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Sept. 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM
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Bryans win U.S. Open doubles title

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won their third U.S. Open doubles title Friday, defeating Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in straight sets.

The Bryans, the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world, beat Bopanna and Qureshi, the No. 16-seeded team, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4).

It was the ninth Grand Slam title overall for the Bryans, who also won U.S. Open championships in 2005 and 2008. They won the Australian Open doubles title this year.

The Bopanna-Qureshi pairing has grabbed attention because Bopanna is Indian and Qureshi is Pakistani and come from countries that are long-time rivals.

Bob Bryan teamed with Liezel Huber and won the mixed doubles title on Thursday. Huber and Nadia Petrova qualified for the women's doubles finals with a victory Friday.


Nadal looks to gain first U.S. Open final

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Rafael Nadal looks to earn a rare important place in tennis he's never been -- the finals of the U.S. Open.

Nadal owns eight Grand Slam titles but he's never advanced to the finals of the U.S. Open. He'll have a chance to change that Saturday when he goes against 12th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny in the tournament semifinals.

The other semi features No. 2-ranked Roger Federer, who is very familiar with the men's singles final at the U.S. Open. He has won the event five times and was the runner-up last year. He'll play No. 3-seeded Novak Djokovic, a familiar opponent who lost the 2007 U.S. Open final to the Swiss star in his only trip to the tournament title match and dropped semifinal decisions to Federer each of the last two years.

Youzhny is appearing in his second U.S. Open semifinal but he's never been farther than the quarters in any other major tournament. In 2006 he earned his other semifinal berth by beating Nadal, against whom he is 4-7 overall.

Nadal is yet to lose a set in the tournament while Youzhny is coming off a five-set quarterfinal win over Stanislas Wawrinka. Three of Youzhny's other four matches in New York went four sets.

Federer also hasn't dropped a set at the Open and Djokovic, after a five-setter in the first round, won in straight sets in his other matches. Federer is 10-5 against Djokovic in his career, including a close three-set win in last year's Open semifinals.


Kevin Mawae retires from NFL

NASHVILLE, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Kevin Mawae, an eight-time all-pro center, is retiring from his playing career in the NFL.

The NFL Players Association said Friday Mawae was retiring after 16 years in the league. Mawae has been president of the association since March 2008.

Mawae, 39, spent the last four seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He broke into the league with Seattle, playing eight seasons for the Seahawks and four more with the New York Jets before joining the Titans.

Tennessee decided not to re-sign Mawae after last season even though he was chosen for his eighth Pro Bowl.

Mawae played in 235 games in his career and was selected to the Pro Bowl each season 1999-2004 and 2008-09. He was also named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s.


Funk, Allen, Blake lead in South Korea

NEW SONGDO CITY, South Korea, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Fred Funk was among three golfers who turned in 3-under-par 69s Friday and are tied for the first-round lead at the Champions Tour stop in South Korea.

Funk had one bogey and four birdies while Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake each had five birdies and a pair of bogeys in grabbing a share of the lead at the Posco E&C Songdo Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

John Cook and Sandy Lyle are tied for fourth, one stroke off the lead and D.A. Weibring finished with a 1-under 71.

Rain delayed the start of play for nearly 2 hours.

Funk dropped a long birdie putt at No. 2 and used two putts for a birdie at the par-5 third hole. He gave back a stroke at the par-3 eighth hole but answered that with a wedge to within 15 feet at No. 9 and made the birdie putt. A birdie at 17 moved him to 3-under.

Allen, playing the back nine first, was at 4-under at the turn but had a bogey at the second hole. He had a birdie at No. 8 but finished with another bogey.

Blake, also going off first on No. 10, made his turn at 2-under. His bogeys came at Nos. 1 and 6 but he had back-to-back birdies at 2 and 3 and finished with a birdie at the ninth hole.

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