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djokovic wins miami open, tops prize money list

KEY BISCAYNE — When a flyover by a flock of pelicans briefly interrupted Novak Djokovic's final service game Sunday, he waved both arms and grinned as if he had just won a championship.

The actual celebration began moments later, when top-seeded Djokovic clinched a record-tying sixth Key Biscayne title and his third in a row, beating No. 6 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open final.

Djokovic earned $1.03 million and overtook Roger Federer as the ATP Tour career leader in prize money with $98.2 million.

"I have a very special connection to this tournament," Djokovic told the crowd. "In 2007 it was the biggest title I had won in my career. It has been a springboard for everything coming after that. I certainly hope that the love affair continues in the years to come."

He matched Andre Agassi's record of six men's titles at Key Biscayne. He improved to 28-1 in 2016, with the lone loss coming when he retired during his quarterfinal in Dubai because of an eye infection. Djokovic also recorded his 714th career victory, surpassing his coach, Boris Becker, and moving into 11th place in the Open era (since 1968).


Retired American star Wambach apologizes for DUI arrest

Retired U.S. women's star Abby Wambach said she let down herself and others, and she apologized after being arrested and charged with drunken driving in Portland, Ore.

Police stopped Wambach, 35, Saturday night after she ran a red light in her Range Rover near downtown, Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement. Wambach failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, he said. She also failed a breath test at the police precinct. Wambach, who lives in Portland, was booked into Multnomah County Jail and released Sunday on her own recognizance.

"Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself," the former Florida Gator wrote on Facebook. "I take full responsibility for my actions. … I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated."

One of Wambach's sponsors, Mini USA, said it was withdrawing ads for the automobile that feature Wambach.

Wambach is the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer with 184 career goals and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She was on the Americans' winning World Cup team last year, then retired after 15 years with the national team.

England: After a fourth straight 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead in the Premier League, some giddy fans started to unfurl "champions" scarves. Though six games are left after a gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under way in the central England town. A year ago, Leicester was braced for relegation while stranded seven points from safety at the bottom of the league. At 5,000-1 odds to win the league at the beginning of this season, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill estimated that Leicester winning the title will cost English sports books more than $14 million in payouts. … In the other league game, Manchester United remained 16 points back, in fifth place, after beating visiting Everton 1-0.


college baseball: Florida, ranked No. 3 in the coaches poll, scored four runs with two outs in the seventh to rally for a 10-7 win over visiting No. 1 Texas A&M and a three-game sweep of the Aggies (22-6, 4-5 SEC). Former Plant High star Peter Alonso (2-for-3) helped key the rally for UF (27-3, 7-2) with a run-scoring single, his team-leading 33rd RBI of the season.

college softball: USF had its nation-best winning streak ended at 23 games with a 5-2 loss to visiting Houston. The Bulls are 31-10.

football: Former Ohio State quarterback and NFL player and 2006 Heisman winner Troy Smith was arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges in Westerville, Ohio. Smith, 31, was released pending a Wednesday hearing. In dashcam video, Smith said after being asked to walk a straight line: "This is the home of the Buckeyes and this is what y'all do."

Times staff, wires, ESPN

Sports in brief 04/03/16 [Last modified: Sunday, April 3, 2016 10:57pm]
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