Serena wins 4th title of season
Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.
The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hardcourt event for the third time.
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Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.
Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went on a five-game run of her own.
Milos Raonic easily won the first all-Canadian tournament final in ATP history, erasing the only break point he faced and beating Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., for Raonic’s sixth career title.
The ATP said it was the first time two men from Canada played each other in a tour final in the Open era, which began in 1968.
In the women’s final, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia ended her four-year WTA title drought, beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Houston beats D.C. United
Will Bruin scored in the 91st minute to give host Houston a 1-0 victory over D.C. United, ending the Dynamo’s (6-11-4) winless streak at eight and the Washington club’s winning streak at four. United (11-6-4) dropped to 0-10-1 in Houston.
Tesho Akindele scored in the 49th minute in FC Dallas’ 1-0 victory over host Chivas USA. Fabian Castillo set up the goal as Dallas (9-7-6) extended its undefeated run to seven games, while Chivas (6-10-5) lost its third straight.
Liberty wins; Cooper returns
Tina Charles had 29 points and 14 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat host Atlanta 83-76 to spoil Dream coach Michael Cooper’s early return to the sideline.
Cooper missed Atlanta’s past five games after being diagnosed with early-stage tongue cancer, and had surgery July 24.
By winning eight of its past 12 games, the fourth-place Liberty (12-15) has pulled within five games of the first-place Dream (17-10) in the East standings.
Kristi Toliver made a three-pointer with 9.6 seconds remaining to give the host Los Angeles Sparks a 70-69 win against the Connecticut Sun.
Alana Beard led the Sparks (13-15) with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike led the Sun (11-18) with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Elena Delle Donne scored 21 points, Sylvia Fowles added 14 points and 11 rebounds and the host Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics 76-65. The Sky (12-16) won its second straight since Delle Donne returned from illness. Emma Meesseman scored 17 points for Washington (13-15).
More Texas suspensions
Texas coach Charlie Strong started his first training camp by announcing the suspensions of three more players — junior receiver Daje Johnson, senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and senior safety Josh Turner.
Strong also confirmed that running backs Joe Bergeron and Jalen Overstreet and safety Chevoski Collins were all released from their scholarships last week.
In total, Strong has now dismissed seven players from the team and suspended three more since becoming coach. The Longhorns will start training camp with about 80 scholarship players, five short of the maximum allowed.
Seattle man wins in NYC
Ben Collins of Seattle and Alicia Kaye of Clermont, Fla., won the pro divisions of the New York City Triathlon.
Collins was timed in 1 hour, 43 minutes, 25 seconds and Kaye in 1:54:52. Nearly 4,000 pro, elite, amateur and physically challenged athletes competed.
• Skyway held off fast-closing Henry’s Holiday by a length in the $300,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar (Calif.). Ridden by Stewart Elliott, Skyway ran six furlongs on Polytrack in 1:16.67 and paid $6.20 to win.
• Real Madrid signed Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Levante after his stellar World Cup.
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