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Sports in brief: Justine Henin wins first tennis title since coming out of retirement


HEnin wins first title since end of retireMent

STUTTGART, Germany — Justine Henin won her first title since coming out of retirement, defeating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Sunday in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.

The former No. 1's victory on clay will give her a boost three weeks before the start of the French Open.

"It means a lot to me on clay," said Henin, 27, who reached her third final since resuming her career in January. "It's very emotional to be back here because one year ago at this time I never expected to be back."

Five in Rome for Nadal: Rafael Nadal won his fifth Rome Masters title in six years after beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2. Nadal improved to 10-0 on clay this year and signaled he's back to dominating after a series of injuries. "I'm probably more happy winning without playing (my) best," said Nadal, who tied Andre Agassi for most Masters Series titles with 17. "It was more of a mental thing."

Bryans near record: Bob and Mike Bryan beat John Isner and Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-3 in the Rome Masters doubles final for their 60th title. The Bryans are one title from matching the record for the most doubles titles in the Open era, owned by the retired Aussie pair of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.


Man United still chasing Chelsea

Chelsea stayed atop England's Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Liverpool, while Manchester United made sure the title race will go down to the last day with a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Man United is a point behind going into the final round May 9, when Chelsea hosts Wigan and United welcomes Stoke.

United will need Chelsea to drop points if it is to become the first team to win four English league titles in a row. But Chelsea has won 16 of its 18 home games.

Et cetera

College BASEBALL: Freshman Brian Johnson hit his first career grand slam as host Florida (31-11, 15-6 SEC) finished a three-game sweep of LSU (32-13, 11-10 SEC) with a 13-6 win. … Host FSU (33-11) drew 14 walks in a 17-1 win to take two of three from Le Moyne. … The host Bulls (21-24, 12-6 Big East) pounded out 17 hits in an 11-6 win over Seton Hall (15-24-1, 5-13) to take two of three. … Chris Pelaez hit a grand slam as host Miami (34-11, 18-6 ACC) beat Maryland (15-33, 4-20) 9-1 to sweep the three-game series.

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