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Serena tops Kerber for Bank of West victory
First Published Aug 03 2014 07:23 pm • Last Updated Aug 03 2014 11:02 pm

Tennis • Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.

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Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.

Williams beat the left-handed Kerber for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six overall meetings. All of their matches have been in straight sets.

Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2. Williams saved two set points and went on a five-game run of her own.

The eighth-ranked Kerber forced a tiebreaker, where Williams took charge with five straight points to open.

Williams has beaten the left-handed Kerber four straight times and five of six overall. All of their matches have been in straight sets.

Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday. She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.

Air Force Academy begins investigation


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College athletics • The Air Force Academy said Sunday it has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs Gazette reported allegations of lax oversight and athlete misconduct.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy’s superintendent, released a statement acknowledging "troubling" behavior by some athletes and other cadets. She cited a 2011 party that eventually led to the court-martial and expulsions of several cadets, some for sexual misconduct.

Johnson told The Gazette that the academy inspector general’s office will look into the athletic department to determine whether sports programs promote the school’s ideals.

Johnson recently summoned coaches to a meeting and told them continued misconduct by athletes would put the school in a predicament like Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse, said Hans Mueh, the academy athletic director.

Dixon wins another at Mid-Ohio

Auto racing • Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s victory drought in 2014.

The 34-year-old Aussie, who started last in the 22-car field, also won on the twisty road course between Cleveland and Columbus in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including all four of Dixon’s triumphs. It finally broke through in a familiar place.

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