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Weber after U.S. Open title

Pete Weber, who will be looking for a record fifth U.S. Open title, and three who will looking for their first major tournament win made it to today's four-man stepladder finals (3 p.m., ESPN) of the 69th edition of the tournament at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

Mike Fagan of Dallas is the No. 1 seed after going 16-8 in match play including a 235-205 triumph over No. 2 seed Jason Belmonte of Australia . Belmonte had taken the lead into the final eight-game match-play block Saturday night after his 254-191 rout of the previous leader, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads.

Shafer is the No. 3 seed despite a 208-164 loss to Weber, the No. 4 seed, in the position round.


Steven Holcomb leads at bobsled worlds

American Steven Holcomb has a slim lead midway through the four-man race at the bobsled world championships.

Holcomb, who won the two-man last week, had a two-run time of 1 minute, 48.92 seconds on Saturday and led Maximilian Arndt of Germany by 0.01 seconds at snowy, windswept Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.

Trailing Arndt by 0.15 seconds after a mistake-filled first run, Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Langton and brakeman Curt Tomasevicz made up the deficit with the help of their second straight 4.97-second start, the best starts of the day. That put USA-1 just 0.01 ahead heading to Sunday's final two heats.


Radwanska wins tennis title in Dubai

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her eighth career WTA title, defeating Julia Goerges of Germany 7-5, 6-4 in the Dubai Tennis Championships Saturday. Radwanska will rise one spot to a career-best No. 5 Monday when the world rankings come out.

The fifth-seeded Radwanska led in both sets but it took her almost two hours to overcome the unseeded Goerges. The German rallied on her powerful forehand, but Radwanska patiently remained on the baseline to watch Goerges' unsuccessful forays to the net, rushing her shots and returning them long and wide.

From News Staff and wire service reports