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Sports briefs: Dolphins fan Serena Williams rallies to win Key Biscayne opener

Published March 20, 2014 11:42 pm

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TENNIS • Serena Williams capitalized on a critical double-fault Thursday by Yaroslava Shvedova to survive a 69-minute first set and win her opening match at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., 7-6 (7), 6-2. The top-ranked Williams seeks a record seventh Key Biscayne title. Williams, who owns a small share of the Miami Dolphins, wore a dress in the team's orange and turquoise colors.

Shiffrin wins GS

Skiing • Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin won the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships by nearly 2 seconds on Thursday in Squaw Valley, Calif. Shiffrin, 19, of Eagle-Vail, Colo., won her third U.S. title overall. Julia Mancuso, a four-time Olympic medalist who lives in Squaw Valley, was third. Also Thursday, three-time Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch, a 29-year-old German, said she is retiring from Alpine skiing.

UT Martin hires Heath Schroyer

COLLEGE BASKETBALL • UT Martin, in Martin, Tenn., has selected UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer to rebuild a program that has lost over 20 games in each of the last five seasons. Schroyer was an assistant coach at BYU under Steve Cleveland from 1997-2001.

The Associated Press