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WTA TOUR gives out 2009 tennis awards

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Kim Clijsters WTA Tour (Creative Commons/wfe photo)

The Women’s Tennis Association held a ceremony Wednesday at the Sony Ericsson Open to hand out awards from the 2009 season.

U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters captured the Comeback Player of the Year and Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award. It marked the seventh time in Kim’s career that she has won the sportsmanship award.

Melanie Oudin, an American teenager, who had a breakout season during 2009 in reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, was selected as the Newcomer of the Year.

Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium was honored as the Most Improved Player award after breaking into the top 20 last year.

Russian Elena Dementieva was voted as the Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year by fans online.

2009 Top Tennis Player goes to Serena Williams

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Serena Williams WTA Tour (Creative Commons/wfe photo)

The world’s number 1 tennis player Serena Williams, won the 2009 WTA Tour Player of the Year award and also took home the Doubles Team of the year awards with her sister, Venus in a ceremony on Wednesday.

Serena Williams, who currently has a knee injury, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2009 and was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open and a quarterfinalist at the French Open.

The Williams sisters as a Doubles Team were just as good, winning the 2009 Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open doubles titles as well as the doubles crown at Stanford.

Union University of Tennessee beats Azusa Pacific for NAIA title

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Union University celebrating 5th title (uu)

Zeinab Chan scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Union University, won its fifth National Association Of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) women’s national championship with a 73-65 win over Asuza-Pacific on Tuesday night.  Asuza-Pacific was playing in its first national championship game.

Chan, the tournament’s most valuable player, hit back-to-back field goals as the Lady Bulldogs matched their largest lead of the game and made it (54-49) with 9:17 to play.

Union, which has won the title four of the past six years, upped its lead to 60-49 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Kayla Hudson with 7:40 remaining.

Union finishes up at 36-2 overall and had a Trans South Conference record of 16-0.

The game was played in Jackson, Tennessee; home of the Union Lady Bulldogs.

Major League Baseball makes off-day changes in middle of LCS

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Bud Selig MLB Commissioner (Creative Commons/wfe photo)

There had been a lot of talk during the off-season that Major League Baseball would make changes in the off days in the postseason.

The awkward off-day between Games 4 and 5 of the league championship series, will be eliminated. Instead, there will be another off-day between the division series and the start of the LCS. That’s the word from the commissioner’s office on Wednesday.

The overall length of the postseason will not be shortened and the first round will remain a best-of-five at least through 2011.

Without any rainouts, this year’s switch will make it more difficult for any team to get through the best-of -seven LCS with only three starting pitchers, as the defending world champion New York Yankees did in 2009.

The off-day was among the four baseball added for the Fox network who wanted the World Series to open on a Wednesday rather than a Saturday, usually the lowest-rated night of the week.

This year’s division series starts October 6, and the National League team with the best record will likely be the one that decides whether it wants the eight-day division series. The American League Championship Series starts October 15, with the National League Championship Series beginning the following day. The World Series opens on Wednesday, October 27, and Game 7 would be scheduled for November 3, the second straight year it could extend past Halloween.

New Jersey power play and Martin Brodeur too much for the CBJ

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Martin Brodeur, goaltender for the New Jersey Devils, seems to be setting records and breaking records every game he plays. He’s also making it difficult for his own records to be broken in the years to come.

Brodeur made 19 saves Tuesday night in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The victory gave him a 40-win season for thee eighth time. No other National Hockey League goalies have had more than three seasons.

Martin Brodeur New Jersey (NJ)

His next milestone that he is after, 600 wins. The NHL career leader in victories is only three away from that mark. Earlier in the year, Brodeur supassed Terry Sawchuk as the league’s shutout king. Broduer has 108 shutouts.

The Devils gave Brodeur plenty of offense against Columbus as their mostly-dormant power play woke up and produced their first three goals. Travis Zajac and Zach Parise each scored twice and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and three assists in helping the Devils jump over Pittsburgh and into first place in the Atlantic Division. New Jersey and Pittsburgh both have 90 points, but New Jersey have won one more win than the Penguins and have played one fewer game.

GAME NOTES

* It was a showdown between Martin Brodeur and Steve Mason, who grew up idolizing the Devils goaltender.

* A pair of Devils defensemen reached games played milestones: Bryce Salvador 600 and Andy Greene 200.

* Columbus became the last team to visit the Prudential Center.

* The Devils are 6-2-2 vs. the Blue Jackets.

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