Raonic repeats in San Jose

Milos Raonic plays a shot to David Ferrer during their match at the Australian Open on Monday....

Milos Raonic plays a shot to David Ferrer during their match at the Australian Open on Monday. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)

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, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

Milos Raonic might want to think about setting up shop in the Silicon Valley.

Third-seeded Raonic won his second consecutive SAP Open title Sunday in San Jose, Calif., beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the final at HP Pavilion. The 21-year-old from Thornhill earned his first ATP win at the SAP Open last year.

"It's amazing," Raonic said of winning back-to-back titles in San Jose. "If the real estate wasn't so expensive here, maybe I'd buy a place."

Raonic is the first two-time winner of the San Jose tourney since Andy Murray did it in 2006-07. It was also Raonic's second win of the year, his first coming at the Aircel Chennai Open in India.

As he did in the semifinals against American Ryan Harrison on Saturday, Raonic took the entire first set to get warmed up, finally putting away the 58th-ranked Istomin in a tiebreak. The hard-serving Canadian dominated the second set, breaking Istomin's serve in the fourth and eighth games to finish it off in 79 minutes.

Raonic managed just seven aces in the final but his serve was still too much for Istomin. He won all 10 service games and lost just four points, including one in the tie-break. In 41 service matches in the tournament, Raonic was broken once.

SILVER RUSH

Sometimes a silver medal feels like a gold.

Lyndon Rush overcame a debilitating stomach virus Sunday to pilot the Canadian two-man bobsled to a second-place finish at the world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden managed to hang on for the silver with a four-run combined time of three minutes, 43.34 seconds.

"Coming down the track was awful. I was gagging the whole way down. Thankfully, the run is only a minute long," Rush said. "Jesse pushed the sled by himself today. I was basically a windsock. He was on his own."

The Canadians held a narrow lead going into Sunday's final two runs but Americans Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton were able to take advantage of Rush's illness and sneak out the gold, giving the U.S. its first world title in two-man. Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske of Germany took the bronze medal.

Rookie pilot Justin Kripps teamed up with Derek Plug to drive the Canada 2 sled to a 17th-place finish.

NESBITT BRONZED

Speed skater Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., won the bronze medal in the ISU World All-Round Championships Sunday in Moscow.

Nesbitt won the 1,500-metre race in one minute, 55.95 seconds to lock up the bronze medal. She also finished eighth in the 5,000m.

"It was pretty good. I'm happy with every race," Nesbitt said. "I think it's my best world all rounds I've ever skated, even though I was third this year and second last year. I had four good races and I'm happy."

Defending champion and gold medalist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands took the gold medal while Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic was second.

Winnipeggers Cindy Klassen and Brittany Schussler also cracked the top-10. Klassen finished fifth overall after a third in the 1,500m and fourth in the 5,000m while Schussler wound up eighth overll after placing 11th in the 1,500m and ninth in the 5,000.

In the men's competition, Lucas Makowsky of Regina was 16th, Justin Warsylewicz of Regina was 19th, Jordan Belchos of Toronto was 20th and Stefan Waples of Winnipeg was 21st.

GOLDEN GIRL

Canadian Spencer O'Brien rode to a win in the first non-FIS world snowboarding championship since 1999 Sunday in Oslo, Norway.

O'Brien, from North Vancouver, B.C., was the only woman to break the 80-point mark, finishing with a score of 84.4 to top runner-up Jamie Anderson of the U.S. and bronze medalist Enni Rukajaervi of Finland.

"I was very nervous ... and was thinking of doing a safety run but decided to just go for it," O'Brien said. "I'm really happy I did, because I'm super proud of the run I did."

On the men's side, Sebastien Toutant of Montreal was knocked out of top spot when Chas Guldemonde of the U.S., one of the last riders on the course, put together a final run that was good enough for the gold medal. Seppe Smith of Belgium finished third while Mark McMorris of Regina was ninth.

UPSET WIN

Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City slayed the giant en route to her first World Cup dual moguls win Sunday in Naeba, japan.

Robichaud ended American Hannah Kearney's 16-event winning streak in the semifinals then beat Japan's Aiko Uemura in the final for her initial World Cup win.

"I seriously cannot believe it myself," Robichaud said. "Now I just want to keep my good rhythm. I'm feeling really good about my skiing and my jumping and I'm really excited for the rest of the season."

Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., lost the men's final to American Patrick Deneen while Philippe Marquis of Quebec City beat Bradley Wilson of the U.S. for the bronze medal.

Kingsbury, who has medaled in every event this season, clinshed the FIS Moguls Crystal Globe with a win Saturday. He's the fifth Canadian male to win the Globe in the last 32 years, joining the likes of Jean-Luc Brassard and Alex Bilodeau.

WHITTEN FOURTH IN LONDON

Canadian Tara Whitten finished fourth in the women's Omnium race at the World Cup cycling event at the new Olympic velodrome in London.

Whitten, from Edmonton, was first in the individual pursuit, 12th in the scratch race and fourth in the 500-metre time trial, a finish that left her just off the podium. Laura Trott of Great Britain took the bronze medal ahead of Whitten.

"The fourth place is always disappointing," Whitten said. "It's the second time this season. At the same time, it's really motivating. Sometimes, when things are too perfect, you almost forget to keep the drive and lose some of that motivation. Having made a few mistakes here, now I will work on not making those mistakes again."

The Canadian Cycling Association also announced that Zach Bell of North Vancouver, B.C., set a national record in the individual pursuit Saturday, a race that was part of the men's Omnium. Bell's time of three minutes, 25.057 seconds shattered the previous mark by more than 2.5 seconds.

 


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