Sports briefs: Rafael Nadal wins title in Cincinnati; Serena Williams loses
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tennis • Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling summer with a first-time title. One set away from a breakthrough of her own, No. 1 Serena Williams wilted.

Nadal took advantage of the few openings he got against John Isner on Sunday in Cincinnati, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win at the Western & Southern Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard won the championship in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. He'd never even reached the finals in Cincinnati.

Williams dominated the first set, then fell apart, giving No. 2 Victoria Azarenka a chance to rally for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win.

Marine contests eligibility rule

college football • A Middle Tennessee freshman who finished five years of active service in the Marines this summer is appealing an NCAA rule preventing him from playing this season because he played in a recreational league in the military. By NCAA standards, Steven Rhodes' play at the Marine base counted as "organized competition" because there were game officials, team uniforms and the score was kept. But the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Marine sergeant said the recreational league was nothing close to organized.

• First-year Purdue coach Darrell Hazell tabbed senior Rob Henry as his starting quarterback. Henry had been battling true freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby for the job.

Spain's Marquez wins MotoGP race

MOTORSPORTS • Spanish rookie Marc Marquez passed two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo midway through Sunday's race and pulled away for a 3.495-second victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa, Marquez's Repsol Honda teammate, was second in the MotoGP race.

From wire reports