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Sports in brief: Andy Murray beats Roger Federer to complete rare double


Murray completes rare double

TORONTO — Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5 to defend his Rogers Cup title Sunday and became only the fifth player to have beaten Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same event.

"I didn't drop a set against either one of them; that is really what pleases me the most," said Murray, 23, who also became the first to repeat at the Rogers Cup since Andre Agassi in 1995. "… I'm playing a bit freer and going for my shots more. I'm calm and relaxed on court. It's best to put your emotion into your shots; it works well."

The players last met in the Australian Open final, an easy win for Federer that gave him 16 Grand Slam titles, most in tennis. After rain delayed the start, Murray seemed intent on blasting Federer from the stadium before fans could dry their seats, breaking Federer twice in the first 10 minutes.

Cincinnati Open: Seventh-ranked Kim Clijsters overcame a rain delay and three match points to rally for a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over No. 15 Maria Sharapova in the final.


Team USA coasts to win, trims roster

Chauncey Billups scored 17 and the United States beat France 86-55 in New York, the only home exhibition for the Americans before the world championships in Turkey. "First time I've been in (Madison Square) Garden and the people have been cheering for me," said Billups, who plays for the Nuggets. Before the game, Team USA reduced its roster to 13 by cutting Jeff Green and JaVale McGee. Cutting McGee leaves Tyson Chandler as the only true center on the roster. Coach Mike Krzyzewski must cut one more before the championships start Aug. 28.

NBA: Heat forward and former Gator Udonis Haslem, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped for speeding in Miami-Dade County. Haslem was also charged with illegal window tint on his 2008 Mercedes. Passenger Antwain Fleming, was also charged with possession. … Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony says he has no timetable on when he will decide whether to sign the team's three-year, $65 million extension that has been on the table all summer. He could become a free agent in 2011 if he does not to sign or he could exercise his option, which would pay him $18.5 million in 2011-12.

WNBA: Host Washington clinched a playoff spot when it beat Seattle 80-71 and host Connecticut lost 79-66 to Indiana.


Puerto Rico shuffles Rowdies to the edge

Puerto Rico (7-7-7, 28 points) toppled visiting Austin (12-3-5, 41 points) 2-0 late Saturday, a victory that dropped the Rowdies into last place in the United Soccer Leagues Conference. But Tampa Bay (6-8-8, 26 points), which tied Miami 3-3, still has the eighth and final U.S. Soccer Federation Division 2 playoff berth. The Rowdies have eight matches left in the regular season.

More Soccer: Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said the football association wants an English coach to succeed Italian Fabio Capello, who is under contract until the 2012 European Championship.

Et cetera

Action sports: Olympic snowboard gold medalist Shaun White won the skateboard vert title at the Dew Tour's stop in Portland, Ore.

Diving: Olympian Troy Dumais won his 31st and 32nd career national titles (3-meter and synchronized 3-meter with Kristian Ipsen) at the U.S. championships in College Station, Texas. Olympian Chris Colwill of Brandon was fourth.

GOLF: Danielle Kang's 4-foot birdie putt on the next-to-last hole gave her a 2 and 1 match-play victory over fellow 17-year-old Jessica Korda of Bradenton in the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur in Charlotte, N.C.

Times wires

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