Roger Federer jutted his right index finger toward the sky to celebrate his latest Cincinnati title. He would have needed both hands to count all of them.
Might as well just rename it the Federer Open. Or maybe subtitle it the Djokovic Heartbreak.
Federer remained perfect in Cincinnati finals, winning an unprecedented seventh championship on Sunday while denying Novak Djokovic the one title that always eludes him. Federer never faced a break point during a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at the Western & Southern Open.
Serena Williams got her name on the Rookwood trophy for the second time on Sunday, beating third-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 (5) for back-to-back Cincinnati titles. She heads off to the U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off a calendar Grand Slam sweep.
"I'm ready," Williams said. "I don't care if I win or lose or break even. I'm ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I'm so ready for New York. Let's go, right?"
American Pharoah to race again
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is on his way to the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, where a sold-out crowd is likely to turn one of racing's most historic tracks into a festival to remember.
"Saratoga, here we come!" owner Ahmed Zayat said Sunday, moments after American Pharoah came off the track at Del Mar in California from a workout termed "absolutely brilliant."
Before making the highly anticipated decision, Zayat and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wanted to wait until this workout — seven furlongs in 1 minute, 23.20 seconds. It came a week before Saturday's 1 ¼-mile Travers.
New York racing officials capped the crowd at 50,000 for Travers day, and all tickets have been sold. If American Pharoah starts, the purse increases by $350,000 to $1.6 million. The horse is scheduled to arrive at Saratoga on Wednesday.
American Pharoah is the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. His first encore came in the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey Aug. 2, where he rolled to an easy 2 ¼-length victory.
Around the horn
MLS: Robbie Keane had two goals and two assists as the host LA Galaxy beat New York City FC 5-1 in a showcase of the league's two most star-studded teams. Shortly before game time New York ruled out English star Frank Lampard, who still isn't completely match-fit after his move from Manchester City last month. The Galaxy (13-7-7) has won four straight.
NHL: Veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Ehrhoff played in 49 games for Pittsburgh last season before missing the final 33 games and the postseason due to injuries.
WNBA: Jantel Lavender (22 points, career-high five blocked shots) and Candace Parker (20 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists) led the Los Angeles Sparks (10-17) to a 90-59 road victory over the San Antonio Stars (7-21). ... Cappie Pondexter's layup with 6 seconds left gave the Chicago Sky (17-11) a 66-64 victory over the host Washington Mystics (15-11). ... The Indiana Fever (217-9) pulled within a game of Eastern Conference-leading New York with an 80-79 home victory.
Arena football: Tommy Grady threw five of his eight touchdown passes to Joe Hills and the Jacksonville Sharks beat the host Philadelphia Soul 61-56 to advance to the ArenaBowl next week against the San Jose SaberCats.
Baseball: Lewisberry, Pa. — just two hours from Williamsport — advanced to Wednesday's winner's bracket final against Pearland, Texas, with a 9-8 victory over Taylors, S.C., at the Little League World Series.
Women's volleyball: The United States dropped to 1-1 at the World Cup in Matsumoto, Japan, after a 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-6 loss to Serbia. The U.S. plays front-runner China on Monday.
Obituary: Jimmy Evert, father of women's tennis great Chris Evert, died Friday at age 91. He was the city tennis director in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for 49 years, teaching a wide range of top junior players, including his daughter.