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Injured Rafael Nadal loses final to Andy Murray

Murray becomes first British winner of the Rotterdam, Netherlands, tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, over the injury Nadal

February 16, 2009|Staff and Wire Reports

Second-seeded Andy Murray overcame an injured Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, Sunday to become the first British winner at the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The top-ranked Nadal was bothered by a right knee injury and had to call a medical timeout in the second set, before deciding to continue the match.

"On one leg he could still go on," Murray said of Nadal. "That's how good he is."

Murray took the first set after breaking Nadal in the sixth game, but the Spaniard fought back in the second. He struggled with his serve in the third set because of his knee and Murray was able to seal the win with an ace.

Appearing in his 41st final, the Australian Open champion wasn't at his best, struggling to counter Murray's powerful service game. It was Murray's 10th career title.

Fourth-seeded Radek Stepanek won his second ATP title this year, rallying to beat fifth-seeded Mardy Fish, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the SAP Open. Stepanek became the first Czech player to win the San Jose event since Ivan Lendl in 1983. . . . Amelie Mauresmo of France defeated Elena Dementieva of Russia, 7-6 (7), 2-6, 6-4, in the final of the Open GDF Suez at Paris, her first WTA Tour title in two years.

GOLF

Goodes wins first Champions Tour title

Mike Goodes, who turned pro two years ago, shot a 66 to win the Allianz Championships at Boca Raton, Fla., his first Champions Tour title.

Goodes, 52, finished at 15-under-par 201, beating practice partner Fulton Allem by one stroke to pocket $255,000 in his 32nd event.

Bernhard Langer, the 2008 Champions Tour leader and rookie of the year, struggled with his putting throughout to finish third at 12-under 204.

Goodes beat a 79-man field that combined for victories at 100 majors on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

JURISPRUDENCE

Bills' Lynch is arrested in Culver City

Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested Wednesday night in Culver City on a weapons charge, police said Sunday.

Police said Lynch was arrested after officers approached him and two other men sitting in a car and found a loaded firearm.

Lynch, 22, was arrested after officers determined the gun belonged to him. He was released that night on $35,000 bail.

Lynch was in California to visit friends, his lawyer said.

A Bills spokesman had no comment.

It is the second time in less than a year that Lynch has been in trouble with the law.

In June, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted speeding off in his car after striking a female pedestrian in Buffalo on May 31. The victim, a 27-year-old woman from Toronto, was treated and released from a hospital after suffering a bruised hip and a cut on a thigh that required seven stitches.

Lynch said it was raining hard and he was unaware he had hit anybody.

A judge ordered Lynch's driver's license revoked but the player appealed and was allowed to keep his license.

ETC.

Penguins dismiss Therrien as coach

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired coach Michel Therrien a year after he led the team to the Stanley Cup finals.

Dan Bylsma, coach of the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., will be interim coach.

The Penguins are 27-25-5.

American Bill Demong won his third Nordic combined World Cup event of the season.

Demong covered the 10-kilometer cross-country race at Klingenthal, Germany, in 27 minutes 4.4 seconds for his sixth career victory.

Manfred Pranger of Austria had a combined time of 1:44.17 over two runs to win the men's slalom in the world championships at Val d'Isere, France.

Jimmy Cochran of the U.S. had the fastest run of the afternoon, 50.85 seconds, to move to 10th from 22nd.

American Bode Miller, the defending overall World Cup champion, failed to finish the first run.

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