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Sports briefs: Murray outlasts Ferrer at Sony Open

Published March 31, 2013 5:31 pm

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TENNIS • As a dramatic men's final at the Sony Open neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker, Andy Murray waged a 28-shot exchange with David Ferrer, who was left so exhausted by the rally he crumpled to the court.

CBS viewers missed it. They also missed seeing Murray accept the trophy after he erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in Key Biscayne, Fla.

CBS cut away when the final went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Florida.

"It's obviously a shame that people didn't get to see the end of what I think was a pretty exciting match," Murray said. "But that's the way it goes sometimes."

The final was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34.

One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. Ferrer appealed the call but lost, and he battled leg cramps in the tiebreaker.

Weber ties mark by winning 10th major

BOWLING • Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 win over Australian Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis.

Bolt opens season with victory in 150

TRACK AND FIELD • Usain Bolt opened his season with a 150-meter win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester in 2009.

From wire reports