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Weekend Sports In Brief
June 9, 2014, 4:12 am

HORSE RACING

NEW YORK (AP) California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took "the coward's way out" by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Before a crowd of tens of thousands hoping to see history, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome's loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn was bitter about horses skipping the first two legs and then stealing the Belmont. Six of the last eight Belmont winners did just that.

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TENNIS

PARIS (AP) - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's final.

Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major to 35 straight.

PARIS (AP) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.

PARIS (AP) - Andy Murray hired former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo as his coach on Sunday, and will work with two-time Grand Slam winner at least through the grass-court season.

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SOCCER

SAO PAULO (AP) - The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.

Playing only its third match in nine months against a World Cup team, the U.S. defense appeared firmer in a 2-1 win over Nigeria following the decision to start both Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman in midfield. And Jozy Altidore broke a six-month scoreless streak for club and country with a pair of goals, including a flashy effort when he cut inside Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo and slotted in a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

LONDON (AP) - FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar came under further scrutiny as a British newspaper published new allegations that Mohamed Bin Hammam used his wealth and top level contacts to buy support for the oil-rich country's successful bid.

The Sunday Times, which last week claimed that the former FIFA Executive Committee member made payments totaling $5 million to senior football officials to seal support for Qatar, also accused Bin Hammam of using $1.7million to secure key Asian votes.

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AUTO RACING

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Brad Keselowski down the stretch to win a thriller Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt led only 11 laps but his No. 88 Chevrolet was the car to beat at the end, and he zipped past the dominant Keselowski, who had debris on his grille and a hot engine, with five laps remaining in the 400-mile race. Keselowski was second for the second straight race.

Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 and now has multiple wins in a season for the first time since 2004.

Keselowski had a runner-up finish to go with his 95 laps led. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and rookie Kyle Larson completed the top five.

MONTREAL (AP) - Daniel Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, breaking the Mercedes stranglehold on the Formula One circuit.

The Red Bull driver earned his first Formula One victory and the first win this year for any driver other than Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo passed Rosberg, the points leader and pole-sitter, with two laps to go. Hamilton was knocked out in the 48th lap with a brake problem.

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PRO BASKETBALL

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Donald Sterling still hasn't signed off on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, but believes the process is nearing completion.

Sterling still hasn't agreed to drop his lawsuit against Silver or the NBA. Silver said Sunday he understands the banned owner's frustrations, but adds that "I think it's over."

Silver also said that there is "absolutely no possibility" of rescinding the lifetime ban or $2.5 million fine he handed down to Sterling following his racist remarks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling would remain close to the organization under terms of the pending sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to two individuals close to the negotiations said on Saturday.

The individuals, who are not authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press the $2 billion deal allows for up to 10 percent of the team - or $200 million - to be spun off into a charitable foundation that Shelly Sterling would essentially run. The deal was negotiated by Shelly Sterling after husband Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner.

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GOLF

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Ben Crane won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title since 2011, closing with a 3-over 73 for a one-stroke victory over Troy Merritt.

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) - Inbee Park won the Manulife Financial Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in more than 11 months on Sunday, matching the course record with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory over Christie Kerr, who closed with a 62.

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) - Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk teamed to win the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf, and Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe topped the Legends Division for players 65 and older.

Sluman and Funk finished with a 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, to beat Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen by a stroke.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Johnny Manziel and the sons of Cal Ripken Jr. and Mariano Rivera were just a few of the familiar names selected on the final day of the Major league Baseball draft.

The sons of former big leaguers Bobby Bonilla, John Franco, Tom Browning, Benito Santiago and Magglio Ordonez were also taken as baseball's draft wrapped up Saturday after three days, 40 rounds and 1,215 players chosen.

Manziel, the Cleveland Browns quarterback, was taken by San Diego in the 28th round and listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M - although he never played for the Aggies. He last played baseball in high school and likely won't see the diamond again as he begins his NFL career.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will miss about three months to have surgery on a left ankle that's been bothering him all season.

The 28-year-old Moreland had to take over at first when Prince Fielder was sidelined for the season to have neck surgery.

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BOXING

NEW YORK (AP) - Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Sergio Martinez in their WBC world middleweight title fight Saturday night.

Martinez didn't get off the stool when the bell rang for the 10th round.

Cotto improved to 39-4 and is 8-1 at Madison Square Garden. Martinez fell to 51-3-2.

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - Oscar De La Hoya, who won Olympic gold and became a champion in six weight divisions in winning 10 world titles, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame's 25th class inducted Sunday also included two of De La Hoya's contemporaries in the modern era - Puerto Rican star Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe of Wales.

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CYCLING

LYON, France (AP) - British rider Chris Froome geared up for the Tour de France by winning the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday.

Froome won the eight-stage race last year. He completed the 10.4-kilometer time trial around Lyon in 13 minutes, 13 seconds.

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