Serena snaps Cincinnati slump
Serena Williams finally got the one that always managed to somehow slip away. And she did it so convincingly that she's thinking another title could be coming soon.
Williams needed only 62 minutes to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday in the Western & Southern Open for a personal breakthrough. She'd never even reached the finals in Cincinnati until last year, when she fell apart and lost to Victoria Azarenka on a third-set tiebreaker.
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No wobbles this time. After getting broken in the first game, she took control with her serve and took advantage of Ivanovic's sloppy play, improving to 5-0 in finals this year.
"Definitely my best performance of the summer," she said. "Hopefully not the last.
"This is definitely a level that can take me to the (U.S. Open) title. I still have a lot of work to do. It's definitely a better level than I've played all year, to be honest."
Ivanovic was treated for a stomach ailment during her nearly 3-hour win over Maria Sharapova in the semifinals Saturday night. She didn't have much left against Williams, who dominated with her serve.
Williams had 12 aces.
"Only?" Ivanovic said. "It felt like way more."
Lincecome falls to Park in playoff
Calm under the intense pressure of a playoff at a major, Inbee Park added another title to her impressive LPGA Tour resume.
Park successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to end the United States' major streak at three.
"I didn't feel that nervous at all today," said Park, also a playoff winner last year. "But once I got to the tee on the playoff hole, I just felt the nerves right away. It was like a replay of last year and experience definitely helped me out. I think I was able to stay calm."
The victory came on a bittersweet day when the LPGA Tour bade farewell to the Rochester area after 38 years. Next year, the tour will team with the PGA of America to run the Women's PGA Championship. The 2015 event will be played at Westchester Country Club near New York City.
Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh.
The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour.
When Camilo Villegas finished his final round in the Wyndham Championship, he was hoping to get into a playoff.
Instead, every other contender stumbled, and the Colombian didn't have to hit another shot to win his first PGA Tour title since 2010. Villegas shot a 7-under 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.
South Korea's Gunn Yang completed his improbable run to the U.S. Amateur title with a 2-and-1 victory over Canada's Corey Conners on Sunday.
At No. 776, Yang became the lowest-ranked player in the world amateur standings to win the country's biggest title for non-professional golfers. Along the way, he beat five players inside the top 100, including the 44th-ranked Conners.
The 20-year-old Yang, who lived in Australia for five years and now plays at San Diego State, never trailed in the 36-hole final at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Scotland's Marc Warren held off Bradley Dredge to win Made in Denmark by two shots Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 in the last round to secure his third European Tour title.
Warren and Dredge were tied atop the leaderboard overnight but Warren surged ahead of the Welshman with three birdies on his first eight holes to open up a four-shot lead. Warren made two more birdies coming home and could afford his second bogey on the day on the 18th hole for a 9-under 275 total.
Minor league baseball
Legends homers sink Power
Lexington pitchers Alec Mills and Kevin Perez teamed up to hold West Virginia to one run and seven hits, and Elier Hernandez and Mauricio Ramos each hit two-run homers as the Legends rolled past the Power 8-1 Sunday afternoon.
The Legends split the four-game series with the Power.
Florida St. an unsurprising preseason No. 1
Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.
The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999 when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.
Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes Sunday from the media panel. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each received one first-place vote. Ohio State is No. 5 and Auburn is No. 6.
Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner last season as a redshirt freshman, led Florida State to a 34-31 victory against Auburn in the last BCS national championship game.
This season the Bowl Championship Series is being replaced by the College Football Playoff. A selection committee will pick the top four teams in the country for two national semifinals.
The rest of the top 10 is UCLA at No. 7, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor.
Ami's Holiday wins Breeders' Stakes
Ami's Holiday won the 124th running of the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine, the third and final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Ridden by Luis Contreras, Ami's Holiday beat Interpol by three-quarters of a length, running 11/2 miles on the turf course in 2:30.12. The winner paid $6.70, $3.80 and $2.80.
Ami's Holiday, owned by Ivan Dalos and trained by Josie Carroll, was the only horse to run all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. He finished second behind Lexie Lou in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine and third behind Coltimus Prime in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.
Men's soccer ties NKU in exhibition opener
Freshman goalkeeper Stuart Ford worked a clean sheet in a scoreless draw at Northern Kentucky in the first exhibition of the Kentucky men's soccer season on Sunday night.
The Wildcats got a save from Ford, who helped anchor a UK defensive unit that surrendered just one shot on goal in the game. Kentucky finished with a 9-3 advantage in shots and a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Norse had four corners in the game with the Wildcats getting two, with NKU owning a 18-11 mark in fouls.
The last word
A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of retiring New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. Said farm owner Cindy VonThun:
"This was just something totally different. To walk out in the field and to be on a path and to say, 'I'm in Derek Jeter's chin,' it's pretty cool."