Saturday, February 24, 2018
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tennis

sharapova returns to win

SINGAPORE — Maria Sharapova won her first complete match since Wimbledon in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Finals on Sunday.

Sharapova was sidelined after the Wimbledon semifinals until the Wuhan tournament in China four weeks ago with a prolonged foot injury. She retired in the third set of her first match at Wuhan with a left wrist injury.

"I haven't completed a match since July, so I think it's always challenging to come back from not one injury but a few," Sharapova said. "I was just really thrilled … I was able to take myself to another level physically, which I didn't exactly expect that I would be able to."

Third-seeded Sharapova looked rusty from the lack of match play against fifth-seeded Radwanska.

In the day's other singles match, top-seeded Simona Halep routed U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 6-3.

STOCKHOLM OPEN: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych beat American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 in the final.

soccer

Man City ties Man U, back in first

Host Manchester United and Manchester City tied 0-0 in the English Premier League, and Jurgen Klopp was denied his first victory as Liverpool manager when Sadio Mane scored a late goal to earn visiting Southampton a 1-1 draw.

Manchester City's point moved it back to the top of the standings. It was tied at 22 points with Arsenal but had a better goal difference. United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — stayed fourth with 20 points.

Italy: AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Serie A match when he debuted at the age of 16 years, 8 months, 6 days. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic chose him ahead of experienced Diego Lopez, and his team beat Sassuolo 2-1. "I don't look at the age but only if he is good or not," Mihajlovic said.

Spain: Luis Suarez scored a hat trick as Barcelona beat Eibar 3-1 and joined Real Madrid atop the league standings.

MLS: The New York Red Bulls finished as regular-season champions with a 2-1 win over host Chicago on the last day of the regular season, on which the final six playoff spots were set (see For the Record, this page). The playoffs start Wednesday.

U.S. women top Brazil: Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Stephanie McCaffrey scored as the Americans beat Brazil 3-1 in an exhibition game at Orlando as part of its World Cup victory tour.

ET CETERA

alpine skiing: Ted Ligety got his 25th career World Cup win, taking the season-opening giant slalom at Soelden, Austria. He became the third American with 50 World Cup top-3 finishes, after Bode Miller (79) and Phil Mahre (69).

gymnastics: Japan easily topped Day 1 of qualifying at the men's world championships in Glasgow, Scotland, with China second. The United States competes today. The teams with the best eight scores make the final and earn 2016 Olympic spots.

nba: LeBron James practiced for the first time since getting an anti-inflammatory shot in his back, increasing the chances he'll play in the Cavaliers' season opener Tuesday in Chicago. "The real test will be how I feel (today) when I get up," he said.

rugby: Australia beat Argentina 29-15 to earn a spot in the World Cup final in London against archrival New Zealand.

running: Army 2nd Lt. Trevor Lafontaine won the Marine Corps Marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 24 seconds at Arlington, Va. Jenny Mendez Suanca of Costa Rica was the first female finisher with a time of 2:45:55.

Times wires

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