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St. Joe's, Canisius advance

Rivals Canisius and St. Joe's will meet for the title of the Monsignor Martin Association League AA boys soccer title following semifinal wins Sunday.

St. Joe's (8-1 league) and Canisius (6-3) will meet for the crown Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Canisius complex in West Seneca. All of Canisius' three league losses are to St. Joe's.

Canisius advanced with a 2-0 win over Nichols as Matt Lee scored late in first half and Austin Zaepfael added another goal midway through second half. Brendan Stone had eight saves for the shutout.

Julian Olin scored 20 minutes in and Alex Jackson added another goal 10 minutes later as St. Joe's moved on with a 2-0 win over St. Francis. Will Boerema had five saves for the shutout.


Kvitova wins WTA title

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first WTA Championships title in Istanbul on Sunday, beating Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, for a victory that will also put her at No. 2 in the world rankings.

Kvitova raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set, but Azarenka rallied to level it at 5-5. The Czech player finally converted her fifth set point when Azarenka's forehand sailed out.

Azarenka settled into a consistent baseline game in the second set and clinched it with a forehand winner on the line. Kvitova saved three break points in the first game of the final set and then broke to take the early lead.

"It's unbelievable to play here," said Kvitova of playing in this season-ending event for the first time.


Pan-Am Games finish

From the first gold right up until the end, the United States was in the mix for medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Americans won the very first gold of the 16-day multi-sport event when Heather Irmiger claimed the title in women's mountain biking. They didn't get a gold on the final day, but they did earn two bronze medals in Sunday's three events.

"Our whole goal was to reach the podium. That's what the USOC wanted," United States rugby sevens coach Al Caravelli said after winning a bronze.

In the medals table, the United States finished way out ahead with 92 gold and 236 overall.


Belmont takes day off

Belmont Park canceled its Sunday card in the aftermath of the storm that pelted the area with ice, snow and rain.

Sunday was the final program of the track's fall meet. New York racing shifts to Aqueduct on Friday.

From News Staff and wire service reports