April 1, 2013

Sports Digest

TENNIS

Murray edges Ferrer to win Sony Open title

Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in a grueling final at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

One point from defeat, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one long point.

The match was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. Murray and Ferrer dueled for 2 hours, 44 minutes, and as a result, the 11:30 a.m. start turned out not to be early enough for CBS.

The network cut away from the match when it went to the tiebreaker, switching to the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida. CBS later showed a replay of match point.

Murray also won the title in 2009. His path to this year's championship was made easier because Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal skipped the event and Novak Djokovic lost in the fourth round.

BASEBALL

FCBL: The Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League have signed Jeff Gelinas of Thornton Academy and two University of Maine players -- infielder Shane Bussey and outfielder Brian Doran.

Gelinas, a right-handed pitcher, has signed a letter of intent to play for UMaine next season.

GOLF

BRUNSWICK G.C. SET TO OPEN: Brunswick Golf Club will open for its 116th season on Thursday, with play on the original nine (back side). Tee times can be made by calling the pro shop at 725-8224.

BOWLING

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Pete Weber, 50, tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 victory over Australian Jason Belmonte in the final at Indianapolis.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Steven Gerrard's tiebreaking penalty kick in the 60th minute helped Liverpool rally for a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa, boosting its hopes of playing in the Europa League next season.

Luis Suarez tumbled in the area under a challenge from Nathan Baker, and Gerrard beat American goalkeeper Brad Guzan to convert the penalty kick.

Liverpool (13-9-9) is in sixth place, five points behind fifth-place Arsenal. The fifth-place team qualifies for the Europa League.

--From staff and news services

 

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