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Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday.

The loss ended an outstanding run through the tournament by Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final.


Northwest Missouri's Jake Reinders hit a shot with 0.7 seconds lift to lift the Bearcats to a 75-73 win over No. 7 Fort Hays State in front of 3,058 fans in Hays. Dominique Jones led the Tigers with 23 points.

* Traci Keyser scored 23 points to lead Fort Hays to an 84-78 win over Northwest Missouri in Hays.


Florida State's Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes, including a clinching 23-yarder to TCU's Jeremy Kerley in the South's 24-10 Senior Bowl victory over the North in Mobile, Ala.

Ponder completed 7 of 13 passes for 132 yards, including several big ones to a onetime rival Leonard Hankerson of Miami.

Hankerson had 100 yards on five catches, including an 18-yard touchdown and a 48-yarder to set up another score — both from Ponder.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker led a touchdown drive but also had offensive linemen save him on two fumbles for the North.


Phil Mickelson gave up on his swashbuckling style by playing it safe in the Farmers Insurance Open, making eight pars and a birdie on the back nine for a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Bill Haas in San Diego.

Haas kept one shot ahead of Mickelson for most of the back nine until his wedge hopped hard on the firm green and went just over the back on the par-5 18th. He missed a 4-foot par putt and had to settle for a 1-under 71.

They were at 12-under 204, a stroke ahead of Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson, who each made eagle on the 18th.

Tiger Woods, who has not lost at Torrey Pines in seven years, was nowhere to be found.

His start to a new season brought out a familiar result. Just like so much last year, Woods goes into a final round out of contention on a course where he once dominated. Woods made bogey from the second fairway with a wedge in his hand, and his day didn't improve. He shot a 2-over 74, ending his streak of 21 straight rounds at par or better on the South Course in a tour event.

The star of Woods' group was Jhonattan Vegas, the Venezuela rookie who won last year's Wichita Open and is coming off a playoff win at the Hope. He made his first meeting with Woods seem like an ordinary round. With some good par saves and a two-putt birdie at the end, he wound up beating Woods by five shots and still has a chance to win the tournament.

Vegas was at 9-under 207, only three shots out of the lead.

* England's Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the third-round lead with Sweden's Peter Hanson in the Volvo Champions in Riffa, Bahrain.

Hanson shot a 67 to match Casey at 16-under 200 on The Royal Golf Club's Montgomerie Course. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and James Kingston were a stroke back after 67s.


Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their third straight dance title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

The Olympic and world silver medalists are in a class by themselves in the U.S., and it was plain to see why Saturday afternoon. The steam is still rising from the ice from their fiery tango, which showcased their exquisite edge quality and innovative lifts and spins. The pairs team might want to take note of those spins, because few in either discipline did them as well.

Davis and White finished with 185.48 points. Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were second with 173.18 points while Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein were third at 154.62.

Earlier Saturday, Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin won their first pairs title.