Serena back on track

Tennis: Serena Williams won the Bank of the West Classic, her first tournament title since her return from a host of health problems earlier this year, and first action since her early exit at Wimbledon. She beat Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 to avenge a straight-set loss to Bartoli at the All-England Club. It was a smooth ride in this tournament. Williams skyrocketed from No. 169 to No. 79 in the latest WTA rankings and will continue her rise as she fully finds her form.

MLB: The Yankees set a franchise record Saturday with 12 runs in the first -- yes, first -- inning en route to soundly beating the Orioles 17-3. And on Sunday, Justin Verlander was four outs from his third no hitter in a Tigers 3-2 win over the Angels. A third no hitter would have put Verlander in rarefied air, with Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four) and Bob Feller (three), the only pitchers with three or more no hitters since 1900. Jered Weaver, whom Verlander out-dueled, was tossed in the seventh inning for throwing at a batter in a game that featured mocking celebrations and near-miss pitches at the plate.

Golf: Yani Tseng won her second consecutive British Open and her fifth career major shooting a final round 69. At 22 years and six months, she is the youngest player to win five majors and more than two years younger than Tiger when he reached that milestone.

NFL: Plaxico Burress signed a one-year deal in New York, but not with the Giants. He returns to football after serving 20 months on a gun charge (for carrying an unregistered gun into a bar and discharging it in his pants, yes!). From jail to the Jets. Doubt he will be packing in bars anymore. And Peyton Manning signed a whopping $90 million, five-year deal with the Colts even though he has not been on the field since having neck surgery and has not yet been cleared to play. Hmmm, guess the medical staff in Indianapolis knows something we don't.

Swimming world championships: Michael Phelps won four golds at this world championship. Was he not in shape as he claimed? Ryan Lochte did beat him twice in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle, setting a world record -- the first since high-tech swim bodysuits were banned 19 months ago. Now its onward to London, where we will see if Phelps will be the redemption king, or if someone else will take his place as top dog.

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