breeders’ Cup.

Lukas has been working with Mine That Bird for five months but has few results to show for it. Lukas said the horse is “doing well” physically and the problems might be mental.

Lukas said he’s unsure if Mine That Bird’s “heart is in racing.”

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