Sports shorts: Murray seizes title after CBS cuts away

2013-04-01T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Murray seizes title after CBS cuts awayStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - As a dramatic men's final at the Sony Open neared its conclusion in a winner-take-all tiebreaker, Andy Murray waged a 28-shot exchange with David Ferrer, who was left so exhausted by the rally he crumpled to the court.

CBS viewers missed it. They also missed seeing Murray accept the trophy after he erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

An 11:30 a.m. start on Easter 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 the NCAA 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."

UA Sports

Wildcats sit in 6th at SDSU Farms event

Manon Gidali shot an even-par 72 Sunday as the Arizona women's golf team moved to sixth after the first day of the SDSU Farms Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Gidali tied for second, two shots behind leader Hana Lee of Northwestern, while the Wildcats (18-over 306) trailed team leader USC (298) by eight strokes.

• In men's tennis Sunday, host UA fell to Oregon 6-1.

Miscellaneous

Bolt cruises to first win of season

RIO DE JANEIRO - Usain Bolt opened his season with a 150-meter win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester in 2009. Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey was second, ahead of Bruno Lins of Brazil and Alex Quinones of Ecuador in Rio, the host city for the 2016 Olympics.

• In soccer, Steven Gerrard's tiebreaking penalty kick in the 60th minute past U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan helped Liverpool rally for a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday, boosting its hopes of playing in the Europa League next season.

• In cycling, Fabian Cancellara broke away on the final hill of the Ronde of Flanders and finished the Brussels classic in his time-trial style to win the WorldTour race ahead of Slovak Peter Sagan. The victory makes Cancellara the favorite for next Sunday's Paris-Roubaix classic, after Belgian Tom Boonen crashed our early in the Ronde.

• In boxing, Mike Alvarado avenged an October loss to Brandon Rios with a narrow but unanimous 12-round decision over Rios (31-1-1) late Saturday in Las Vegas, leading to talk of a third fight between the 140-pound fighters. Alvarado (34-1) came on strong in the late rounds to win 115-113 on two scorecards and 114-113 on the other.

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