Sports in Brief: Serena Williams wins record-tying sixth title

Posted: April 01, 2013

In Key Biscayne, Fla., Serena Williams claimed a record-tying sixth Sony Open title Saturday, winning the last 10 games to sweep Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Williams joins Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, and Martina Navratilova as the only women to have won any event six times.

COLLEGES: Spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal, Steve Alford was hired as the new UCLA men's basketball coach.

Alford's deal with the Bruins is for $18.2 million over seven years. He said his sons Bryce and Kory would follow him to UCLA.

NFL: A person familiar with the talks confrmed an ESPN report that the Buffalo Bills were close to signing former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Free agent defensive tackle Derek Landri, another former Eagle, has agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Baltimore Sun.

HORSE RACING: The Shug McGaughey-trained Orb, who entered the Florida Derby with enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, won the prep race by catching Itsmyluckyday inside the eighth pole and drawing clear to win by 23/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Itsmyluckyday earned 40 points by taking second to also qualify.

In New Orleans, Revolutionary made a late surge to hold off Mylute in the 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, won the world's richest horse race on an all-weather track, holding off a fast-charging Red Cadeaux to win by two lengths down the straight and take the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

SOCCER: Despite Lionel Messi's 19th straight league goal, Spanish leaders Barcelona stumbled to a 2-2 tie at Celta Vigo.

Manchester United's surge to a record 20th English title gathered more steam with a 1-0 win on a Titus Bramble own goal at Sunderland. The Black Cats fired manager Martin O'Neill after the game.

In Major League Soccer, 19-year-old American under-23 star Jose Villarreal scored on a bicycle kick in the 92d minute to give Los Angeles a 2-2 tie with Toronto FC in Galaxy star Landon Donovan's return. Donovan came on as a substitute in the 61st minute, but scuffed his one scoring chance.

Italian league leaders Juventus got goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri to beat host Inter Milan, 2-1.

GOLF: Stewart Cink shot a 4-under 68 to grab a share of the lead with Bill Haas at the Houston Open.

Marcel Siem shot a 3-under 69 to extend his lead to four shots at the Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco.

- Staff and wire reports

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