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Associated Press

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 5:05 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 5:05 AM

TENNIS

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams won her fifth U.S. Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final.

It was the toughest test these two weeks for the top-ranked Williams, who also beat No. 2 Azarenka in three sets in last year's final.

Williams hadn't lost a set in her previous six matches but was bothered by the swirling air and Azarenka's strong play. Seemingly in control in the second set, Williams was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 and 6-5.

After Azarenka took the tiebreaker, Williams chucked her racket, and it bounced onto the court.

But Williams regained control in the third set, breaking for a 3-1 lead when Azarenka double-faulted.

OLYMPICS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Wrestling, a sport as ancient as the games themselves, is back in the Olympics after seven months in limbo and even more determined to keep its place for centuries to come.

The International Olympic Committee fixed what it admits was a big mistake, voting wrestling back onto the program for the 2020 and 2024 Games.

Presenting new leadership and a revamped sport, wrestling easily defeated bids from baseball-softball and squash to regain its Olympic status. Wrestling received 49 votes to win in the first round of the secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee, while baseball-softball got 24 votes and squash 22.

The result capped a frantic six-month campaign by the wrestling body FILA to save its Olympic status after the IOC executive board surprisingly cut it from the list of core sports in February.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The International Olympic Committee went for a familiar, trusted host, selecting Tokyo for the 2020 Games and signaling that playing it safe was preferable to more risky picks like Sochi and Rio.

With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reassuring IOC members on the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 Saturday in the final round of secret voting. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the "safe pair of hands" at a time of global political and economic turmoil — a message that clearly resonated with the IOC.

With Madrid's bid dogged by questions over Spain's economic crisis and Istanbul handicapped by political unrest and the civil war in neighboring Syria, Tokyo offered the fewest risks.

GOLF

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States' 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup, beating England's Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America.

The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.

The U.S. leads the series 35-8-1. In 2011, Britain and Ireland won 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.

The 35-year-old Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with pars and ended the match with a halve for bogey on the par-4 15th.

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic, beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.

Svoboda tapped in for par on the par-5 18th, and won when MacKenzie — who eagled the hole in regulation — missed a 5-footer. Svoboda shot a 2-under 70 to match MacKenzie at 12 under. MacKenzie finished with a 67.

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) — Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.

The 50-year-old Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu's Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas and Southern California dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after ugly losses and Miami jumped in at No. 15 after its biggest victory in a while.

Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week, heading into a much-anticipated rematch with No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday. Oregon is No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Ohio State slipped one to No. 4. Stanford remains No. 5.

The Longhorns came into the weekend ranked 15th, but a 40-21 loss at BYU in which Texas allowed a school-record 550 yards rushing has Mack Brown's team unranked.

Southern California was No. 25 before a 10-7 loss at home to Washington State.

Miami is ranked for the first time since November 2010.

BASKETBALL

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tulsa's Riquna Williams broke the WNBA scoring record with 51 points in the Shock's 98-65 win agains the San Antonio Silver Stars.

The second-year guard out of Miami surpassed the previous record of 47 points set by Phoenix's Diana Taurasi against Houston on Aug. 10, 2006 and matched by Seattle's Lauren Jackson against Washington on July 24, 2007.

Williams, who came into the game averaging 14.4 points, was 17 for 28 from the field and hit eight 3-pointers for Tulsa. The 23-year-old had 20 points in the third quarter after scoring 16 in the first half.

AMERICA'S CUP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and stayed ahead of Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America's Cup by 8 seconds.

Finally, there were backslaps and smiles from the beleaguered defending champions.

It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle, which still has a long way to go to keep the oldest trophy in international sports. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta's 162-year history. That meant the Americans started at minus-2.

Oracle needs to win 10 more races to keep the silver trophy.

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