Roddick drops final to Murray in Qatar

In Doha, Qatar, Andy Murray won his second consecutive Qatar Open after defeating Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-2.

Murray showed no signs of a back injury that bothered him during Friday's semifinal win over Roger Federer . He converted all three break points against Roddick in the tune-up ahead of the Australian Open.

- In Chennai, India, third-seeded Marin Cilic reached the final of the Chennai Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marcel Granollers .

Cilic will face wild-card Somdev Devvarman , who advanced after Rainer Schuettler withdrew with a wrist injury.

- In Brisbane, Australia, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka won her first WTA Tour title, overpowering Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-1 at the Brisbane International.

In today's men's final, Fernando Verdasco will play Radek Stepanek , who beat Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in their semifinal. Verdasco had 6-2, 6-1 victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu in the other semifinal.

- In Hong Kong, Venus Williams dominated Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2 to give Team Americas the win over Russia in a team tournament.

Winter Sports

American gets win in two-man bobsled

In Koenigssee, Germany, Shauna Rohbock of the United States captured her first World Cup win of the season in the two-man bobsled to move into second place in the overall standings.

In the men's competition, Thomas Florschuetz won his second event in a row in the men's two-man.

- In Adelboden, Switzerland, Benjamin Raich won the classic men's World Cup giant slalom on the steep Kuonisbaergli course, when American Bode Miller failed to complete a race for the eighth time in 16 events.

- In Maribor, Slovenia, Tina Maze won a women's World Cup giant slalom. American Lindsey Vonn finished seventh to gain ground in the overall standings.

- In Heerenveen, Netherlands speedskater Sven Kramer moved closer to claiming his third consecutive European all-around title by winning the men's 1,500 meters. In women's events, Claudia Pechstein won the 3,000 to take the lead in the overall standings.


Jagr leads team to win at all-star game

In Moscow, with the Kremlin walls and domes of St. Basil's Cathedral as backdrops, an international squad led by Jaromir Jagr beat an all-Russian team 7-6 in the Continental Hockey League's All-Star game in Red Square.

Marcel Hossa scored three goals while goaltender Robert Esche and former Ottawa Senator Ray Emery provided strong play for the winning team. The Russian team featured former NHL star in Alexei Yashin .

- In Fussen, Germany, the United States won the world women's under-18 hockey championship, defeating Canada 3-2 on Kendall Coyne 's goal in overtime.


Beckham benched for AC Milan match

David Beckham won't start today in his Serie A debut against AS Roma in Rome.

"Beckham is ready to play even though he's been inactive for two months, but it's difficult to start him in the match against Roma," AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti told the ANSA news agency.

Ancelotti added that the former England captain, who is on a three-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, was "ready to give an important contribution" to the Milan squad.


Sorenstam marries month after retiring

In Orlando, Fla., Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee were married, four weeks after the Swedish golf star ended her Hall of Fame career.

About 125 guests attended the afternoon ceremony and evening reception at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. McGee, the son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee , has served as managing director for her business brand since December 2006.



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