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Serena Williams wins French Open title

Written by  |  Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:46  |  Published in SPORTS

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Serena Williams defeated defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 Saturday, beating Sharapova for a 13th straight time to win her second French Open title.

Williams' second win at Roland Garros comes 11 years after her first and gives her at least two wins in every Grand Slam event. It comes 12 months after Williams was a very surprising upset victim in the first round of the 2012 French Open.

Since then, Williams is 68-3 with 11 tournament titles and has returned to the world No. 1 ranking.

Jose Canseco denies accusation of sexual assault in Las Vegas

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 May 2013 21:04  |  Published in SPORTS

 LAS VEGAS, May 22 (UPI) -- Former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco has been accused of sexual assault, Las Vegas police said Wednesday.

 Police said they contacted Canseco during the morning and he had agreed to be interviewed, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The questioning had yet to take place.

 Canseco, 48, who lives in Las Vegas, clubbed 462 home runs, was a six-time all-star and won two World Series championship rings during a big-league career with seven teams that ran from 1985 to 2001 -- but was tainted by his admission he used steroids.

Serena Williams repeats as Madrid Open champion

Written by  |  Sunday, 12 May 2013 20:24  |  Published in SPORTS

MADRID, May 12 (UPI) -- Serena Williams protected her world No. 1 ranking and Mutua Madrid Open title with a straight-set win Sunday over Maria Sharapova.

Williams, who lost only one set in the tournament, defeated Sharapova 6-1, 6-4. Williams is 13-2 all-time versus Sharapova, including a championship match win earlier this year in Miami.

The result kept Sharapova, No. 2 in the rankings, from regaining the No. 1 spot in the rankings.

Tiger Woods outduels Sergio Garcia for Players Championship title

Written by  |  Sunday, 12 May 2013 19:41  |  Published in SPORTS

PONTE VERDE BEACH, Fla., May 12 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods carded a 2-under-par 70 Sunday, winning the Players Championship for the first time since 2001 after rival Sergio Garcia crumbled down the stretch.

Woods and Garcia were vying for the lead in the late stages of the final round, but Garcia put two consecutive shots into the water on the par-three 17th, finishing the hole with a quadruple bogey.

Garcia also double-bogeyed the 18th, ending up tied for eighth place at minus-7, six shots off the pace with a round of 4-over 76 at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods, meanwhile, parred the final hole to end at 13-under 275, two shots better than rookie David Lingmerth (even-par 72), Kevin Streelman (67) and Jeff Maggert (70) at minus-11.

Woods claimed his the 78th career victory and his fourth this season, making for his fastest-ever PGA Tour start.

Martin Laird (67), Ryan Palmer (72) and Henrik Stenson (72) knotted for fifth at minus-10.

Obama picks Indiana to win NCAA tourney

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:58

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, the most prominent basketball fan in the United States, picked Indiana to win the NCAA national championship.

Vick cancels book tour amid threats

Written by  |  Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:22

PHILADELPHIA, March 12 (UPI) -- A book tour by controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was canceled due to "credible threats" of violence, his publisher said.

Woods completes WGC-Cadillac victory

Written by  |  Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:21

DORAL, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods wrapped up his seventh career WGC-Cadillac Championship victory Sunday despite stumbling a bit down the stretch, posting a two-stroke win.

Michael Jordan to wed for second time

Written by  |  Saturday, 09 March 2013 19:36  |  Published in SPORTS

PALM BEACH, Fla., March 8 (UPI) -- Fourteen-time NBA all-star Michael Jordan and fiancee Yvette Prieto were spotted at a Palm Beach, Fla., courthouse applying for a marriage license.

108.41 million watch Super Bowl

Written by  |  Monday, 04 February 2013 21:03  |  Published in SPORTS

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- About 108.41 million U.S. viewers watched Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, marking a slight drop from the past two years, CBS announced Monday.

The network said the big game was the third-most-watched program in television history behind Super Bowl XLVI, which was seen by 111.3 million; and Super Bowl XLV, which was watched by 111.0 million.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 Sunday, while pop star Beyonce provided the halftime show entertainment.



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