Nadal takes Rogers Cup, wins 5th straight

Et Cetera

July 28, 2008

Rafael Nadal beat Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 6-2, yesterday in Toronto to win the Rogers Cup, his fifth straight tournament win.

The second-seeded Spaniard has won 29 consecutive matches.

Kiefer, of Germany, was playing in his first ATP final since 2005.

It is Nadal's second Rogers Cup title.

Nadal was the last seed standing in a tournament in which top-ranked Roger Federer, No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko, No. 5 David Ferrer and No. 6 Andy Roddick got bounced in the third round.

* More tennis Dinara Safina beat Flavia Pennetta, 6-4, 6-2, to win the East West Bank Classic singles title in Carson, Calif.

* Horse racing Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode his 5,000th winner. The milestone came aboard favored Bella Attrice in the seventh race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Desormeaux has ridden three Kentucky Derby winners, including Big Brown this year.

* Pro basketball Looking to fill the void left when Josh Childress bolted for Greece, the Hawks are close to completing a deal with free agent Maurice Evans. Evans averaged a career-high 9.3 points with the Magic last season. ... Reserve forward Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the host Washington Mystics' 82-60 loss to the Connecticut Sun.

* Golf Chez Reavie won the Canadian Open for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under-par 70 in near-perfect conditions for a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair in Oakville, Ontario. ... Helen Alfredsson won her first LPGA Tour title in five years, defeating rookie Na Yeon Choi on the third playoff hole at the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France. ... Bruce Vaughan won the Champions Senior British Open for his first career victory, sinking a 20-foot putt to beat John Cook on the first playoff hole in Troon, Scotland. * Soccer The Baltimore Bays under-15 boys soccer team successfully defended its national title, beating Solar (Tenn.), 2-1, in the Adidas Cup on Saturday night in Little Rock, Ark. Tournament Most Valuable Player Julian Griggs and Mamadou Kansaye scored, and Geaton Caltabino had both assists. Goalie Tim Peitsch won Golden Glove honors.

* Arena footballMatt D'Orazio threw seven touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown to lead the Philadelphia Soul to its first Arena Bowl victory, beating the San Jose SaberCats, 59-56, in New Orleans.

* Boxing Antonio Margarito stopped Miguel Cotto in the 11th round Saturday night in Las Vegas, blemishing Cotto's unbeaten record and claiming the WBA 147-pound title.

* Running Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia upset Patrick Makau of Kenya in the men's NYC Half-Marathon, and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya solidified her standing as a favorite in the Olympic marathon. Tola crossed in 1 hour, 58 seconds to edge Makau by one second. Ndereba finished in 1:10:19 to beat Madai Perez of Mexico (1:10:26).

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