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first_img Bruschi, 32, originally planned to take a year off after the stroke in February and surgery to repair a small hole in his heart a month later. But as his health improved, Bruschi started traveling to see specialists and got favorable reports. Bruschi was cleared Sunday to return to practice this week, though the Patriots said the timetable will be left up to him and his family. Blake wins in Stockholm James Blake beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-1, 7-6 (6) Sunday to win the Stockholm Open for his first European title. Blake, serving and returning well, has won 20 of his last 23 matches in ATP events. The sixth-seeded American was playing his first ATP event since reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals, where he lost to Andre Agassi. “It was very important to me because half the tour is in Europe,” said Blake, who has three career titles. Blake raced ahead 4-0 in the first set at Royal Tennis Hall. He was threatened on serve only once when he fell behind in the fifth game. But he eventually held serve with an ace and broke Paradorn again. Igor Andreev won a title for the first time in his home country, overcoming leg and feet problems to beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow. Mary Pierce won the women’s event for her second Kremlin Cup title, a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Pierce, who also captured this tournament in 1998, will climb to a No. 5 ranking for the first time in five years. Ivan Ljubicic won his second straight title, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the BA-CA Trophy final in Vienna. Ljubicic, who had 20 aces, won last week in Metz, France. The 26-year-old Croatian won his fourth career title, capturing two in 2004. Chivas loses finale Chivas USA coach Hans Westerhof couldn’t be happier with Chivas USA’s effort. They started in a flurry and ended in a flurry. The Goats finished the regular season with a team-high 26 shots and 13 shots on frame. But they couldn’t convert any of them. Guess that pretty much sums up their season. The visiting MetroStars, needing a victory to clinch a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, secured it with a 2-0 victory in front of 17,395 at Home Depot Center on Sunday. Chivas, which could of passed Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference standings with a victory, instead finished with the league’s worst record at 4-23-6 (18 points). ‘We played good, but I’m so unhappy … again,” said a deflated Westerhoff. “We had chances to score three or four goals, and not one of them went in.” Michael Bradley scored in the 49th minute to give the Metros a 1-0 lead, and they sealed with an Amado Guevara goal in the final minute of injury time. The MetroStars received a huge performance from goalkeeper Tony Meola, who made several spectacular reaction saves that would have beat most keepers. “Yeah, he was great today,” said Westerhof. “I don’t know how he came up with some of them, but for sure, he was the difference.” — Fred J. Robledo Dodgers still looking Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton has been added to the Dodgers’ managerial mix and is scheduled for a formal interview on Wednesday, Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said on Sunday. DePodesta said there also could be up to two more candidates interviewed, which would bring the total to eight. DePodesta also said he is considering some candidates with ties to Dodgers history, and although he wouldn’t name them, various sources said they were former Detroit bench coach Kirk Gibson, Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser and former Dodgers outfielder Bobby Valentine, now the manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League. — Tony Jackson Americans tie With no professional women’s soccer league in America, a scaled-back national team schedule this year, and few willing to pursue opportunities overseas, the players in the U.S. national team’s pool have seen little action in 2005 and almost none the past three months. It showed Sunday afternoon, the Americans’ lack of sharpness defining a largely tedious 0-0 exhibition draw with Australia in front of 5,394 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium. — Scott French Collier results coming Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until today at the earliest. The autopsy on the 7-foot, 260-pound player has been performed but other tests are needed, the coroner said. “Due to the weekend and the case volume of the pathologist, further testing will not begin until today,” coroner Lauren W. McDonald III said. “It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of Mr. Collier’s death until further examinations are completed.” The 28-year-old player died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing in his home, according to his father. Formula none Michael Schumacher’s final race of 2005 was a dismal end to a season he’d rather forget. The seven-time world champion was forced to start from the pit lane Sunday after a prerace collision at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Then, 22 laps into the race, his car spun and he walked off the track. Schumacher’s dead-last finish marked the seventh time in this year’s 19-race season he earned no points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Doctors clear Bruschi to return New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has been cleared by team doctors and could return to practice this week, eight months after suffering a mild stroke. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Dogs bite Wranglers With a lineup that looked more suited for opening day than Sunday night’s exhibition game, the Ice Dogs pounded the Las Vegas Wranglers, 5-1, before 2,792 at the Orleans Arena. The Ice Dogs, who beat the Wranglers, 3-2, in a shootout Friday in Long Beach, got power-play goals from Jason Sessa and Max Birbraer to take a 2-0 lead early in the second period. The Wranglers responded with a short-handed goal from Evan Schwabe midway through the second, but that was it against Greg Hewitt, who made 32 saves. In the third period, the Ice Dogs iced the game with three unanswered goals. Jimmy Bonneau scored in his debut to make it 3-1, and Birbraer added a pair of empty-net goals to complete the hat trick. last_img read more