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U.S. women win water polo event

Brenda Villa scores three times and Lolo Silver tallies the go-ahead goal in an 11-8 victory over Canada in the Holiday Cup.

February 19, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • U.S. water polo star Brenda Villa during an exhibition match against Australia.
U.S. water polo star Brenda Villa during an exhibition match against Australia. (Robert Benson / US Presswire )

The U.S. women's water polo team completed a sweep of the competition to win the Holiday Cup tournament with an 11-8 victory over Canada in the championship match Sunday at Los Alamitos.

The U.S. team rallied from deficits in the first and third quarters and outscored Canada, 2-0, in the fourth to wrap up its fifth consecutive victory in the event. Brenda Villa of Commerce scored three goals in the final. A goal by Lolo Silver of Long Beach in the third quarter gave the U.S. a 9-8 lead that it made stand.

The U.S., which had defeated Canada for the Pan American Games title, got past defending world champion Greece twice during the event, Canada twice and defending European champion Italy once.

Italy defeated Greece, 13-6, in the third-place game.

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Raonic wins again in San Jose tournament

Milos Raonic won a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 7-6 (3), 6-2, behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve.

Raonic ripped only seven aces in the final but took control of points from the start, turning the tournament into a serving exhibition in the climate-controlled conditions of an indoor arena.

Raonic joins Andy Murray (2006-07), Andy Roddick (2004-05), Mark Philippoussis (1999-2000) and Pete Sampras (1996-97) as recent consecutive champions in San Jose.

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Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-4, to win the ABN Amro World Tennis at Rotterdam, Netherlands, for his first title of the year.

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open at Doha, routing Sam Stosur of Australia, 6-1, 6-2.

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Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title for her 13th Tour victory, birdieing the final two holes to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke at Chonburi.

The 23-year-old Taiwanese star shot a six-under-par 66 and finished at 19-under 269 on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course. She opened with a 73, then shot consecutive 65s to enter the final round a shot behind Miyazato.

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Kenny Perry won the ACE Group Classic for his second Champions Tour title, beating 2011 winner Bernhard Langer by five strokes at Naples, Fla.

After opening with rounds of 64 and 62, breaking the tour's 36-hole record at 18-under 126, Perry closed with a two-under 70 on the TwinEagles Club's Talon Course.

Perry, a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished at 20 under and matched the tournament scoring record that Langer set last year at the Quarry.

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Antron Brown won the top-fuel division in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, holding off Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round with a run of 3.793 seconds at 319.82 mph.

Robert Hight topped the funny car field and Jason Line won the pro stock competition in the second of 23 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.

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A day after clinching her fifth consecutive World Cup downhill title, Lindsey Vonn secured her third straight super-combined trophy after the final race in the discipline this season was canceled because of heavy snowfall on the Sochi 2014 Olympics course at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

The former top executive of the Fiesta Bowl has reached a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors to settle allegations related to a political donations scandal.

Arizona Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico confirmed that John Junker will appear in court Tuesday, although she said she was barred from providing details before the hearing.

Junker's lawyer, Stephen Dichter, said in a statement that his client plans to plead guilty to a single felony count in state court and another in federal court.

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