Serena Williams returns to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Stanford , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LSU’s Brown breaks school discus mark

LSU All-America discus thrower Rodney Brown won the men’s discus title at the USA Track & Field Throws Initiative Test Meet in Chula Vista, California, this weekend, breaking his own school record with a mark of 212 feet, 2 inches during Thursday’s preliminary round.

Brown was the top qualifier and took the title with a throw of 197-3 in Saturday’s final in the event.

Brown topped his previous best of 210-10, which happened at the 120th Penn Relays on April 26.

Thompson, Chase finish Commonwealth Games

Former LSU star Richard Thompson wrapped up his appearance at the 20th Commonwealth Games by anchoring Trinidad & Tobago to a bronze medal in the men’s 4x100-meter relay final with a time of 38.10 seconds Saturday night at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thompson teamed with Keston Bledman, Marc Burns and Rondell Sorrillo for his first career medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Also, LSU sophomore All-America Chanice Chase anchored Canada to a fifth-place finish in the women’s 4x400-meter relay final.

Chase, a finalist in the women’s 400-meter hurdles earlier in the meet, and her teammates turned in a time of 3 minutes, 32.45 seconds.

LSU’s Dreher ties for fifth in tournament

OBERHAUS, Austria — LSU junior women’s golfer Nadine Dreher finished in a tie for fifth Sunday in the International Austria Amateur Championship at the GCC Dachstein Tauern.

Dreher posted rounds of 68-75-73 for a 54-hole total of 216 (3-over par) to finish in the tie for fifth.

Laura Lonardi of Italy, who is a junior for Baylor, was the winner at 4-under par 209.

Serena Williams wins Bank of the West title

STANFORD, Calif. — Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic.

The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.

Williams will be No. 1 for the 200th week in her career when the rankings are announced Monday.

She is fifth on the career list, nine weeks behind fourth-place Martina Hingis.

Williams beat the left-handed Kerber for the fourth straight time and fifth time in six overall meetings.

All of their matches have been in straight sets.

Kerber, 0-4 in finals this season, won five straight games to go up 5-1 and was serving for the first set at 5-2.

Williams saved two set points and went on a five-game run of her own.

The eighth-ranked Kerber forced a tiebreaker, where Williams took charge with five straight points to open.

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