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Sports briefs | Stanley wins Phoenix Open; SCF softball sweeps

Golf: This time, Stanley rallies for victory

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- Kyle Stanley knew exactly how Spencer Levin felt.

Taking advantage of Levin’s final-round meltdown, Stanley rebounded from a devastating loss to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit in a comeback as unlikely as his collapse last week at Torrey Pines.

“I really feel for him, experiencing that,” Stanley said about Levin, echoing what Brandt Snedeker said about Stanley last week.

Stanley closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65, holing a 4-foot par putt on the par-4 18th to finish at 15-under 269. He earned $1,098,000 for his first PGA Tour title.

Ben Crane had a 66 to finish a stroke back.

ELSEWHERE -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie chipped in for an eagle and a birdie on his way to winning the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar, shooting a 7-under 65 to hold off Jason Day and Peter Hanson. ... Christel Boeljon birdied the final hole to win the Australian Ladies Masters in Gold Coast, Australia, by one stroke.

Tennis: U.S. sweeps Belarus in Fed Cup

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Serena Williams and Christina McHale won singles matches and Venus Williams returned from a five-month layoff, sending the United States past Belarus 5-0 in the first round of the Fed Cup. By blanking Belarus in World Group II, the Americans head to a playoff in April in hopes of playing their way back into the top tier of Fed Cup after getting bounced last year.

ELSEWHERE -- Tomas Berdych won his seventh career title, beating defending champion Gael Monfils 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the Open Sud de France final in Montpellier, France. ... Juan Monaco beat Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-1 in an all-Argentina final at the Vina del Mar VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile, to win his fourth ATP title. ... Mikhail Youzhny beat Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-3 to win the Zagreb Indoors in Zagreb, Croatia, in his 18th career final.

Juco softball: SCF finishes off perfect weekend

MANATEE -- Freshman pitcher Paige Mathews turned two victories, including a one-hit shutout in the opener, as the State College of Florida softball team swept Palm Beach State College 2-0 and 6-3 in a doubleheader.

Mathews struck out 13 and walked none in the first game. She entered in relief in the second game and fired four more scoreless innings to get the win. After throwing a shutout Saturday during a sweep of Santa Fe College, Mathews finished the weekend with 18 scoreless innings.

Kat Gavern went 2-for-3, and Chelsea Wildey had an RBI double for the Manatees (8-2) in the opener.

In the second game, Manatee High product Shannon Brockett blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to get SCF off to a good start. Wildey went 2-for-3 as did Gianni Artidiello.

Minor-league football: Gladiators dominate Warriors

NORTH LARGO -- The Bradenton Gladiators defense recorded two safeties and scored a touchdown Saturday during a 40-6 road win over the Bay Area Warriors in Florida Football Alliance play.

Linebacker Darian Pratt intercepted a pass and lateraled to Keon Hines, who scored a third-quarter touchdown.

Chauncey Jones, Bon Bean, Jeff Charlton and Craig Carnes scored offensive touchdowns for the Gladiators, who are 3-0.

Bradenton hosts the Charlotte County Reign at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the PAL Sports Complex, 202 13th Ave. E.

Baseball: Penny signs with Japan’s Softbank Hawks

FUKUOKA, Japan -- The Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League have signed former major league pitcher Brad Penny to a one-year contract.

Softbank announced the signing on its website Sunday. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Skiing: American Mancuso wins super-G

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Julia Mancuso’s wait for her first win of the season is over. Lindsey Vonn will have to wait a little longer to break another record.

Mancuso won a super-G for her first World Cup victory of the season, while Vonn skied off the course and did not finish.

It was the first time two different American women have won World Cup races on consecutive days since December 2006, when it was also Vonn and Mancuso.

Vonn captured her milestone 50th World Cup win in a downhill on the same slope a day earlier.

-- Herald staff, wire reports