Venus Williams wins WTA Elite Open ZHUHAI, China (AP): Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy yesterday. Pliskova had a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, but Williams hit back-to-back forehand winners to close out the win. “Seven weeks here in Asia, and now I feel like it’s my home,” Williams said. “I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here, and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm.” With her third win of the year, Williams returns to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. Ajax draw 1-1 at Feyenoord ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): A deflected Davy Klaassen shot earned Ajax a 1-1 draw at arch-rivals Feyenoord yesterday and kept the Amsterdam club on top of the Dutch Eredivisie. Defending champions PSV Eindhoven overtook Feyenoord to move to second by beating Utrecht 3-1. Feyenoord, which knocked Ajax out of the Dutch cup less than two weeks ago, took a deserved lead when Dirk Kuyt passed to Sven van Beek, who finished from close range in the 38th minute. Klaassen equalised in the 59th when his shot deflected off Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo into the goal. Bradley stops Rios in 9th round of title bout LAS VEGAS (AP) : Timothy Bradley won a fight he needed badly Saturday night, stopping Brandon Rios in the ninth round to stake his claim for a title in a welterweight division that is wide open following Floyd Mayweather Jr’s retirement. Bradley (33-1-1) dominated from the opening bell against a sluggish Rios (33-3-1), using his speed and superior boxing skills to win round after round, before suddenly dropping Rios with a left hook to the body in the ninth round. Rios got up at the count of eight, but offered no resistance to Bradley when the fight resumed, and quickly went down under another flurry of punches at 2:49 of the round.
There was a lot more distance between the teams in the first two periods as the Ducks scored two goals within 32 seconds in the opening period and used the four-goal barrage in the second to take a 6-1 lead. Rob Niedermayer had a goal and two assists and Chris Pronger also assisted on two goals for the Ducks, who had their full roster healthy for the first time since December. Photo gallery: Ducks vs Sharks SAN JOSE – Travis Moen’s second goal capped Anaheim’s four-goal second period, and the Ducks won the front half of a key home- and-home series with the San Jose Sharks, 7-4, on Tuesday night. The Sharks hoped to sweep the two games to move into first place in the Pacific Division, but now need a win tonight in Anaheim just to remain within three points of the Ducks. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had a groin injury in Anaheim’s last trip to the Shark Tank on Dec. 26, which helped San Jose close a 12-point gap in the division to three. The Ducks won just twice in the 11 games Giguere missed, but have won three of four since his return. He had 34 saves against the Sharks, allowing a pair of third-period goals to Jonathan Cheechoo that helped make the final margin respectable for San Jose. Mike Grier and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who allowed the most goals they had all season at home. San Jose has won just once in its last five games. Samuel Pahlsson, Andy McDonald, Dustin Penner and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!