National Sports Briefs
LOS ANGELES ó Andy Roddick ran into an Argentine buzz saw.
Lanky teenager Juan Martin del Potro won his third title in less than a month when he rolled to a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory over Roddick in the Countrywide Classic final on Sunday.
The 6-foot-6, 172-pound del Potro extended his match victory string to 14 in a row with powerful, pinpoint groundstrokes against Roddick.
Roddick, a former No. 1 who is ranked ninth and was the tournament’s top seed, looked overwhelmed as his service was broken three times in the first set after not losing any of his 24 previous service games in the tournament.
* LOS ANGELES ó Former James Bond actor George Lazenby says he will fight Pam Shriver’s claim for custody over the couple’s three young children.
Shriver, a former tennis star, has filed for divorce from Lazenby and cited “irreconcilable differences” for ending their six-year marriage.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Two straight 7-6 seasons and off-field problems will leave Florida State short-handed for its first three games, but many Seminoles are using their underdog status as motivation.
“I didn’t expect this signing here at Florida State, as a team that I grew up watching, grew up loving and always saw in the top five,” Myron Rolle said Sunday. “They’re counting us out, so we have this new mindset that, hey, we have to step it up and prove the doubters wrong.”
STOCKHOLM, Sweden ó Amy Yang of South Korea spoiled Annika Sorenstam’s finale on home turf, tying the course record with a 9-under 63 Sunday for a six-shot victory at the Scandinavian TPC.
Sorenstam won the tournament six times from 1997-2006 when it was the Compaq Open, HP Open and Scandinavian TPC Hosted by Annika. Sorenstam, who will retire at the end of the season, acknowledged the Swedish fans for the final time.
BRAINERD, Minn. ó Tony Schumacher raced to his fourth straight victory and ninth of the season Sunday, winning the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals to move within two Joe Amato’s Top Fuel win record of 52.
Schumacher powered his dragster to a performance of 3.865 seconds at 310.05 mph to outrun Cory McClenathan (3.900 at 306.74) in the final round at Brainerd International Raceway. Schumacher has three career wins there.