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KERBER STUMBLES, FALLS shy OF NO. 1

MASON, Ohio — The final step up to No. 1 was simply too big for Angelique Kerber — this time, anyway.

The world's second-ranked player wasted a chance to end Serena Williams' long run at the top. She dropped behind at the outset, repeatedly missed routine shots and fell to Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match Sunday at the Western & Southern Open.

On the men's side, Andy Murray also ran out of steam in the title match. He fell to Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-5, ending his career-best winning streak at 22 matches.

More was at stake on the women's side. Williams will be ranked No. 1 for the 184th straight week, two shy of Steffi Graf's WTA-record run that ended in 1997. Kerber will remain right behind after her frustrating performance, hoping for another chance.

"Everybody's talking about that," Kerber said. "If someday it happens, it happens, but I will not be making too much pressure on this. I've had such a great year so far and it's not over yet."

Pliskova, 24, earned her first title in a premier tournament.

KEYS PULLS OUT: Madison Keys withdrew from the Connecticut Open after injuring her neck during a practice session.

SOCCER

West Ham earns dramatic win in stadium debut

The first Premier League game at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth. Bournemouth was left a man short by Harry Arter's sending-off in the 77th. West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post.

FRANCE: Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain overcame a frustrating first half to beat promoted Metz 3-0 and move level on points with Lyon and Nice.

GERMANY: Third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte knocked six-time champion Werder Bremen out of the German Cup with a 2-1 victory in Berlin, while Bayer Leverkusen progressed from the first round.

ITALY: Carlos Bacca scored a hat trick and 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a penalty in added time as AC Milan opened its season with a 3-2 win over Torino and former coach Sinisa Mihajlovic in Rome.

SPAIN: Gareth Bale scored twice to help Real Madrid make a winning start with a 3-0 victory at Real Sociedad in Barcelona.

MLS: Marcelo Sarvas and Patrick Mullins scored three minutes apart in the second half, and host D.C. United rallied for a 2-2 draw with the New York City Red Bulls in a game delayed 75 minutes because of lightning.

ET CETERA

LITTLE LEAGUE: Play at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., was suspended due to inclement weather. The four winner's bracket games and a consolation game were rescheduled for today. The forecast calls for sunny skies.

MMA: Conor McGregor avenged his only loss in the UFC with a majority decision victory over Nate Diaz late Saturday at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.

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Sports in brief 08/21/16 [Last modified: Sunday, August 21, 2016 9:57pm]
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