Davenport captures 50th career title
In Filderstadt, Germany, Lindsay Davenport earned her 50th career title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Amelie Mauresmo at the Porsche Grand Prix.
The American became the 10th player to reach that milestone, relying on her big serve for her 10th straight win against Mauresmo.
"I was really, really excited to get 50 titles and get it so quickly," the 29-year-old Davenport said after winning her fifth title of the year at the $650,000 tournament.
She raced to a 5-1 lead in just 17 minutes by overpowering the fourth-ranked Frenchwoman with hard serves and returns that had Mauresmo scrambling to avoid breaks.
- In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dutch teenager Michaella Krajicek won her first career WTA title, beating Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the final of the Tashkent Open.
- In Metz, France, third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, of Croatia, beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils, of France, 7-6 (7), 6-0 to win the Open de Moselle.
- In Tokyo, South Africa's Wesley Moodie recovered from an unsteady start to claim the Japan Open with a 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Mario Ancic.
Raikkonen catches up for win in Japan
In Suzuka, Japan, Kimi Raikkonen overtook Giancarlo Fisichella in the final laps to claim a stunning win at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen started from the 17th spot on the grid after he was penalized 10 places for changing the engine in his McLaren due to a mishap in practice Saturday.
Fisichella's Renault teammate, world champion Fernando Alonso, finished third. That ensures that Renault's constructor's championship battle against McLaren will not be decided until the final race of the season at Shanghai next week.
Brown must monitor own health as well
In Charleston, S.C., with Knicks center Eddy Curry medically cleared to play, head coach Larry Brown now has to worry about himself.
Brown missed 17 games last season when he developed a bladder problem after having hip surgery. But the Brooklyn native doesn't foresee himself missing any games this season.
"Yeah I think so," Brown said about coaching the entire 82-game schedule. "I'll know a little bit more in the next week or so."
When asked if he felt better than last year during the Detroit Pistons run to the finals Brown laughed and replied, "What day?"
"I feel the same," he said. "You know mentally I had some issues and they're still going to be there, but I'm excited about what I'm doing and moving on."
Red Wings put out Flames at home
In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and three assists and the Detroit Red Wings scored five power-play goals in a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Mikael Samuelsson, and Robert Lang each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and Jason Williams collected two assists.
Roman Hamrlik had a goal and an assist for the Flames and Rhett Warrener and Chuck Kobasew got the team's other two tallies.
Detroit dominated the first period with three power-play goals as it outshot Calgary 22-4.
Lidstrom opened the scoring on a one-time slap shot from the right point at 4:31.
Shanahan made it 2-0 when he tipped in Lidstrom's shot at eight minutes and Samuelsson tipped in Jiri Fischer's blast from the point with 3:32 left to complete the scoring for the period.
The Red Wings were 3-for-7 with the man-advantage in the period. Detroit finished the game 5-for-9 on the power-play.
- In Atlanta, the Thrashers sent Tomas Kloucek to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Kloucek played in one of the Thrashers' first three games. His departure left Atlanta with six defensemen on its 23-man roster.
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