Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Pennetta Wins U.S. Open for First Grand Slam Title, Says She'll Retire

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Pennetta Wins U.S. Open for First Grand Slam Title, Says She'll Retire

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PENNETTA WINS U.S. OPEN FOR FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE, SAYS SHE'LL RETIRE: Talk about going out on top: Flavia Pennetta won the U.S. Open on Saturday in New York for her first Grand Slam title at age 33, and then announced during the trophy ceremony she has decided to retire.

Pennetta did not have to beat Serena Williams in the final. Instead, Pennetta needed to get past the woman who ended Williams' Grand Slam bid, Roberta Vinci. And Pennetta was able to do just that, pulling away for a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win at Flushing Meadows. Then she revealed she was ready to hang up her racket, a decision she kept private until that moment.

"This is how I say goodbye to tennis," Pennetta said as her fiance, tennis player Fabio Fognini, captured the scene with his phone's camera. "I couldn't think to finish in a better way."

COWBOYS SIGN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN CRAWFORD TO 5-YEAR EXTENSION: The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday signed defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford to a five-year, $45 million contract extension that could keep him with Dallas through 2020.

Crawford tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract at the team's headquarters. A third-round pick in 2012, Crawford was going into the final year of his four-year rookie deal. The new contract has $25.7 million in guaranteed money.

The 25-year-old Crawford missed the 2013 season after tearing an Achilles tendon early in training camp. He bounced between defensive end and tackle early in his career before settling into the interior last season, finishing with 37 tackles and three sacks in 15 starts.

SAINTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES: The New Orleans Saints cut veteran running back Tim Hightower and veteran offensive lineman Mike McGlynn while placing rookie linebacker Davis Tull on injured reserve Saturday.

New Orleans also has activated receiver Seantavius Jones, fullback Toben Opurum and defensive back Don Jones from its practice squad. …

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