Murray sweeps Federer
to win Rogers Cup title
Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5 to defend his Rogers Cup title on Sunday in Toronto.
The 23-year-old from Scotland overcame several rain delays to become the first man to repeat as champion since Las Vegan Andre Agassi in 1995.
The players last met in the Australian Open final, an easy win for Federer that gave him 16 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in men’s tennis.
Rain delayed the start of the match by 15 minutes, and when play finally began, Murray seemed intent on blasting Federer from the stadium before fans could dry their seats, breaking Federer twice in the first 10 minutes.
Also: Seventh-ranked Kim Clijsters overcame a rain delay and three match points to rally for a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over No. 15 Maria Sharapova in the championship match of the $2 million Cincinnati Womens’ Open in Mason, Ohio.
Clijsters, the defending U.S. Open champion, bounced back from losing her first set of the tournament, fighting off match points in the ninth game of the second set.
Heat’s Haslem arrested for possession of pot
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County.
Haslem, 30, was stopped in a 2008 Mercedes about 3:05 p.m. because of speeding, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said. The trooper smelled “an odor of marijuana from within the vehicle,” Wysocky wrote in a press release.
Haslem was charged with possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony which could bring maximum punishments of a $5,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence.
Haslem was released on bond shortly after 7 p.m.
Also: Chauncey Billups scored 17 points, including nine in an early third-quarter flurry that broke open the game, and the United States beat France 86-55 at Madison Square Garden in a home exhibition before the world championships.
Rudy Gay had 19 points to lead the Americans.
The Americans trimmed their roster to 13, cutting Jeff Green and JaVale McGee.
Indiana Pacers second-round draft pick Lance Stephenson was arrested in his native New York, accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Police said Stephenson was taken into custody Sunday following a 5 a.m. fight with the woman in Brooklyn.
The woman was treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in a fall down a flight of stairs.
Kentucky coach John Calipari already has started turning a top-notch recruiting class into part of a team that hopes to contend for a national title.
The Wildcats started a three-day, three-game exhibition series in Canada on Sunday, defeating the University of Windsor 95-62 at Windsor, Ontario.
Freshman point guard Brandon Knight led the Wildcats with 31 points. Knight is supposed to fill the sneakers of John Wall, who led Kentucky to 35 wins last season.
Danielle Kang’s 4-foot putt on the 35th hole in the U.S. Women’s Amateur gave her a 2 and 1 victory against Jessica Korda in Charlotte, N.C.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina accidentally pushed the ball into his own net to hand Arsenal a 1-1 draw in an English Premier League opener in Liverpool.
Miami Deco, a 60-1 long shot, overtook Stormy Lord on the rail to win the 120th running of the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine in Toronto.
Wasted Tears held off a challenge down the stretch from Lilly Fa Pootz and won the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes by a nose at Del Mar, Calif.