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Caroline Wozniacki beats Maria Sharapova at U.S. Open

NEW YORK – Caroline Wozniacki survived a second-set barrage from Maria Sharapova to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Sunday for the first time since 2011.<p>In a battle of former No. 1s, No. 10 seed Wozniacki of Denmark beat the fifth-seeded Russian 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in just over two-and-a-half …

This is Plan B?

MIAMI, Fla.—Ordinarily, when a player loses a set after leading 5-2, blame lies squarely on his or her shoulders.<p>But it’s a measure of just how …

Cornet stuns Serena, to face Venus in Dubai final - Women's Tennis Blog

I did say I was expecting an all-Williams final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, although I did give in the back of my mind a slight …

Brisbane: S. Williams d. Azarenka

Serena Williams hasn't really played her best in Brisbane this week, but when she can still beat her two closest rivals with relative ease, it's hard …

Serena Williams rallies in WTA final

ISTANBUL -- The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end.<p>Williams capped a career year in style …

Istanbul: S. Williams d. Radwanska

It’s getting difficult to sing Serena Williams’ praises without sounding like a broken record. Her most consistent season? Check. More motivated than …

Why it's not great for the Kansas City Chiefs to be the NFL's last undefeated team

With Denver’s loss at Indianapolis, the 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs remain the last unbeaten team in the NFL. It’s a distinction that brings both good news and bad. In every season since 2000, the NFL’s last undefeated team went on to advance to the playoffs. Nearly half played in the Super Bowl. But …

Tom Brady's terrific quote after loss to the New York Jets

After Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, Tom Brady gave thoughtful answers to dozens of questions from reporters. He discussed the game-changing pick-six interception, the controversial rule that gave the Jets another chance at victory and many other topics, ranging from the return of Rob …

Serena Williams chases 11th title and warns rivals best is yet to come

Serena Williams warned her rivals she is ready to take her game to a new level as she prepared to chase an 11th title of an extraordinary year.<p>At 32, the American is more dominant than at any stage of her career, having won more trophies and more matches at this point in a season than ever before. …

Andy Murray has clinched the #Wimbledon title with a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic.

Grass-Court Report: Swinging in the Rain

LONDON—If you won the lottery, would you keep doing your job? Lleyton Hewitt would. In a sense, that’s exactly what he’s doing now. The 32-year-old …

French Open Tennis 2013 Finals: Serena Williams' Win Is Legendary Achievement

Watching Serena Williams win the 2013 French Open was watching a genius at work. Let's hope she's got another five years on top.<p>Roland Garros has long been a menace for Williams. Coming into the tournament, she only had one French Open title on her mantle. She had also only reached the semifinals …

Tennis

Serena Williams takes 16th Slam title

PARIS -- Serena Williams knew, of course, that 11 years had passed since her only French Open championship.<p>She also knew, of course, what happened a …

Serena, Rafael Nadal win titles

ROME -- Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian …

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova in Madrid Open final

<b>World number one Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the Madrid Open final to win her 50th career singles title.</b><p>A Sharapova victory would have seen the world number two replace the American at the top of the rankings.<p>Match stats<p>But the defending champion won 6-1 6-4, seeing out the match in a …

Rafael Nadal reaches Madrid Open final with straight-sets win

<b>Rafael Nadal reached his seventh consecutive final since returning from injury with a 6-0 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar at the Madrid Open.</b><p>Nadal dropped just nine points in the opening set to send a warning signal to rivals before his French Open defence.<p>"To be able to return to a final here at home …

Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova into Madrid Open final

<b>Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have won their respective semi-finals, creating a battle for the world number one spot in the Madrid Open final.</b><p>Williams beat Italy's Sara Errani 7-5 6-2, before Sharapova secured a 6-4 6-3 victory over Serbia's Ana Ivanovic.<p>Should world number two Sharapova win …

Tiger Woods Took The Lead At The Players Championship With A 20-Foot Eagle Putt

He grabbed a tie of the lead at the Players Championship with a 20-foot eagle on No. 2 (his 11th hole of the day).<p>He's -10 now and leading all alone, and he's doing it at TPC Sawgrass — a course than historically gives him trouble.<p>He's not hitting it particularly well — he got lucky on No. 2 when …

New N.Y. gun law's opt-out forms overwhelm clerks

Tens of thousands of New York gun owners want to keep their names out of public records.<p>ALBANY, N.Y. — County clerks around New York say tens of thousands of pistol permit opt-out forms are flooding their offices as a state deadline nears for their completion.<p>But the counties have received no state …