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Henin-Hardenne wins over Sharapova

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Maria Sharapova, 7-5, 6-2, Saturday to win the Dubai Open, showing no signs of the shoulder injury that plagued her in 2005.

Henin-Hardenne, twice a champion in this event and unbeaten in Dubai in 12 consecutive matches, won for the second time this year.

"I am very happy with the way I played this week," the Belgian said. "It was a tough week with all the rain and us having to play two matches yesterday, but my body held up."

"I played a good match, but I guess I was a little tired from yesterday," Sharapova said. "But I am happy with the way the season is shaping up and I am looking forward to playing her again."

Henin-Hardenne, seeded fourth, has won all four of her matches with Sharapova since losing their first in Miami in 2005. This time, Henin-Hardenne mixed powerful forehands with backhand winners against the third-seeded Russian.


Haas still hot, moves to Memphis finals

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tommy Haas reached his second straight title match, defeating French qualifier Julien Benneteau, 6-3, 6-1, Saturday in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan championships.

Haas, who won two weeks ago in Delray Beach, Fla., will play for the title today against Robin Soderling, a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (5) winner over Kristof Vliegen of Belgium.

Meanwhile, Sofia Arvidsson became the WTA's fourth first-time winner on tour, beating Marta Domachowska of Poland, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in the Cellular South Cup.

Elsewhere in tennis:

In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic upset second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the final at the ABN Amro tournament. The sixth-seeded Stepanek will play Christophe Rochus, who edged Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to his first final of the season.

In Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, Olympic champion Nicolas Massu of Chile won the Brazil Open for his sixth ATP Tour title, beating Spain's Alberto Martin, 6-3, 6-4.


Colley's career done due to neck injury

NEW YORK -- Islanders forward Kevin Colley will end his hockey career after breaking his neck in a headfirst crash into the boards last month.

Colley, who played only 16 games in his first NHL season, told teammates at practice Friday that his career was over. He broke the fifth cervical vertebrae, but suffered no paralysis, while attempting a check on Washington's Jamie Heward on Jan. 31.

After two surgeries, the 27-year-old Colley said he feels "blessed that I am able to walk."

Islanders General Manager Mike Milbury praised Colley, who had no points and 52 penalty minutes this season.

"When you consider that Kevin gave everything he had every time he stepped on the ice, it's especially sad," Milbury said.


Gowdy goes past Fenway once again

BOSTON -- A banner hanging outside Fenway Park said it all: "Thanks, Curt," as Boston bid farewell Saturday to the man whose voice gave fans a front-row seat at events from the World Series to the Super Bowl.

Curt Gowdy's funeral procession circled the famed ballpark, pausing at the banner before heading to historic Trinity Church in Back Bay.

"He loved the city of Boston, he loved New England and he loved the Boston Red Sox," Curt Gowdy Jr. said at the church. "He's smiling right now and thanking all of you."

Gowdy died at 86 Monday of leukemia at his winter home in Palm Beach, Fla.

He had kept a home in the Boston area since 1951, when he began a 15-year run as play-by-play broadcaster for the Red Sox.


Morrill hits six at Buffalo Raceway

Harness horse driving sensation Jim Morrill Jr. won six races and finished second four times in his 12 starts at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.

Morrill -- who has won 34 races in six nights this season -- drove winners Hello No No ($3.80), Maddie's Cam ($3), Meigs Noble Sammy ($2.80), New York Knight N ($3.40), Falconbridge N ($3.30) and Jimmy Crack Cohen ($2.40). He also finished second with Favorite Sound, Zack Mack, El Paso Hanover and MB Babylone.


WSRC rowers shine in Boston event

The West Side Rowing Club had two rowers finish ninth Saturday at the 25th Crash-B Indoor Rowing Championships.

Canisius senior Antonio Sirianni was ninth of 150 participants in the boys youth division with a 2,000-meter time of 6:36.0 at the prestigious event at Boston University. City Honors senior Kate Mullen was ninth of 180 rowers in the girls youth division at 7:27.6. Both Sirianni and Mullen will row at Yale next year.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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