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POSTED February 19, 2012 10:52 p.m.

BOXING

• CHISORA RELEASED AFTER QUESTIONING OVER HAYE BRAWL
: MUNICH (AP) — British heavyweight Dereck Chisora was released Sunday after nearly seven hours of questioning by police following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a post-fight news conference.

A black van carried the boxer and his coach, Don Charles, from police headquarters, speeding past assembled photographers.

“He still faces a charge of simple assault but he is allowed to return to England for now,” police spokesman Gottfried Schlicht told The Associated Press.

Chisora and fellow Londoner Haye came to blows after Chisora’s defeat by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko in their WBC title fight.

Charles also faces a charge of assault for his involvement in the melee. Schlicht said more serious charges were reduced when police were unable to apprehend Haye despite searching for the boxer at his hotel.



CYCLING

• HOY LEAVES CROWD DREAMING OF OLYMPIC CYCLING GOLD
: LONDON (AP) — Chris Hoy and Britain’s cycling team rounded off the Track World Cup at London’s new Olympic Velodrome on Sunday, leaving the cheering home crowd more confident than ever of gold at this year’s Summer Games.

Hoy, a four-time Olympic champion, followed his victory in Saturday’s kierin with a 2-0 win over Maximilian Levy in the men’s sprint, overpowering the German on the home straight in the first race and keeping his line under severe pressure on the back straight in the second.

Hoy’s win and a silver medal for Britain’s men’s team pursuit outfit helped the host nation finish atop the points table at the four-day meet — which doubled as an Olympic test event at the new 6,000-seat arena.



TENNIS

• AZARENKA OVERCOMES INJURY TO TOP STOSUR IN QATAR
: DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shook off a lingering ankle injury to win the Qatar Open on Sunday, routing Sam Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-2.

Azarenka earned her 17th straight victory and first title since replacing Caroline Wozniacki atop the rankings after winning the Australian Open. It was her third title overall in 2012.



•ALMAGRO BEATS VOLANDRI TO WIN 3RD BRAZIL OPEN: SAO PAULO (AP) — Nicolas Almagro of Spain won the Brazil Open for the third time Sunday, defeating Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Almargo has won this ATP Tour event more than any other player, his other victories coming last year and in 2008. This was his 11th ATP tour title, all on clay.



• FEDERER BEATS DEL POTRO TO WIN ABN AMRO: ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 Sunday to win the ABN Amro World Tennis for his first title of the year.

The top-seeded Federer jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first set, with Del Potro making uncharacteristic errors. Del Potro, who beat Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final, took a 2-1 lead in the second set before Federer won five of the next seven games to close the match.

SPAIN’S LARA ARRUABARRENA-VECINO WINS BOGOTA TITLE: BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain won her first WTA title, defeating Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-5 on Sunday in the final of the Copa BBVA Colsanitas.



GOLF

• TOP-RANKED YANI TSENG WINS LPGA THAILAND
: CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Yani Tseng’s recent resolve to relax under pressure was tested Sunday on the final hole in the LPGA Thailand.

The Taiwanese star needed to get up and down for birdie from about 100 yards to avoid a probable playoff after Ai Miyazato hit her approach close.

Meeting the challenge with a shot fitting her No. 1 ranking, Tseng controlled the spin perfectly to set up a tap-in putt for a one-stroke victory over Miyazato.

The 23-year-old Taiwanese star successfully defended her title for her 13th LPGA Tour victory, matching Miyazato with birdies on the final two holes to hold off her Japanese friend by a stroke.

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