Sports Briefs: April 1

April 1, 2013 

APTOPIX Key Biscayne Tennis

Spain's David Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapse after a long exchange with eventual Sony Open winner Andy Murray.

LYNNE SLADKY — AP

Tennis

Murray defeats Ferrerat Sony on tiebreaker

Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in a grueling, dramatic final at the Sony Open.

One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one long exchange.

The match was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. Murray and Ferrer dueled for 2 hours, 45 minutes, and as a result, the 11:30 a.m. start on Easter turned out not to be early enough for CBS.

The network cut away from the final when it went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida. Tennis Channel televised the end of the match, and CBS later showed a replay of match point.

"We stayed with tennis as long as we could," a CBS spokeswoman said. Tournament director Adam Barrett said CBS officials had a commitment to show the basketball.

CBS viewers missed a dramatic finish. Murray became the first Key Biscayne men's champion to save a championship point.


Golf

Points victorious after long rain delay

D.A. Points came back from a long rain delay and made four pars. The last one gave him a one-shot victory in the Houston Open and sent him to the Masters.

Points closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday, saving par on the last two holes at Redstone Golf Club to outlast Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel. The final round was halted for nearly three hours because of storms that soaked the golf course.

Points kept alive the streak of Americans winning all 14 events on the PGA Tour this year. The victory gives him a spot in the Masters, just like his only other victory did two years ago at Pebble Beach with actor Bill Murray as his partner.

Marcel Siem of Germany shot a 2-under 70 to win the Hassan II Trophy by three strokes on Sunday. He earned his third European Tour title with a 17-under 217. Siem held off Finland's Mikko Ilonen and England's David Horsey, who were tied for second.


NHL

Crosby's jaw broken after puck hit

Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins said on the team website Sunday that Crosby had surgery Saturday night, and there will be an update on his status later in the week.

Crosby, the NHL's leading scorer, was struck in the face during the first period of the Penguins' 2-0 win. Slow-motion replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift. The team said Crosby had "major dental work" and will have more done later in the week.

The Penguins have won 15 straight games, and next play Buffalo on Tuesday.

Crosby has 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) and holds a 10-point lead in the scoring race.


NBA

Heat reserves prevail against Spurs

Chris Bosh scored 23 points, including a winning three-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 88-86 on Sunday night with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers sitting out due to injuries.

Ray Allen had 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami (58-15), which swept the season series with San Antonio (55-18). By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Antonio, the Heat essentially have a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, leading the Washington Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington.


Bowling

Weber wins 10th major title

Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 win over Australian Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Weber also became the first bowler to finish the PBA triple crown a second time by adding his second Tournament of Champions to his two World Championships titles and five U.S. Opens.

Weber won Sunday with three doubles, four spares and help from Belmonte, who left the 4-10 split three times and failed to convert it twice. The 50-year-old said he has no plans to retire soon.

His win Sunday was his 37th, tying him for third place on the PBA list with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has 47, and Anthony with 43.

"I don't know what it is," Weber said. "I get up for the majors, but there's one eluding me and the Weber family— the USBC Masters. I really want that one, and I'm not done yet. I'm not slowing down."


UK sports

Rossi earns 100th career win

Senior Anthony Rossi capitalized on numerous break point opportunities throughout his singles match as he picked up his 100th career win in straight sets as Kentucky cruised past Auburn 4-1 on Easter Sunday in Lexington. Rossi defeated Andreas Mies 6-3, 6-1 to become only the 15th player in UK tennis history to eclipse the 100-win mark.

 Kentucky women's tennis dropped its final match of a four-match road stand in Auburn, Ala., falling to Auburn 4-0.


The last word

Unable to do any physical activity because he was in a protective boot after surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon last off-season, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard decided to look on the bright side.

"Because of the everyday grind of just doing things, you never get a chance to open your eyes and say, 'Look, you know what, I'm playing baseball for a living, and I get to enjoy what I'm doing.'"

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