Raonic Wins ATP’s First All-Canadian Final
Washington — With a red-and-white maple leaf flag draped on the table in front of him and a crystal trophy nearby marking his victory in the first all-Canadian ATP final, Milos Raonic already was thinking about what’s up ahead.
Thanks to a dominant serve and an increasingly versatile game, the second-seeded Raonic earned his sixth career title by beating 13th-seeded Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday at the Citi Open.
Not allowing himself much time to celebrate, Raonic planned to fly to Canada later Sunday for Toronto’s Rogers Cup — another chance to demonstrate on hard courts that he is ready to follow up his semifinal showing at Wimbledon with a deep run at the U.S. Open. The year’s last Grand Slam tournament begins Aug. 25.
“Sometimes I can get caught up in what the next goal is — the bigger goal,” said the 23-year-old Raonic, who will equal his career-best ranking today by rising one spot to No. 6. “And that’s about not losing too much energy this week, being the best I can tennis-wise and physical-wise and mentally for next week.”
In the Citi Open women’s final, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, won her first WTA title since 2010 by beating unseeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Serena Takes Stanford
Stanford, Calif. — Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic.
The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.
Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced today. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.
Ogilvy Claims Reno
Reno, Nev. — Geoff Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship after nearly skipping the event following another disappointing finish last week in the Canadian Open.
Ogilvy won his eighth PGA Tour title and first since 2010 at Kapalua, scoring five points with a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 13th and pulling away for a five-point victory in the modified Stableford event.
Real Madrid Signs Costa Rican GK
Madrid — Real Madrid says it has signed Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Levante following his stellar World Cup.
The Champions League winner said on its website Sunday that Navas agreed to a six-year deal and will be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday after a medical exam.
The club did not disclose financial details.
Navas was one of Costa Rica’s best players in its surprising run to the quarterfinals at the World Cup in Brazil. It beat Uruguay, Italy and Greece before losing a penalty-kick shootout to the Netherlands. Navas made a string of saves in that quarterfinal in which Costa Rica held the Dutch to a 0-0 tie through 120 minutes.
Texas opens camp with dismissals, suspensions
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By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas — New Texas coach Charlie Strong opened his first training camp Sunday by announcing the suspension of three potential starters, and confirmed the dismissal of several other players for legal troubles and team rules violations.
Strong said offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner all will miss at least one game for rules violations.
Strong wouldn’t detail the violations, but said they ran counter to his team rules of honesty, treating women with respect, no drugs and no guns,
Strong also said wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were suspended after being arrested on rape charges, will not be allowed back regardless of how their cases turn out.
Texas hired Strong from Louisville to replace Mack Brown after 16 seasons.