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Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, above, earned her first title in 10 months with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 victory Sunday over Patty Schnyder in the final Acura Classic tournament.

Sharapova used sharp groundstrokes in the first and third sets to capture her first championship since winning a WTA title at Linz, Austria, in October.

The No. 2-ranked player, who was the defending champion, dropped her first set of the tournament.

"It's always good to win a title," Sharapova said. "But to actually come back the year after and back it up is good."

LEGG MASON: Andy Roddick wasn't about to let John Isner have another chance at a third-set tiebreaker, much less let the unseeded American win the first title of his career. Roddick put a stop to Isner's dream week, beating him 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to win his third title in Washington. Roddick, who also won here in 2001 and 2005, earned his 23rd ATP title by solving Isner's serve, which had carried him to five straight wins in third-set tiebreakers.



Two boxers deported by Brazil were back in Cuba after they disappeared during the Pan American Games last month and were arrested at a resort where officials said they partied and ran up an exorbitant bill.

Convalescing leader Fidel Castro said in comments published Sunday that the boxers would be confined to guest houses upon their return. He promised not to harshly punish them.

Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic bantamweight champion, and Erislandy Lara, an amateur welterweight world champion, arrived in Cuba early Sunday, Cuban state radio and TV reported.


SOCCER: David Beckham didn't dress, missing his scheduled MLS debut because of a lingering ankle injury that kept him on the bench during the Los Angeles Galaxy's 0-0 tie with host Toronto FC. ... Luciano Emilio scored two goals as D.C. United beat host New England 3-0. ... Manchester United won the Community Shield in Wembley, England, capturing the traditional season opener by beating Chelsea 3-0 in a shootout.

BASKETBALL: Rockets guard Rafer Alston was arrested early Sunday in downtown Houston on charges of assault and public intoxication, police said. Both charges against Alston, 31, are misdemeanors. ... In the WNBA, reserve Tamika Whitmore scored 16 to help the host Indiana Fever beat the Sacramento Monarchs 63-55 and clinch a playoff berth. ... Delisha Milton-Jones had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and host Washington held on for a 71-66 victory over Chicago that moved the Mystics ahead of the Sky in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. ... Iran won a spot in the Beijing Olympics, defeating Lebanon 74-69 in the final of the FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan.