Williams wins 54th title
At Toronto, Serena Williams won the Rogers Cup for the third time, routing unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in Sunday’s final. The world’s top-ranked woman captured her eighth WTA title of the year and 54th of her career. All three of her Rogers Cup crowns have come in Toronto, the others in 2001 and 2011. Williams has lost only one match since March, a stunning early exit at Wimbledon. ...
At Montreal, Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final, spoiling Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in the event in 55 years. Robert Bedard, the last Canadian to win what was then called the Canadian Open in 1955, was in attendance to see Nadal claim his third Rogers Cup title. The Spanish star also won in 2005 and 2008. ...
At San Diego, top-seeded Sachia Vickery beat second-seeded Alexandra Kiick 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 to win the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship. Vickery gets a wild card into the U.S. Open.
At Moscow, Usain Bolt won the 100-meter final at IAAF World Championships. Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. Gatlin was second and Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third. Also, Brittney Reese won her third straight long jump gold, while Ashton Eaton now possesses the world and Olympic decathlon titles. Two former Gamecocks also advanced. Natasha Hastings earned a spot in the women’s 400-meter dash finals and Jason Richardson moved on to the 110-meter hurdle semifinals.
Talley wins Women’s Am
At Charleston, Emma Talley won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, beating Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 at the Country Club of Charleston. Talley, the 19-year-old Princeton, Ky., player coming off her freshman season at Alabama, took a three-hole lead early in the afternoon round in the 36-hold final. Just as quickly, though, Feng won the next three holes to it. Talley moved in front for good when she rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 10, the 28th hole of the match. ...
USC sophomores Matt NeSmith and Will Starke will open play in the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday in Brookline, Mass. Both Gamecocks will tee off in the first round on the par-70, 6,574-yard course at Charles River Country Club. Half of the field will also play on the par-70, 7,310-yard layout at The Country Club on Monday. The golfers will switch courses for Tuesday’s second round.
Anderson wins AFT qualifier
Phillip Anderson of Saluda won the one-day D-96 qualifier on Lake Murray on Saturday, bringing in five fish at 12.68 pounds. He caught the tournament big fish that was 4.31 pounds. Don Kneece of Saluda was second, and Kevin Fulmer of Prosperity was third.
From Staff and Wire Reports