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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.