Sony Open instant classic; CBS absent
As a dramatic men’s final at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker Sunday, Andy Murray waged a 28-shot exchange with David Ferrer, who was left so exhausted by the rally he crumpled to the court. And CBS viewers missed it. They also missed seeing Murray accept the trophy after he erased a championship point and rallied past Ferrer, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). An 11:30 a.m. start on Easter turned out not to be early enough for CBS; at 2 hours, 45 minutes, the match was the longest of the men’s tournament. The network cut away when the final went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA Tournament game between Michigan and Florida. Tennis Channel televised the end of the match, and CBS later showed a replay of match point. Sony Open tournament director Adam Barrett said CBS officials had a commitment to show basketball. The final was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. Ferrer appealed the call but lost, and he battled leg cramps in the tiebreaker.
Kentucky guard Harrow to transfer
Kentucky coach John Calipari said sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring to Georgia State. Calipari says he supports Harrow’s decision to be closer to his family in Atlanta. Calipari says the health of Harrow’s father played a role in the decision. Harrow averaged 9.3 points per game as a freshman at North Carolina State in the 2010-11 season before transferring to Kentucky. He sat out the Wildcats’ 2011-12 national championship season. Unless the NCAA grants a waiver that would allow him to play next season for Georgia State, he would lose a year of eligibility.
Gerrard’s goal caps Liverpool’s rally
Steven Gerrard’s tiebreaking penalty kick in the 60th minute helped Liverpool rally for a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa in London. Villa went ahead in the 31st minute on Christian Benteke’s 14th league goal of the season, but Jordan Henderson tied the score in the 47th minute . . . American defender Timmy Chandler returned from an ankle injury as Nuremberg rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Wolfsburg, 2-2, in Berlin . . . American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored a tying goal in the 58th minute of Puebla’s 2-1 loss at home to Tigres on Sunday in the Mexican first division. Beasley entered at the start of the second half. He played left back for the United States in its 0-0 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday night in Mexico City . . . Marseille beat host Nice, 1-0, on Andre-Pierre Gignac’s header in the 14th minute off a corner kick to move into second place in the French league. Paris Saint-Germain (18-5-7) leads by 7 points over Marseille (16-8-6) with eight games remaining . . . Sunderland took a gamble by hiring Paolo Di Canio as its new manager, empowering the inexperienced and outspoken Italian with the tough task of ensuring the relegation-threatened team retains its Premier League status. The appointment came a day after Martin O'Neill was fired following a poor run of results.
Bolt cruises to 150-meter crown in Rio
Usain Bolt opened his season with a 150-meter win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester in 2009. Antigua and Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey was second, ahead of Bruno Lins of Brazil and Alex Quinones of Ecuador. . . . Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Monday’s Stawell Gift handicap race in Melbourne, Australia, because of a nagging hamstring injury which forced him to pull up during the 100-meter final at the London Olympics . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Nick Foligno on injured reserve and recalled center Nick Drazenovic from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. . . Oxford won the annual university Boat Race, beating defending champion Cambridge by 1½ lengths to reverse last year’s results . . . Liaison won the $70,000 Santana Mile by a half-length over Midnight Transfer for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Liaison ran the distance in 1:36.36. The 4-year-old colt had been idle since losing the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 25.. . . Fabian Cancellara broke away on the final hill of the Tour of Flanders in Belgium to win the WorldTour cycling race ahead of Peter Sagan . . . Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title with a 224-179 win over Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis.