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Sports briefs: Juan Martin del Potro wins Sydney International title

First Published Jan 11 2014 05:30 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:33 pm

TENNIS • Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro outclassed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1 Saturday in a 53-minute final of the Sydney (Australia) International.

Del Potro finished the match with his eighth ace and made only four unforced errors in securing his 18th career title and first in Sydney.

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In Auckland, New Zealand, John Isner had 23 aces in a match which had no service breaks to beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) in the final of the Heineken Open.

In the WTA event at Hobart, Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza defeated Klara Zakapalova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-0 to claim her first singles title.

Missouri receiver arrested in drug case

COLLEGE FOOTBALL • Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in southwest Missouri after an officer found about a pound of marijuana in the vehicle he was in with two other men. Green-Beckham, a sophomore who led No. 5 Missouri in receptions last season, and the other men were booked into the Greene County jail on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance. All three were released without bond or charges while the case is investigated.

Green-Beckham, John W. McDaniel and Patrick Prouty were pulled over late Friday because the vehicle McDaniel was driving had expired license plates, police said. The statement said the officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle and found "approximately a pound of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia" in the vehicle.

• Florida receiver Solomon Patton had 98 all-purpose yards and set up all three touchdowns to help the American squad to a 20-3 victory over the National team at the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C. The game between college seniors was played at Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.


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Chelsea moves to top of Premier League

SOCCER • Chelsea moved provisionally atop the English Premier League by beating Hull 2-0 on Saturday, while reigning champion Manchester United ended a sorry run of three straight defeats.

Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight win for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively.

United’s 2-0 win over Swansea keeps coach David Moyes’ seventh-place team in touch with the top four. Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck scored goals in a 13-minute span at the start of the second half for United.



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