Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open tennis tournament to retain her No. 1 world ranking and collect her 50th career singles title

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Williams wins her 50th title

in singles, keeps No. 1 status

Serena Williams kept the No. 1 world ranking, and added No. 50.

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The American beat Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open in Spain on Sunday to retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career singles title.

The second-ranked Sharapova would have taken the top ranking with a victory.

Williams is 13-2 against Sharapova, with the losses in 2004.

“I don’t know how many more I can win,” said Williams, 31. “Who knows if I will ever win another title? I just want to live the dream.”

Rafael Nadal of Spain won his fifth title in seven events since returning from a knee injury, as he beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s final.

Auto racing

Alonso captures Spanish GP

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, competing in his home country, won the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Alonso finished 9.338 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland.


Portland earns WHL title

The visiting Portland Winterhawks secured the Western Hockey League championship by beating the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings 5-1.

Portland won the best-of-seven WHL final series 4-2. The Winterhawks advanced to the final series in each of the previous two years, but failed to win.

U.S. advances at worlds

The U.S. men beat Germany 3-0 to reach the quarterfinal round at the world championship in Finland.


Timbers blank Chivas USA

Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri and Will Johnson scored as the host Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches with a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer.

Houston’s home streak ends

Aurelien Collin scored in the 73rd minute to lift Sporting Kansas City to a 1-0 MLS victory at Houston, ending the Dynamo’s record 36-match home unbeaten streak — including 30 in MLS play.

Ferguson thanks home fans

Manchester United beat visiting Swansea 2-1 in manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s final English Premier League home match.

Ferguson, 71, guided Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles; he has been the manager since November 1986.

“You have been the most fantastic experience of my life,” Ferguson told Man U fans. “Thank you.”


• Former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young, 23, was arrested in California for the third time in a six-day span.

Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Joe Balicki said Young was arrested Friday in San Clemente for allegedly breaking into a home. Balicki said Young fought with deputies after a foot chase.

Young, who was released by the NFL Lions in February, was charged with attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He is in custody on $75,000 bail.

On May 5, Young was arrested in Riverside County on suspicion of driving under the influence then arrested again the same day for allegedly trying to take his car from a tow yard.

• Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb, 21, was arrested Saturday and has been charged with second-degree assault.

• Katusha cyclist Maxim Belkov of Russia won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia and Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the overall lead.

• Dutch cyclist Lieuwe Westra of the Vacansoleil-DCM team won the opening stage of the Tour of California in Escondido.

• Oregon tennis player Alex Rovello died as the result of a diving accident Saturday at Tamolitch Falls, school officials said.

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