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Roger Fed­erer used his fi­nesse and ar­se­nal of weapons to thwart John Is­ner’s pow­er­ful serve Sun­day, and the 37-year-old Swiss mae­stro won his fourth Mi­ami Open ti­tle, 6-1, 6-4, in just over an hour.

The Hard Rock Sta­dium cen­ter court crowd gave Fed­erer a loud ova­tion as he lifted his arms in tri­umph.

“We are all just in awe,” tour­na­ment di­rec­tor

a for­mer Top 10 player, said to Fed­erer dur­ing the tro­phy cer­e­mony.

It was Fed­erer’s sixth win over Is­ner in eight matches, and he im­proved to 16-1 life­time against Amer­i­cans in fi­nals.

“It’s been a su­per long jour­ney for me here,” Fed­erer said. “My first wild card was here, my first fi­nal in 2002 against I won the ju­nior world ti­tle in 1998 at Key Bis­cayne, and played ju­niors in Flamingo Park. Mi­ami’s al­ways been im­por­tant to me. To stand here now re­ally means a lot.”

Is­ner, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, stands 6-foot-10, tow­ers over his opponents, and re­lies on a lethal serve. But on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Fed­erer dis­armed him with his shot va­ri­ety and re­turn of serve. Go­ing into the fi­nal match Is­ner had won all 10 sets he played at this Mi­ami Open, and nine of those were in tiebreak­ers.

Women’s hockey league closes

The Cana­dian Women’s Hockey League will cease op­er­a­tions ef­fec­tive May 1 due to the busi­ness model prov­ing to be eco­nom­i­cally un­sus­tain­able.

Founded in 2007 by play­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, the league’s man­date was to grow the sport of women’s hockey. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, it achieved that goal as 175,000 fans tuned in to watch the 12th edi­tion of the Clark­son Cup, a record for view­er­ship.

“We thank our fans for cheer­ing on their favourite player and favourite teams, our sponsors for help­ing fund the growth of women’s hockey, and our part­ner­ships with the NHLPA, Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Cal­gary Flames,” the board of di­rec­tors said in the re­lease. “We would like to ac­knowl­edge the man­age­ment and play­ers of Team KRS for their com­mit­ment to the CWHL and growth of women’s hockey in China, and On­tario Women’s Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, Hockey Canada, and the NHL for their sup­port.”

If and how this will af­fect the Na­tional Women’s Hockey League, of which the Buf­falo Beauts are a mem­ber, re­mains to be seen.

Rooney, D.C. United pre­vail

Wayne Rooney scored his fourth goal of the sea­son on a sen­sa­tional free kick and added his third as­sist on an­other set piece as D.C. United held on for a 2-1 vic­tory over Orlando City SC on Sun­day night at Orlando City Sta­dium in Florida.

added his first goal of the sea­son for D.C. (3-0-1, 10 points), which se­cured its first away vic­tory since de­feat­ing San Jose on May 19 of 2018 to move back atop the East­ern Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

D.C. de­fender ex­ited af­ter 15 min­utes, blood­ied from an ap­par­ent head in­jury fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Orlando de­fender

scored his third goal of the sea­son for Orlando (1-2-2, 5 points).

The Li­ons out­shot the Black-and-Red 16-4 and held 54 per­cent of the pos­ses­sion, but could not find the equal­izer. United’s made four saves.

Sala­manca base­ball holds fundrais­ers

Sala­manca High’s base­ball will hold two fundrais­ers to sup­port its spring break trip to play five games in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

On Satur­day, a Hel­met Drive, so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions at Sala­manca’s three ma­jor in­ter­cep­tions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On April 13, a chicken bar­beque will be held at the Sala­manca Amer­i­can Le­gion on Wild­wood Av­enue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able from any var­sity player. A $12 do­na­tion a din­ner of half Smitty’s BBQ chicken with sides of bake beans and salt pota­toes and a drink will be served.

In other high school base­ball news:

• The Ken­more East and Ken­more West base­ball teams will hold a mat­tress sale fundraiser from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Satur­day in in the old gym at Ken­more West High School. All name brand mat­tresses with fac­tory war­ranties and all avail­able sizes will be sold at costs of 40 to 60 per­cent be­low re­tail. A full show­room will be set up with ex­pe­ri­enced sales per­son­nel. Con­tact Ken­more East coach Les­lie Si­mon at 861-2061 or Ken­more West coach John Haynes at 628-1710.

Dae­men’s Sischo earns hon­ors

Dae­men sopho­more cen­ter An­drew Sischo as named to the Di­vi­sion II Con­fer­ence Com­mis­sioner As­so­ci­a­tion (D2CCA) All-Amer­ica men’s bas­ket­ball se­cond team.

The East Coast Con­fer­ence and D2CCA East Re­gion Player of the Year, Sischo av­er­aged 20.9 points and 10.1 re­bounds per game while lead­ing Dae­men to its finest sea­son at the NCAA Di­vi­sion II level.

The Wild­cats posted a 24-6 record and made their first NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance.

The 6-foot-9 Sischo, who is from Guilder­land, is the third Dae­men player to garner All-Amer­ica hon­ors in NCAA Di­vi­sion II. (2014-15) and

(2015-16) earned honor­able men­tion All-Amer­ica.

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