Ronaldo shows off with 2nd Champions title
LISBON, Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo now has two Champions League winner medals to show off along with his two world player of the year awards.
That is, when he’s done showing off his ripped physique.
Ronaldo’s penalty at the end of extra time Saturday sealed a 4-1 win for Real Madrid over Atletico Madrid, which had led deep into stoppage time after 90 minutes.
The 29-year-old Portuguese star then ripped off his shirt in celebration and struck a pose showing off his muscles.
Soon, Ronaldo was being hugged by Portugal’s state president and patted on the back by Spain’s King Juan Carlos before collecting his medal from UEFA President Michel Platini —who also hugged him.
Just another night of Ronaldo being football’s biggest showman and undisputed current best player.
The Madrid star now heads to Brazil to cap his stellar season at the World Cup.
XU’s Alexander jumps to All-America honor
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Angelica Alexander became Xavier University of Louisiana’s second All-American of the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships when she placed fifth in the high jump Saturday.
Alexander tied her school record of 1.68 meters (5 feet, 6 inches). It’s the third time this season that Alexander — a senior from Shreveport, cleared that height.
Alexander entered the meet tied for 13th in the NAIA season rankings.
Puig first Puerto Rican to win WTA title
STRASBOURG, France — Monica Puig became the first Puerto Rican player to win a WTA title on Saturday by beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-4, 6-3 in the Strasbourg International final.
“It’s amazing to do this coming from such a small island, where tennis isn’t necessarily recognized as one of the main sports,” Puig said. “I’m just happy I’m able to be here playing tennis not only for myself, but for my country too.”
In a match between two players appearing in their first final, the 20-year-old Puig was on top from the start as she broke the Spaniard in her first service game. She also broke twice in the second set, including in the final game.
Gulbis beats Delbonis to win Nice title
NICE, France — Second-seeded Ernests Gulbis maintained his perfect record in ATP tour finals as he defeated Federico Delbonis to win the Open de Nice on Saturday.
The Latvian triumphed 6-1, 7-6 (5) for his sixth career tournament victory.
Gulbis secured the opening set in just 26 minutes, but then wasted three break points early in the second. He fell behind in the tiebreaker, but fought back to win five of the next six points and secured the victory when Delbonis hit a forehand into the net.
“I am really happy to win here,” said Gulbis, who should rise to a career-high of 15 in the rankings. “My next goal is to be top 10, even top eight. I think if I play well in the Grand Slams, I have a good chance. It’s tough to kick out somebody from the top as there’s a lot of good players but I am working on it.”
Gulbis dropped just three points on his first serve — and none in the first set — and also hit nine aces.
The seventh-seeded Delbonis also wasted two break points in the second set.
“He played well, I didn’t start the best way and he broke me twice,” Delbonis said. “In the second set I gave my best, it was more equal. I had my chances but couldn’t take them because he served well. I’m happy for this week and although this match wasn’t the best, I’m happy for playing it.”
Gulbis faces Lukasz Kubot in the first round of the French Open, while Delbonis will play Dusan Lajovic.
Bouchard wins Nuremberg Cup for 1st WTA title
NUREMBERG, Germany — Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to win the Nuremberg Cup for her first WTA title.
The second-seeded Bouchard, who had not lost a set on the way to her second career final, held her nerve in the third set after five breaks of serve in a row to win in 1 hour, 53 minutes.
Pliskova beat top-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina to reach the final and the Czech showed her fighting qualities after losing the opening set. But she was unable to claim her second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.
The 20-year-old Bouchard had won the only previous matchup between the pair in the first round of the U.S. Open last year.