TennisIn her fourth tournament since sitting out 49 weeks because of injury and illness, Serena Williams won the Rogers Cup yesterday in Toronto, beating Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-2. A foot injury and then blood clots in her lungs sidelined Williams after she won Wimbledon last year. Now she’s won two straight tournaments after taking the Stanford title July 31. The formerly top-ranked Williams was unseeded in the tournament and is ranked just 80th in the world. On the men’s side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won the Rogers Cup in 2007, captured his ninth tournament of the year and record fifth in a season in an ATP Masters 1,000 event, beating Mardy Fish, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
BaseballHanson out, McCann in for the Braves The Braves placed righthander Tommy Hanson (shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list and activated All-Star catcher Brian McCann . . . Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison was demoted to Triple A New Orleans and his agent, Fred Wray, was still trying to determine the reason for the move. In his first full major league season, Morrison ranks second on Florida in homers with 17, but has struggled defensively and is batting .249 . . . Rehabbing Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez got 13 at-bats in a simulated game and worked out at third base at the club’s minor league complex in Tampa. Rodriguez, who had right knee surgery July 11, will play in a game tomorrow at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He could rejoin the Yankees Thursday at Minnesota. . . . Giants lefthander Barry Zito sprained his right ankle during a rehab start for Triple A Fresno and is sidelined indefinitely. Zito was already on the DL with a sprained right foot that has hampered him since April . . . Righthander Matt Fox hurled the first complete game of the season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, allowing just two hits in a 5-0 victory over host Gwinnett. Fox (8-5) struck out seven and walked one.
GolfKang repeats at US Women’s Amateur Danielle Kang became the first player in 15 years to successfully defend the US Women’s Amateur title, beating Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5, in the 36-hole final at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Kang, the 18-year-old Pepperdine star from Westlake Village, Calif., won last year at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club. Jutanugarn, 17, was the low amateur last month in the US Women’s Open . . . Steve Friesen won the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., for his first Nationwide Tour title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under-par 64 and a five-stroke victory.
SoccerFabregas heading home to Barcelona Cesc Fabregas’s long-awaited transfer to boyhood club Barcelona materialized when the Spanish League champion reached a preliminary agreement with Arsenal to sign the midfielder. The price of the transfer from the English Premier League team is reportedly $57 million . . . Manchester United opened its Premier League title defense in London with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. United won when Ashley Young’s cross was deflected into the net by defender Steven Reid in the 81st minute . . . In MLS, Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored goals to lead host Houston to a 2-1 win over Portland . . . In WPS, Lisa De Vanna scored twice to lead magicJack to a 2-1 win over host Philadelphia, and New York shut out visiting Atlanta, 2-0, behind goals by Caroline Seger and Marta.
WNBALynx hand Shock 17th straight defeat Seimone Augustus scored 16 points as the host Minnesota Lynx (18-5) handed the Tulsa Shock (1-22) their WNBA record-tying 17th straight loss, 82-54. Sheryl Swoopes had 9 points for the Shock, who will try to avoid setting a league record when they host Los Angeles next Sunday . . . Sylvia Fowles had 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead Chicago to an 85-73 win over host San Antonio.
MiscellanySprint Cup race rescheduled for today Rain forced NASCAR to postpone its Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International until today at 10 a.m. - although more bad weather is in the forecast for the Finger Lakes region. Steady rain began just when the race was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and did not abate in time for track crews to dry the 2.45-mile surface. NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said the race would be staged tomorrow if necessary . . . Nick McCrory led all the way in winning the 10-meter title at the US national diving championships in Los Angeles. Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen won the men’s 3-meter synchro. In the women’s 3-meter, Cassidy Krug won her second title in as many days . . . Chris Lytle got Dan Hardy into a choke hold and forced him to tap out in the third round, winning the main event of the UFC card in Milwaukee - then the victorious Indianapolis firefighter said goodbye to the sport, telling the crowd that it would be his final fight.
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