Sharapova wins French Open for 2nd time

CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer Published:

PARIS -- Even though her serve failed her repeatedly, Maria Sharapova is a French Open champion once again.

Sharapova won her second title at Roland Garros in the last three years, overcoming 12 double-faults Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.

"This is the toughest Grand Slam final I've ever played," Sharapova said on court. "Really, this tournament means so much to me. It's a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win.

Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and was broken seven times in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.

After Sharapova's final forehand forced an error from Halep's backhand, the Russian dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. She then looked to her team in the stands before shaking hands with Halep at the net.

The men's final is on Sunday. Rafael Nadal will go for his ninth French Open title against Novak Djokovic.

• Tennis

Nadal-Novak for title: Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic.

The top-seeded Spaniard reached the final by beating Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier, the stadium Nadal calls his favorite place to play. Djokovic defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal.

French pair wins doubles: Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their first Grand Slam title by defeating Spaniards Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6 (1) in the men's doubles final of the French Open on Saturday.

They became the first French team to win the men's doubles at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in 1984.

•Baseball

Votto starts rehab: Reds All-Star first baseman Joey Votto will be begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville today.

Votto hasn't played since going on the disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 16, with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, the same knee on which he had two surgeries in 2012. The Reds have gone 9-11 without the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player, who is hitting .257 with six home runs and 12 runs batted.

Rose to manage minor league game: Pete Rose is set to return to the dugout.

The 73-year-old career hits leader is going to manage one game for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League on June 16.

Padres draft Manziel: Just call him Johnny Baseball.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday -- the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football.

Ripken's son drafted: The Washington Nationals have selected Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday.

The younger Ripken is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman from Indian River State College in Florida.

• Elsewhere

No signature from Sterling: Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn't signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won't revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to talk publicly told The Associated Press that Sterling had agreed to sell the team Wednesday and drop his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA assuming "all their differences had been resolved."

But now he's considering continuing the suit after being told by intermediaries the NBA won't budge on the punishments doled out by Commissioner Adam Silver after Sterling's racist comments were publicized.

Clowney inks deal: Jadeveon Clowney has his rookie contract with the Houston Texans. Now he needs to learn a new position.

The top overall choice in last month's draft, Clowney signed a four-year contract with the Texans. Houston has an option for a fifth year, as in all NFL contracts with first-round picks under the current collective bargaining agreement. A star defensive end since entering South Carolina in 2011, Clowney will become an outside linebacker with the Texans.

Pens make moves:The Pittsburgh Penguins fired Dan Bylsma and hired Jim Rutherford as their new general manager.

Bylsma won a franchise-record 252 games behind the bench but failed to produce a bookend to the championship he captured with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009. The Penguins were just 4-5 in playoff series since raising the Cup, with each loss coming to a lower-seeded team.

Snyder named Jazz coach: The Utah Jazz announced that they have hired Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons as the head coach in Salt Lake City.

Snyder most recently completed his first season as an assistant with Atlanta. He has also been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.

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