Hernando man tops strong spring Hill field
SPRING HILL — Jason Mahr, the only Hernando County resident to win the PBA South Region Spring Hill Open, became the fourth player in the tournament's 24 years to achieve multiple titles Sunday.
Mahr won the annual event, which featured the best field in years, by beating PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. 259-234 in the championship match.
The title came five years to the day of his first professional victory in the 2007 Spring Hill Open. It would be hard to find someone who defeated both Patrick Allen (13 PBA titles, 22 regional titles) and Williams (record 47 PBA titles, 31 regional titles, four senior PBA titles), as Mahr did.
"If you told me that I would be competing with Walter Ray Williams in the finals, I would have laughed at you," Mahr said.
Last year's champion, Mike Williams of Montgomery, Ala., finished 29th. Mahr, 30, joins Darin Hays (1995-96, 1999-2000), Jason Couch (1994, 1997) and Tom Daugherty (2006, 2008) as multiple-time winners. Former champions Richard Langton (19th), Vernon Peterson (ninth) and Daugherty (28th) were in the field. Williams won the event in 2002.
Roddick on a roll heading to Olympics
Andy Roddick beat Gilles Muller 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 to win the Atlanta Open and earn his 32nd ATP World Tour title.
Roddick is third among active players in career titles behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
After taking the Eastbourne title before Wimbledon, Roddick has won two of his past three events and 11 of 12 matches. He will play for the U.S. team when Olympic tennis begins Saturday at Wimbledon.
Muller was denied his first tour victory in three tries. His last appearance in a final was seven years ago when Andre Agassi beat him in Los Angeles.
More tennis: Juan Monaco edged Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4 to win the German Championships in Hamburg, his third claycourt title of the year. Monaco will move into the top 10 when rankings are released today. … Unseeded Thomaz Bellucci beat top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-2 to win the Swiss Open in Gstaad. Bellucci, ranked No. 60, has three career titles. … Second-seeded Dominique Cibulkova used powerful groundstrokes to beat No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 and win the Mercury Insurance Open title in Carlsbad, Calif. Bartoli struggled after needing more than eight hours to win her first three matches. … Polona Hercog won her second straight Swedish Open title, beating Mathilde Johansson 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 in Bastad.
Lions CB charged with assault
Lions cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested in Pennsylvania for the second time this offseason. Harrisburg police said Berry, 24, was taken into custody early Saturday morning on three charges of simple assault. Berry reportedly pointed a gun at a group from inside his car. The team said it was "extremely disappointed.''
Soccer: John Terry got a standing ovation by Chelsea supporters in his first match following his acquittal on charges of racially abusing an opponent. The captain entered in the 63rd minute of a 1-1 tie in a preseason exhibition against Paris Saint-Germain in front of 38,202 at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent; Times wires