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Djokovic repels Federer s late rally

Djokovic repels Federer s late rally

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Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) Sunday to win his third BNP Paribas Open.

Federer rallied from a break down and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreaker, but he made a slew of mistakes to lose the 33rd meeting of the rivals.

Federer still leads the series 17-16, having beaten Djokovic in three sets in the semifinals at Dubai two weeks ago. Djokovic will remain No. 2 in the world, while Federer will rise three spots to No. 5 today in the ATP Tour rankings.

In the women's final, Flavia Pennetta routed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 for the biggest title of her career. It was Pennetta's first title since winning at Marbella in 2010.


BRONCOS: Denver agreed to a three-year contract with former Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders, a third-round draft pick in 2010, had 161 catches for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Steelers. He started 10 games for Pittsburgh last season.

JETS: New York re-signed former Wake Forest linebacker Calvin Pace for two years. Pace had a career- high 10 sacks in his sixth season in Rex Ryan's defense.


PGA: John Senden made two big birdies on a wild and windy day at Innisbrook for a 1-under 70 to win the Valspar Championship. Senden was tied for the lead when he chipped in from 70 feet on the 16th hole, then followed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Kevin Na shot 72 to finish one shot behind. Scott Langley, tied for the lead late in his round, had a 70 to finish third.

CHAMPIONS: Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic for his 10th tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory. Couples, 54, closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 15-under 198 at Newport Beach Country Club. Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Steve Pate tied for second. Reidsville native and Browns Summit resident Mike Goodes shot a final- round 71 to finish nine back and make $8,575.


BASEBALL: Zac Gallen picked up his second win of the year and Chris McCue got the final eight outs for his seventh save in as many tries as No. 13 North Carolina beat Maryland 9-4 in College Park, Md.... Princeton scored five times in the first inning and rolled to an 11-1 victory over UNCG in a rain-shortened series finale at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.... N.C. A&T went through nine Bethune-Cookman pitchers on its way to a 12-8 win in Daytona Beach, Fla.

WOMEN'S GOLF: High Point shot 301 in the second round of the Pinehurst Challenge and finished in third place out of 16 teams with a two-day total of 611. Grier Bennett shot an even-par 72 to lead the Panthers on the day.... A final-round 299, the lowest round posted by any team on Day 3, propelled Elon to a first-place finish at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational. The Phoenix claimed its first team title since September 2010 with a three-round score of 892 (293- 300-299). UNCG's Sammie Buchanan finished tied for 13th to lead the Spartans, who finished the three-day, 54-hole event in 14th place overall as a team.


BASEBALL: Masahiro Tanaka gave up one run and three hits in 416 innings in the New York Yankees' 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. Tanaka, who signed a $155 million, seven-year contract in January, struck out six and walked two. The Japanese star gave up an RBI double to Tommy La Stella in the fourth.

NHRA: Doug Kalitta and Robert Hight won the top two divisions at the NHRA Gatornationals. Kalitta beat former series champion Antron Brown in the Top Fuel division, and Hight topped his boss, 16-time champion John Force, in the Funny Car division.

RUNNING: Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai won the NYC Half to go with his titles in the last two New York City Marathons. Mutai ran the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 50 seconds. In the women's race, Kenya's Sally Kipyego set an event record of 1:08:31 in her distance debut.

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