April 7, 2013

Sports Digest

From staff and news service reports

PREP SCHOOLS

BOYS' LACROSSE: Will Reis scored three times for Berwick Academy (0-2) in a 15-4 loss to the Groton School (2-0) at Groton. Mass.

Sam Hereford scored the other goal for the Bulldogs while Brendan Bradley assisted on all three of Reis' goals.

TENNIS

Family Circle semifinal a Williams' family affair

Serena Williams dominated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday -- the most one-sided match in the sisters' long rivalry.

Serena will play for her second straight tournament title Sunday.

This was the first time since 2009 that the Williams sisters were playing each other in a tournament. Serena has won five straight in their series and leads 14-10.

DAVIS CUP: The United States trails Serbia 2-1 in a quarterfinal in Boise, Idaho, after the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13.

Yuriy Schukin and Andrey Golubev beat Radek Stepanek and Jan Hajek 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3 in doubles at Astana, Kazakhstan, as Kazakhstan cut the Czech Republic's quarterfinal lead to 2-1.

GOLF

TEXAS OPEN: Billy Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round at San Antonio. Horschel is at 10- under overall -- two shots ahead of Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.

Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 and is four shots back.

LPGA: Inbee Park opened a three-stroke lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, twice hitting to 21/2 feet to set up back-nine birdies in a bogey-free round at Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 24-year-old South Korean shot a 5-under 67.

Lizette Salas, a stroke behind Park entering the round, had a 69 to remain second.

SOCCER

SPAIN: Cesc Fabregas scored a hat trick playing in place of the injured Lionel Messi as Barcelona thrashed Mallorca 5-0 at Barcelona, Spain.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo went on as a substitute in Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Levante.

FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at Rennes to maintain its march to the French league title.

Jeremy Menez scored a stunning solo goal in the 56th minute for the winning tally as PSG re-established its seven-point lead in the standings.

ENGLAND: Defender Matt Lowton's winning goal three minutes from time was hailed as "world class" as visiting Aston Villa dragged Stoke into the English Premier League relegation fight with a 3-1 win.

"I don't think you'll see a better goal in Europe, let alone Britain," Villa manager Paul Lambert said.

STEEPLECHASE

GRAND NATIONAL: Auroras Encore, a 66-1 long shot, won the Grand National Steeplechase by nine lengths at Aintree, England, in a race shadowed by a recent history of horse deaths.

All 40 horses in the world's most famous jumping race returned unscathed after only 17 finished the 4-1/2-mile course.

Four horses had died in the previous two editions of the grueling event -- raising an outcry from animal-rights groups and forcing organizers to soften high fences and improving landing areas.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay, according to a published report.

"I think it will happen sooner than you think," Ayanbadejo told The Baltimore Sun. "We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it."

BOXING

PRO DEBUT: China's Zou Shiming won a unanimous decision in his professional debut, dominating all four rounds against Mexico's Eleazar Valenzuela at Macau.

The high-profile debut of the two-time Olympic gold medalist didn't disappoint the crowd, which waved flags and cheered for the most successful amateur boxer in Chinese history.

 

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