Sports briefsDjokovic wins 1st grand slam MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic fended off unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the Australian Open final Sunday, earning his first Grand Slam title. No. 3-ranked Djokovic’s win broke a sequence of 11 straight majors won by either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal since Marat Safin’s triumph at the 2005 Australian championship.
Djokovic wins 1st grand slam
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic fended off unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the Australian Open final Sunday, earning his first Grand Slam title.
No. 3-ranked Djokovic’s win broke a sequence of 11 straight majors won by either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal since Marat Safin’s triumph at the 2005 Australian championship.
Maria Sharapova won the women’s title without dropping a set, ending former Grand Slam winner Lindsay Davenport’s great comeback run after maternity leave, then top-ranked Justine Henin’s 32-match winning streak before beating Ana Ivanovic in the final Saturday.
Wins by two
KAHUKU, Hawaii — Jerry Pate handled the howling wind to win the Turtle Bay Championship, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Jim Thorpe and senior rookie Fulton Allem.
Pate, four strokes behind leader Gil Morgan after the second round, breezed to a 5-under 211 total for his first victory in 39 starts and second career Champions Tour title.
Allem (73) and Thorpe (74) each birdied the final hole to tie for second.
ST. PAUL — Evan Lysacek won his second straight title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Sunday, though the results will show him with the same score as Johnny Weir. The two — who have combined to win the last five U.S. crowns — both finished with 244.77 points. But Lysacek won the free skate, and that’s the tiebreaker.
Fans didn’t quite know what to do with that. The scoreboard showed the two as even, and they booed when Weir was announced as the runner-up.
Just wait until next year, though. Odds are, these two will be at it again.
Stephen Carriere, last year’s world junior champion, was third with 228.06 points.
Superior’s Angie Lien finished 20th in Saturday’s Senior Ladies Free Skate and 17th in the overall standings.
ATLANTA — Marc Savard scored the winner, Rick Nash scored three goals, Eric Staal scored a brand new truck.
Savard, known for more for his passing than shooting, found an open net with 20.9 seconds left to lift the Eastern Conference to an 8-7 win over the West on Sunday night.
Suddenly, Atlanta was home again for the Boston Bruins forward. While the Thrashers faithful chanted and cheered for current favorite Ilya Kovalchuk, they showed a little love for Savard, who turned a 21?2-year stop in Atlanta into a lucrative free-agent deal with Boston before last season.
The West started fast, then got buried. They rallied in the second, caught up in the third and even went ahead. They had Nash’s hat trick to thank for that, and solid play from MVP Eric Staal and Savard to lament.
After the West erased a 5-1 deficit to go ahead 7-6, Staal and Savard put the East on top in the Deep South.
WASHINGTON — Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca was scheduled to have surgery on his left knee today to repair what his agent called a minor meniscus tear.
Lo Duca is expected to need 3-6 weeks for full recovery.
Lo Duca, who signed a $5 million, one-year deal as a free agent this offseason, hurt himself during a workout last week and then had an MRI.
ASPEN, Colo. — Snowboarder Shaun White pulled off an improbable 1260 in difficult conditions, rebounding from a shaky performance in slopestyle the day before to win his record-tying seventh gold medal at the Winter X Games Sunday night.