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Sports briefs: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for sixth Key Biscayne title

Published March 30, 2013 5:24 pm

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TENNIS • Serena Williams broke the women's record for most titles in Key Biscayne, Fla., and Maria Sharapova set a new standard for futility in finals. Williams swept the final 10 games and earned her sixth championship in the event Saturday by rallying past Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.

Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year, but she's now 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. After playing nearly flawless tennis for an hour, she began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies down the stretch.

Williams faltered only during the trophy ceremony.

Williams has won 11 consecutive matches against Sharapova, whose last victory in the rivalry came in 2004.

Falcons sign cornerback Grimes

NFL • The quarterback-needy Buffalo Bills have turned their attention to free agent Kevin Kolb. A person familiar with talks said Saturday night that the Bills are close to completing a deal to sign the sixth-year player. Kolb spent the past two seasons in Arizona, where injuries hampered his opportunity to prove himself as a starter. The Bills are in no position to be choosy. They're down to one experienced quarterback on their roster — Tarvaris Jackson — after releasing returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this month.

• Cornerback Brent Grimes, who missed almost all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. Grimes started 28 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2010-11 but was hurt in their opener last year. Grimes is expected to start for the Dolphins, who lost former Utah Ute Sean Smith via free agency to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Animal Kingdom wins in Dubai

HOrse racing • Animal Kingdom, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, pulled away down the straight to win the $10 million Dubai (United Arab Emirates) World Cup for the first American victory in the world's richest horse race since 2009. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner took the lead from Royal Delta with 500 meters left and held off a fast-charging Red Cadeaux to win by two lengths. Planteur was third.

Former Alabama AD Moore dies

COLLEGE ATHLETICS • Former Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, who played and coached under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, has passed away. The university said the 73-year-old Moore died on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems.

The Associated Press