Davenport wins first title in year

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - Lindsay Davenport defeated second-seed Daniela Hantuchova at the Bali Open on Sunday to claim her first singles title after an absence of almost one year.

Davenport, the 2005 champion, stopped Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Earlier in the tournament, she disposed of No. 3 and top-seed Jelena Jankovic and eliminated fifth-seed Eleni Daniilidou.

The 31-year-old American played in her first singles tournament since having a baby in June

Davenport, who was teamed with Hantuchova in doubles, withdrew from the doubles semifinal Friday because of a left forearm strain.

Davenport had not competed on the WTA Tour since reaching the Beijing quarterfinals in September 2006, when she lost to Amelie Mauresmo. She gave birth to her first child with husband and former tennis player Jon Leach - a son named Jagger - on June 10.

Earlier Sunday, the Chinese duo of Ji Chunmei and Sun Shengnan defeated American Jill Craybas and Natalie Grandin of South Africa 6-3, 6-2 to claim the doubles title.


n DISCOVERY CHANNEL WINS FINALE IN MISSOURI: The final day of the inaugural Tour of Missouri served as a victory lap for George Hincapie and the Discovery Channel team. Several of them, in fact.

Thrust in the lead role, Hincapie took the individual title in his team's final U.S. event before disbanding, playing it safe in the final stage of the six-day, 563-mile event, a 74-mile circuit race.

"It was very important for us to have a strong team here and try to get the win," Hincapie said. "Having basically most of the Tour de France team working for me was really special.

"I'll definitely miss those guys in the next couple of years."

Team Slipstream-Chipotle won the team title with two of the top five overall finishers, and Discovery Channel was second.


n DUCKS LOSE SCHNEIDER TO BROKEN ANKLE: New Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will be out at least four weeks after breaking a bone in the left ankle during his first preseason game with the Stanley Cup champions.

An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.

According to coach Randy Carlyle, Schneider was injured in a corner when the defenseman turned around and twisted his ankle while trying to close in on a Kings player.

"It was very harmless looking, but obviously we got the worst-case scenario as far as what transpired," Carlyle said. "It's obviously something we didn't expect to happen, but injuries are part of the game and now somebody else will get more of an opportunity.

"This is the hand we're dealt, and we'll deal with it. Kent Huskins, Joe DiPenta, Shane Hnidy and Maxim Kondratiev are going to be expected to fill a larger role and play to another level. We feel they can make a contribution, so we'll see how it plays out."

The 38-year-old Schneider, beginning his 20th NHL season, signed a two-year, $11.25-million deal with Anaheim. The Ducks brought him aboard this summer as insurance in case captain Scott Niedermayer decides to retire. The team isn't pressuring Niedermayer for a decision, but did suspend him last Tuesday when he didn't report for training camp.

Schneider had 11 goals and 41 assists in 68 games with Detroit last season, his fourth with the Red Wings. He broke his wrist in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against San Jose on May 5 and missed the rest of the postseason.

On the first day of camp with the Ducks, Schneider limped off the ice after a wrist shot by Hnidy hit him in the same ankle.

"It's just something you have to deal with," teammate Sean O'Donnell said after Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Phoenix. "I'm just glad it happened now, as opposed to February, March or April. Hopefully this will be the last time something like that happens to him."