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Sports in brief: Florida Gators win SEC soccer tournament

A Rowdie memento Mary Karnstedt of New Port Richey poses next to the NASL Soccer Bowl trophy during the Rowdies’ appreciation day for season ticket holders Sunday at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg. The Rowdies defeated Minnesota on Oct. 27 for the championship.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

A Rowdie memento Mary Karnstedt of New Port Richey poses next to the NASL Soccer Bowl trophy during the Rowdies’ appreciation day for season ticket holders Sunday at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg. The Rowdies defeated Minnesota on Oct. 27 for the championship.

Soccer

Gators win 10th SEC tournament title

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Tournament MVP Erika Tymrak scored her third goal in as many games and top-seeded Florida beat sixth-seeded Auburn 3-0 Sunday to claim its 10th SEC women's tournament title.

"It never gets old," said coach Becky Burleigh, whose 17-4-1 team won its 12th SEC regular-season title and awaits the announcement of the NCAA tournament field at 4:30 today. "For our players to be able to have the regular-season championship and the tournament championship, that means a lot."

sunshine state: Cina Salemi, Beate Jaeckel, Cici Gonzalez and Jess Frank converted penalty kicks and second-seeded Tampa (13-3-3) beat top seed Rollins for the conference tournament title after tying 1-1 in Winter Park. PKs were 4-2 Tampa.

Men: Grant Blackhurst scored twice and third-seeded Rollins beat fourth-seeded Eckerd 3-0 to win the Sunshine State tournament final in Boca Raton.

More soccer

Houston stuns East top seed in MLS

Houston extended its unbeaten streak at home to 27 matches with a 2-0 victory over top-seeded Kansas City in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series. The second of the two-match series is Wednesday at Kansas City.

Victor Bernadez's stoppage-time goal lifted San Jose over host Los Angeles 1-0 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal. The second leg in the series is Wednesday.

Tennis

Ferrer halts qualifier's Paris Masters roll

David Ferrer ended the unexpected run of qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 at the Paris Masters, clinching his first Masters title and winning an ATP Tour-leading seventh trophy of the season.

Ferrer's seven titles is one more than Roger Federer, who did not defend his title in Paris. "Somehow I knew it was my turn," Ferrer said.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz eliminated five top-20 players in the tournament, including No. 3 Andy Murray, to reach the final.

Fed Cup: The Czech Republic won its second straight championship when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in singles 6-1, 6-1, prompting on-court dancing by the Czech players in Prague. Safarova won the second reverse singles for an unassailable 3-1 Czech Republic lead in the final of the best-of-five series. Jankovic, a former No. 1, was slowed by a back injury.

Tournament of Champions: Nadia Petrova stunned top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-1 to win the final in Sofia, Bulgaria, her third WTA title of 2012.

Baseball

Rays' Price among top players award choices

Rays left-hander David Price is a finalist for the Players Choice Award as the American League outstanding pitcher. The winner will be announced tonight (8, MLB Network). Other finalists are the White Sox's Chris Sale and Angels' Jered Weaver. Price won in 2010.

Et cetera

Obituary: Milt Campbell, who became the first black decathlete to win the Olympic gold medal and went on to play pro football, died in Gainesville, Ga. He was 78 and had had prostate cancer for a decade. He won the gold in 1956. He attended Indiana University, was drafted in 1957 by the Cleveland Browns, then played for various teams in the Canadian Football League until 1964.

Speed skating: Heather Richardson won the 1,500 meters to complete a sweep of all five races at the U. S. long track championships in West Allis, Wis. She also won both 500s, the 1,000 and 3,000 in the three-day competition. Shani Davis won the men's 1,500.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief: Florida Gators win SEC soccer tournament 11/04/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 12:15am]

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