Lindsay Davenport defeated top-seeded Serena Williams, 6-1, 6-3, in just more than an hour yesterday to win the JPMorgan Chase Open, her fourth career title in eight finals appearances of her hometown tournament in Carson, Calif.

"I've practiced here since I was 5 or 6," Davenport said. "I feel really great being able to stay home."

A week ago, Davenport beat Venus Williams in a riveting three-set match to win the Bank of the West title in Stanford, Calif.

The victories ended Davenport's four-year losing streak to both sisters.

"The last 10 months I've been building a little bit stronger base physically," said Davenport, whose foot injury hampered her most of last year before she had offseason surgery. "I was able to withstand the power and be able to run down some balls. Pulling through a really close match last week has given me a lot of confidence."

In 1998, Davenport won at Stanford, suburban Los Angeles and Carlsbad in consecutive weeks before winning her only U.S. Open title. She finished the year ranked No. 1. . . .

Andy Roddick used his trademark blistering serve and powerful groundstrokes to overwhelm Nicolas Kiefer, 6-2, 6-3, and win a second straight RCA Championships title in Indianapolis.

Roddick hit 10 aces, routinely topping 140 mph, and Kiefer couldn't keep up.

The American, ranked second, joined 1991-92 winner Pete Sampras as the only repeat champions since the event switched from clay to hard courts in 1988. Boris Becker is the only other multiple champion on hard courts at the tournament.

"I'm the low man on that totem pole," Roddick said. "It's pretty humbling." . . .

Mary Pierce played solidly en route to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Claudine Schaul in the first round of the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Only two seeded players saw action, including No. 16 seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, who was upset by Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4. Ninth-seeded Paola Suarez of Argentina was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Hungary's Aniko Kapros.

* PRO FOOTBALL: The St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Steven Jackson to a five-year contract.

Jackson was the 24th overall pick and the first running back taken in the NFL draft in April. He ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State.

Financial terms were not immediately released.

The Rams envision Jackson as the successor to Marshall Faulk, who is entering his 12th NFL season. Faulk, 31, is signed through 2008. . . .

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver P.K. Sam, a fifth-round draft pick, and cornerback Christian Morton, a seventh-rounder.

The Patriots also released defensive lineman Ryan Atoe and wide receiver Ricky Bryant. . . .

The New York Jets signed linebacker Darrell McClover, one of its four seventh-round picks.

* TRACK: Yelena Isinbayeva reclaimed the pole vault world record at the Norwich Union International meet in Birmingham, England, and world champion Kim Collins led from start to finish to capture the men's 100 meters.

Russia's Isinbayeva cleared 16 feet 1/2 inch, breaking the previous mark of 16 feet, set by Svetlana Feofanova on July 4 in Iraklion, Greece. Feofanova had bettered Isinbayeva's record of 15-113/4, set June 27 in England.

Collins won the 100 in 10.10 seconds. Britain's Mark Lewis-Francis was second with 10.27, followed by Americans John Capel in 10.28 and Leonard Scott in 10.30.

World champion Allen Johnson (Lake Braddock) won the 110 hurdles in 13.25.

* HORSE RACING: Spite the Devil surged past the tiring leaders in the final furlong to win the $107,700 Evan Shipman Stakes for 3-year-old horses and older by a half-length on the last day of Belmont Park's spring-summer meeting.

It was the fourth victory of the day for jockey Edgar Prado, who won last year's Shipman Stakes aboard Well Fancied.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Jim Tressel of Ohio State will coach in the Gridiron Classic on Jan. 15. The postseason all-star game will be played at the Villages, a retirement community northwest of Orlando.

-- From News Services

Lindsay Davenport hunkers down as she returns a shot against Serena Williams en route to a second straight title.