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Sports briefs: Serena Williams cruises to Rogers Cup championship
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Tennis • Serena Williams breezed to her third Rogers Cup title Sunday with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea in Toronto.

This was Williams' eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career. She didn't drop a set all week and lost only 22 games, almost half that total against third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a semifinal that proved her only real test in this U.S. Open tuneup.

With the absence of top-five players Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, and the early exit of Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli, all because of injury, Williams faced few obstacles in her path to the title.

"No tournament is ever easy, especially being in the position I am in," she said. "The tournament starts and they expect you to win. And the tournament is like, 'You're going to be in the final and after your semifinal I want you to do this, and you have to do this and this press.' Who knows if I'll even make it to the semifinals? It's a lot of pressure. It's not easy."

• Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal, spoiling Raonic's bid to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 55 years.

Manchester United wins Moyes' debut

SOCCER • However — and whenever — David Moyes' Manchester United career ends, the first trophy he lifted is unlikely to be considered a defining moment.

In fact, Moyes considers the Community Shield — collected after United beat Wigan 2-0 in London — to be the 50th and final title of Alex Ferguson's illustrious managerial career that ended in May. "It was his team that won the Premier League," Moyes said, "so today's is really Sir Alex's."

For the former Everton manager, who was hand-picked by Ferguson to succeed him after nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, the traditional meeting of the league and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium to open the English season was all about avoiding embarrassment.

And Robin van Persie's double against the FA Cup winners will lift some of the anxieties around United following a lackluster run of preseason results before its Premier League title defense begins next weekend.

• Landon Donovan scored his fourth career MLS hat trick, but Blas Perez scored his second goal in the 86th minute to lift FC Dallas into a 3-3 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Frisco, Texas.

From wire reports

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