Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark prepped for the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris, by winning the Brussels Open tennis tournament in Belgium on Saturday.

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Wozniacki triumphs

in French Open prep

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark overcame a thigh injury to defeat Peng Shuai of China 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday and win the inaugural Brussels Open in Belgium.

Wozniacki won her fourth tournament this year, the most on the WTA Tour, and her first victory on red clay ahead of the French Open.

The French Open starts Sunday in Paris.

Wozniacki needed medical treatment on her left thigh in the third set before clinching victory over the 31st-ranked Peng.

“It is fine. There are no big problems. It was a small pain,” Wozniacki said. “I just didn’t want it to get bigger.”


De La Hoya reportedly

is in rehab facility

Oscar De La Hoya, who propelled from Olympic gold medalist and world champion to become the face of his promotional company, has checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, TMZ reported.

De La Hoya, 38, was in an undisclosed substance-abuse facility in California, according to TMZ.

In a statement to the website, De La Hoya said, “After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on.”

De La Hoya, according to the Los Angeles Times, asked TMZ “for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process.”

Hopkins, 46, earns

light-heavyweight title

American Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light-heavyweight title from Canadian Jean Pascal at age 46.

Hopkins (53-5-1) won a unanimous decision over the 28-year-old Pascal (26-2-1) in Montreal in a rematch of their Dec. 18 majority draw in Quebec City.

George Foreman was 45 when he became a heavyweight champion in 1994.

“I won’t retire until I’m 50,” Hopkins said.

Jones is knocked out

Denis Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in the final round of their nontitle cruiserweight fight in Moscow, handing the American his third consecutive defeat.

College football

12,000 watch Drake

win game in Africa

Fans lined up three hours before kickoff in Arusha, Tanzania, awaiting their chance to see America’s version of football.

Drake, a nonscholarship program from Des Moines, Iowa, beat the CONADEIP All-Stars of Mexico 17-7 in the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl before a crowd estimated at 12,000.

“It truly was a magical day,” Drake coach Chris Creighton said.


RadioShack riders

excel in California

Levi Leipheimer slipped ahead in the final yards to win the mountainous seventh stage of the Tour of California, and RadioShack teammate Chris Horner finished second to maintain his overall lead.

Leipheimer completed the 75.8-mile stage from Claremont to Mount Baldy in 3 hours, 33 minutes, 1 second.

The 39-year-old Horner, who began the day with a 38-second cushion over Leipheimer, eased at the line, gave Leipheimer a nudge forward and was second in the same time.

The race ends Sunday with an 82.3-mile stage from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks.

Anton wins Giro stage

Igor Anton of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team won the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia, covering 130 miles from Lienz to Monte Zoncolan in 5 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds.

Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador was second in the stage and has a 3:20 lead on Vincenzo Nibali of the Liquigas team.

The 21-stage Giro ends May 29 in Milan.

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