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Penn State captures 4th straight NCAA title

Penn State won its fourth consecutive NCAA title, holding off Minnesota 109.5-104 on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma State finished third.

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Ed Ruth of Penn State won his third national title, beating No. 1 seed Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland 7-2 in the 184-pound final.

Penn State’s David Taylor, a four-time finalist, beat Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell 6-0 in the 165 final to finish with his second NCAA title and a 34-0 record this season.


Williams advances

American Serena Williams reached the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Williams is playing in her first tournament after a monthlong layoff, and rustiness might explain her 41 unforced errors.

“It’s not the way to play professional tennis,” said Williams, who is ranked No. 1 in the world. “Maybe amateur.”

European soccer

Chelsea routs Arsenal

First-place Chelsea humiliated visiting Arsenal 6-0 in an English Premier League match in London that included the referee ejecting the wrong Arsenal player.

Referee Andre Marriner apologized to the Gunners for dismissing Kieran Gibbs instead of teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose diving save with his hand blocked the ball on the goal line in the 15th minute.

Second-place Liverpool won 6-3 at Cardiff and host Manchester City blanked Fulham 5-0 to climb above Arsenal into third place.

Wayne Rooney scored twice — once from just inside the West Ham half of the field — as Manchester United posted a 2-0 road victory.

Rooney’s lob caught West Ham goalkeeper Adrian off his line and the ball bounced into the net.


Gagnon wins in slalom

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada won the slalom title at the U.S. Alpine Championships by a hundredth of a second in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Athletes from other countries are allowed to enter races at the U.S. championships, and Gagnon completed two runs in 1 minute, 39.61 seconds. That allowed her to edge Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

In the men’s slalom, David Chodounsky of Crested Butte, Colo., won his second U.S. title. His two-run time was 1:35.82.

First-run leader Tim Kelley of Starksboro, Vt., was second in 1:36.24. Will Brandenburg of Spokane was third.

“This national title keeps eluding me, and I’m not happy about it,” Brandenburg said.

Horse racing

Fire With Fire prevails

Fire With Fire, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Dave Heerensperger of Bellevue and ridden by Seattle native Tyler Baze, won the Grade II San Luis Rey on turf at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Fire With Fire went to the lead early and beat Lucayan by a half-length; both horses are trained by Neil Drysdale. Fire With Fire ran 1½ miles in 2 minutes, 25.03 seconds and paid $22.80 to win in the $196,250 race.

Heerensperger and Drysdale won the San Luis Rey in 2010 and 2012 with Bourbon Bay.


We Miss Artie ($9.20 to win) beat Harry’s Holiday by a nose to take the $518,950 Spiral Stakes, a Grade III race for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, ran 11
8 miles in 1:52.26.

• Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers made 21 saves and posted his franchise-record 50th career shutout in a 2-0 NHL victory at New Jersey.

Lundqvist had been tied with Ed Giacomin for the shutouts record.

• In another NHL game, Boston rallied with three third-period goals after trailing 2-1 and beat host Phoenix 4-2.

Shawn Thornton scored the winner with 3:18 left.

• Georgia successfully defended its NCAA women’s swimming championship, scoring 528 points at the meet in Minneapolis. Stanford was second with 402.5 and California was third with 386 points.

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