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Roddick wins China Open

September 29, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

No smashed racket this time, but Andy Roddick did show fans his volatile temper Sunday in beating Dudi Sela, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, to win the China Open at Beijing.

After winning the first set and leading the second with an early break, Roddick served a double fault and then botched a shot at the net. That allowed Sela to break back, and Roddick lost his cool.

With a powerful underhand swoosh, the American sent a tennis ball high over the crowd and out of the two-tiered Beijing Tennis Center.

"I didn't break anything," Roddick joked later, alluding to Friday's quarterfinal victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero, when he shattered the head of his racket in a fit of anger.

In the women's final, top-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-2. It was the Serb's second title this season and the seventh of her career.

SOCCER

Ronaldinho leads AC Milan to win

Ronaldinho scored with a header off a perfect setup from fellow Brazilian Kaka in the 36th minute and AC Milan ruined Inter Milan Coach Jose Mourinho's first Serie A derby with a 1-0 win in Italy.

Inter was reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when defender Nicolas Burdisso picked up his second yellow card for a sliding tackle on Kaka.

"I was hoping to score a goal," Ronaldinho said. "This is for the fans who made me feel at home. Every day I feel more at home here at Milan."

Portsmouth owner Alexander Gaydamak is prepared to listen to offers for the English Premier League club, but insists he is not actively searching for a buyer.

"The press seems determined to speculate on the sale of a number of clubs in the Premier League and have now turned their attention to Portsmouth," the club said in a statement. "The club's owner has already stated that the club is not for sale but, as with all businesses, should the right offer be forthcoming, serious consideration would be given to the proposal."

HORSE RACING

Curlin arrives at Santa Anita

Curlin headed west to begin training on Santa Anita's new synthetic surface in anticipation of a possible start in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic next month.

The reigning horse of the year arrived without incident from New York in late afternoon, and his first workout will be Wednesday, said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen.

Owner Jess Jackson has said he wants to test Curlin on the Pro-Ride surface before committing to run him against Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown and some of Europe's top horses in the 1 1/4 -mile Classic on Oct. 25.

John Wilson, an 88-year-old thoroughbred trainer, was fatally struck in the head by one of his horses before the start of a race at Erie, Pa.

On Saturday night, Wilson was readying 2-year-old gelding Forbidden Dreams for a stakes race, said Jennifer See, a spokeswoman for the track.

"The horse reared up, and when it came back down it struck him in the head," she said.

RUNNING

Gebrselassie sets marathon record

Haile Gebrselassie broke his marathon world record by 27 seconds, taking advantage of good conditions on a flat course to finish the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes 59 seconds.

The Ethiopian thanked the crowd of about 1 million for helping him set his 26th world record.

"Before I came here, I knew I can do something here in Berlin because since I started running, Berlin is my lucky city," Gebrselassie said.

James Kwambai was second in 2:05:36, improving his best by nearly five minutes.

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