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TENNISClijsters-Venus in Key Biscayne final

Kim Clijsters outlasted fellow Belgian Justine Henin in a tough Sony Ericsson Open semifinal last night at Key Biscayne, winning 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) in more than 21/2 hours. Clijsters was up 3-0 in the second set before Henin fought back to make it a match. Clijsters will meet Venus Williams in the final tomorrow. Williams won her 15th consecutive match by beating Marion Bartoli in the other semifinal, 6-3, 6-4. Williams, 19-1 this year, won her previous two tournaments.


Thorpe surrenders in tax case

Jim Thorpe, who won two senior tour events on Long Island, surrendered to authorities at the Federal Prison Camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., to begin serving a one-year term for failure to file income tax returns and completely pay his taxes from 2002-04. Thorpe, 61, won the Long Island Classic in 2003 and the 2004 Commerce Bank Classic.

Pettersen leads at Nabisco

Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to take a one-stroke lead over former champion Lorena Ochoa in the first women's major of the season . . . Kevin Stadler and Cameron Percy shot 5-under 67s to share the first-round lead in the Houston Open.


Phils' Blanton on 15-day DL

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a mild left oblique strain. Blanton could be out three to six weeks.


MLS can add high-priced stars

Hoping to spark interest by adding high-priced stars, Major League Soccer will allow each team to sign at least two "designated players" whose salaries can significantly exceed the salary budget. Barcelona's Thierry Henry and Real Madrid's Raul Gonzalez are among the players MLS is thought to be interested in adding during the summer, possibly for the New York Red Bulls.

POLICEBrowns' Rogers arrested

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport for carrying a loaded .45 caliber gun in his carry-on luggage. Rogers was stopped at a security checkpoint when screeners spotted the gun, police said in a statement. He was arrested without incident and was booked for carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony.

- AP

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