March 12, 2010

Sports Digest

— HOCKEY

Maroon scores three goals as Phantoms rip Pirates, 7-2

Patrick Maroon scored three goals to lead the Philadelphia Phantoms to a 7-2 win over the Portland Pirates in an American Hockey League game Friday night at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Despite being outshot 10-5, the Pirates trailed just 1-0 after one period.

But the Phantoms rallied for four goals in the second period, including two by Maroon in the first 1:29.

After Boyd Kane scored a short-handed goal at 8:45, Maroon got his 19th of the season to make it 5-0.

David Laliberte assisted on each of Maroon's goals.

Kane added a second goal 21 seconds into the third period before Colton Fretter finally scored for Portland at 3:23.

Nathan Gerbe notched his 21st goal midway through the third.

TENNIS

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Venus Williams beat younger sister Serena 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (3) to reach the final in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Williams next faces Virginie Razzano in today's final.

Venus now leads the career series between the American sisters, 10-9.

n The WTA has fined Dubai Championships organizers a record $300,000 after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates.

The Women's Tennis Association also took steps to compensate Peer and ensure she and other Israeli players won't be shut out of future tournaments in the federation.

Organizers said at the time that they feared fan anger over Israel's recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip would spill into riots in the Persian Gulf country if Peer were to play.

OPEN 13: Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals in Marseille, France, by beating Mischa Zverev, 6-3, 6-3.

COPA TELMEX: Tommy Robredo and Jose Acasuso will meet in the semifinals for the third time in three weeks after straight-set wins in the Copa Telmex quarterfinals in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Third-seeded Robredo beat Franco Ferreiro 6-4, 7-6 (4) for his eighth consecutive win, and fifth-seeded Acasuso swept aside Oscar Hernandez, 6-1, 6-2.

CYCLING

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: Levi Leipheimer has won the individual time trial and added to his overall lead in the Tour of California, with teammate Lance Armstrong finishing 14th in Solvang, Calif.

Leipheimer crossed the finish line of the 15-mile course in 30 minutes, 40 seconds. Armstrong, who began a comeback last month, finished 14th and dropped from fourth to sixth in the overall standings.

SKIING

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: Maria Riesch edged Lindsey Vonn to win a super-combi race in Tarvisio, Italy, and Anja Paerson claimed the discipline title by finishing fifth.

Riesch, who was second following the downhill portion of the event, won the race in a combined time of 2 minutes, 18.57 seconds. Vonn was second, 0.49 behind, and Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 2.03 back.

Paerson won the discipline title with 205 points. Vonn was second with 180. Zettel was third with 162.

Vonn leads the overall standings with 1,194 points.

NORDIC WORLDS: Todd Lodwick won the opening Nordic combined event at the world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, to give the United States two golds in one day.

Hours after Lindsey Van became the first-ever women's ski jumping world champion on the same hill, Lodwick defended his slim lead from the cross country portion by completing jumps of 100.5 and 97.5 meters in difficult conditions.

FOOTBALL

NFL: New England has re-signed offensive lineman Billy Yates, who started the first seven games last season at right guard. Terms were not announced.

n Steelers kicker Jeff Reed has pleaded guilty to disorderly contest and criminal mischief after police say he broke a towel dispenser in a convenience store.

Reed pleaded guilty to the two summary offenses, which are similar to traffic tickets. He was fined $543.50.

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