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Andy Murray wins Sony Open final over David Ferrer | Tennis
Murray rallies to beat Ferrer
in Sony Open final in Florida
As a dramatic men's final at the Sony Open neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker, Andy Murray of Britain waged a 28-shot exchange with David Ferrer, who was left so exhausted by the point he crumpled to the court in Key Biscayne, Fla.
CBS viewers missed it. They also missed seeing Murray accept the trophy after he erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past Spaniard Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
An 8:30 a.m. PDT start to the telecast turned out not to be early enough for CBS. The network cut away when the final went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of an NCAA basketball tournament game between Michigan and Florida.
"It's obviously a shame that people didn't get to see the end of what I think was a pretty exciting match," Murray said. "But that's the way it goes sometimes."
Tennis Channel televised the end of the match, and CBS later showed a replay of match point.
"We stayed with tennis as long as we could," a CBS spokeswoman said.
The final was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes. At 2 hours, 45 minutes, the match was the longest of the men's tournament.
Sony Open director Adam Barrett said CBS officials had a commitment to show basketball.
Crosby has a broken jaw
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Crosby, the league's leading scorer, had oral surgery Saturday night. Replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift.
After a shot from teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off an Islanders player, an unsuspecting Crosby was struck by the puck
Crosby immediately collapsed to the ice, his stick flying from his grip. A pool of blood formed on the ice before the medical staff came out. Crosby, who wears a visor that covers the top third of his face, headed to the locker room under his own power.
The Penguins, who have won 15 straight games, host Buffalo on Tuesday.
Track and field
Bolt's run is a day at the beach
Usain Bolt of Jamaica opened his season with a victory at 150 meters on a four-lane track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bolt, a winner of six Olympic gold medals, prevailed in 14.42 seconds. He set a world-best mark of 14.35 in 2009 in Manchester, England.
Weber equals Anthony's record
Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony's record by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title.
Weber, a 50-year-old from St. Ann, Mo., defeated Australian Jason Belmonte 224-179 in the Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis.
Anthony, who died in 2001, was raised in Tacoma.
Beckham says he feels fit
David Beckham is back to full match fitness, just in time for Paris Saint-Germain.
Beckham said he is ready to start in the team's biggest match in recent history when it takes on FC Barcelona in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal Tuesday.
"I feel great. I feel fit enough to start in every game," said the 37-year-old Beckham, a former England captain. "Every player wants to play against the best players and the best teams."
PSG has not played in the quarterfinals of the Champions League since 1995.
Sunderland hires manager
Sunderland of the English Premier League hired Paolo Di Canio, 44, as manager, one day after firing Martin O'Neill, 61.
• Oxford won the 159th university Boat Race in London, beating the defending-champion Cambridge crew by 1 ½ lengths with an estimated 250,000 people lining the banks of the River Thames in frigid conditions.
Oxford covered the 4 ¼-mile course in 17 minutes, 27 seconds. Cambridge leads the competition 81-77, with one dead heat.
"We had a plan and we stuck to it ruthlessly," Oxford coxswain Oskar Zorrilla said.
• RadioShack Leopard rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland broke away on the final hill of the Ronde of Flanders classic cycling race in Belgium and beat Cannondale rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia by 1 minute, 27 seconds.
Cancellara's time for 159.1 miles was 6 hours, 6 minutes, 1 second.
Garmin-Sharp's Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was 46th.
• The Frozen Four in the NCAA men's hockey tournament is set. In semifinal games April 11 in Pittsburgh, top-seeded Quinnipiac (29-7-5) of Connecticut will play St. Cloud State (25-15-1) of Minnesota and Yale (20-12-3) will face Massachusetts-Lowell (28-10-2). The winners play for the NCAA championship April 13.
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