American Serena Williams earned a record sixth Key Biscayne, Fla., women's title Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova of Russia 4-6, 6-3...
Williams wins her 6th
Key Biscayne title
American Serena Williams earned a record sixth Key Biscayne, Fla., women’s title Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.
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Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. Williams, ranked No. 1 in the world, won the last 10 games of the match. The 31-year-old became the oldest women’s Key Biscayne champion; she also surpassed five-time champion Steffi Graf for most titles at the event.
Sharapova, ranked second in the world, has lost 11 consecutive matches against Williams and hasn’t beaten her since 2004.
Williams converted all seven break-point chances. She hit 35 winners, compared with 13 for Sharapova.
After losing the first set, Williams was behind 3-2 in the second.
“I just was like, ‘Serena, are you really going to get to the final and not play up to your potential?’ ” Williams said. “I don’t think I was as energized as I could be.”
Murray to face Ferrer
In Sunday’s men’s final in Key Biscayne, second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain will face third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain.
Murray has a 6-5 record against Ferrer, a frequent practice partner.
Kolb to play for Buffalo
Quarterback Kevin Kolb has agreed to a two-year contract potentially worth more than $12 million with the Buffalo Bills, according to media reports.
Kolb, 28, was released March 15 after spending two seasons with Arizona. He was with the Philadelphia Eagles for his first four seasons.
In 34 games in the league, Kolb has 28 touchdown passes and has been intercepted 25 times.
Dolphins sign Grimes
Cornerback Brent Grimes, who missed almost all of last season because of an Achilles tendon injury, signed a one-year contract reportedly worth up to $5.5 million with the Miami Dolphins. He gets $3 million in guaranteed money.
Grimes, 29, suffered his injury in Atlanta’s opener last season, after starting 28 games over the previous two seasons.
Eagles acquire Momah
Ifeanyi Momah, a 6-foot-7, 239-pound wide receiver, signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Momah, 23, played at Boston College. He tore a knee ligament in BC’s opener in 2011 and, not fully recovered from the injury, was not drafted last year.
Ex-Alabama AD dies
Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who played and coached football under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, died Saturday. The 73-year-old Moore had been in a Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems.
Moore was part of 10 football national-championship teams as a player, coach or administrator. Alabama, coached by Saban starting in 2007, has won three of the last four national titles.
The Crimson Tide also won national championships in gymnastics, softball and women’s golf in 2011-12.
• Michigan won its first NCAA men’s swimming-and-diving team title since 1995.
The Wolverines had 480 points at the event in Indianapolis. Two-time defending champion California was second at 406.5 and Arizona was third with 313.5.
“We didn’t have a real confidence that we would win this,” Michigan coach Mike Bottom said.
Fifth-year coach Bottom said of building the program: “You do it one day at a time and one student-athlete at a time.”
• Quinnipiac, a Hamden, Conn., school that has the No. 1 overall seed in the 16-team, NCAA men’s hockey tournament, advanced to the East Regional final by beating Canisius 4-3.
The Bobcats trailed 3-1 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
Quinnipiac will face Union of New York on Sunday in Providence, R.I. Union beat defending national champion Boston College 5-1 to reach the East final.
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