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POSTED April 16, 2012 1:22 a.m.

TENNIS

• MONACO BEATS ISNER IN HOUSTON FINAL
: HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Monaco wanted the confidence-building victory in Houston more than the extra rest. He’ll catch up on his sleep some other time.

The 28-year-old Argentine defeated John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the final match of the U.S. Clay Court Championship on Sunday, his second clay-court title of the year.



• ANDUJAR BEATS RAMOS WIN GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
: CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Pablo Andujar successfully defended his Grand Prix Hassan II title, beating Albert Ramos 6-1, 7-6 (5) on Sunday in the rain-delayed all-Spanish final.



WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

• STANFORD’S OGWUMIKE EXPECTED NO. 1 IN WNBA DRAFT
: LOS ANGELES (AP) - There isn’t a likely franchise player in the WNBA draft on Monday. But the teams with the top picks don’t really need a marquee player to build around. They’re just looking for someone who can help the team and develop into a star down the road.

The Los Angeles Sparks are expected to select Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike at No. 1 overall. She led the Cardinal to consecutive Final Fours, losing to eventual champion Baylor this season.



GOLF

• ALEX ARAGON WINS NATIONWIDE TOUR EVENT
: HAYWARD (AP) — Former Stanford player Alex Aragon won the TPC Stonebrae Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Matt Harmon, Duffy Waldorf and Paul Haley II. Aragon had a 10-under 270 total and earned $108,000.



• CARL PETTERSSON WINS RBC HERITAGE:  HILTON: HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Carl Pettersson had another fast start and finished with a 2-under 69 for a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday in the RBC Heritage.

Pettersson had a run of five straight birdies on the front nine during the third round Saturday to move in front. This time, Pettersson birdied three of the first five holes and built a five-shot lead by the turn that he never relinquished. He finished at 14 under.

It was Pettersson’s fifth career PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Canadian Open. He tied countryman Jesper Parnevik for most wins on tour by a Swedish player. Pettersson, second in the Houston Open two weeks ago, earned $1,026,000.



BASEBALL

•  TE-BOO! JETS’ NEW BACKUP BOOED AT YANKEE STADIUM
: NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Tebow has work to do if he’s going to win over New York sports fans.

The new backup quarterback for the Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the giant video board — even though he was wearing a Yankees cap.

Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos.

Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarizing sensation in the process.



CYCLING

• GASPAROTTO SPRINTS TO AMSTEL GOLD WIN
: VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) — Astana rider Enrico Gasparotto of Italy held off Jelle Vanendert and Peter Sagan in a three-way sprint and won the 256-kilometer Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.

Philippe Gilbert led the main pack heading into the final climb in pursuit of Katusha’s former world champion, Oscar Freire, who broke away six kilometers from the finish.



RUNNING

• HEAT FORCES BOSTON MARATHON, RUNNERS TO ADJUST
:  BOSTON (AP) — The Run for the Hoses. The Duel in the Sun. The Inferno.

As the prospect of 80-degree temperatures looms over Monday’s Boston Marathon, race organizers are hoping the heat will forge a classic contest to rank among the legends of the event’s 116-year history even as they prepare for a potential medical crisis if runners wilt under the scorching sun.

The forecast forced organizers to offer a largely unprecedented deferment to the entire field of 27,000 that had spent the last year qualifying, registering and training for what is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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