Roger Federer won his third straight title, beating Andy Roddick, 7-5, 6-3, in the final of the $2.5 million Tennis Masters Canada yesterday in Toronto.

Federer, ranked No. 1, won his eighth event of the year and extended his winning streak to 23 matches. He also is 7-1 against second-ranked Roddick in his career.

"Andy, I'm sorry you didn't win another final," said Federer. "But in the future I'm sure we'll play many, many more great matches and you'll get your fair share of them."

Roddick defeated Federer in the semifinals of this event last year and went on to win the tournament. Since then, Roddick is 0-3 against Federer, including a four-set loss in the Wimbledon final.

"I'd like to congratulate Roger," Roddick said. "You're certainly becoming very annoying." . . .

Three weeks, three titles for Lindsay Davenport.

Davenport defeated French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, 6-1, 6-1, in the Acura Classic final in Carlsbad, Calif., extending her winning streak to 14 matches.

She also completed a California slam for the second time in her career.

"I feel like I totally deserve everything that's happened to me," she said. "I've proven a lot to myself the last three weeks."

Her three-title run in Stanford, Carson and Carlsbad included victories over Venus (twice) and Serena Williams (once). Those were her first wins over the sisters in four years. . . .

Serena Williams withdrew from the $1.3 million Rogers Cup in Montreal because of a left knee injury she suffered in the Acura Classic last week.

* SOCCER: The chief executive of the England Football Association resigned over the handling of an internal sex scandal that also involves national team coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Mark Palios tendered his resignation, and it was accepted immediately, the Football Association said.

"I am very sad that I feel this is necessary," said Palios, who took the job July 1, 2003.

The problem centers on the FA denying that Eriksson had an affair with secretary Faria Alam, only to issue a news release five days later admitting both Eriksson and Palios had affairs with her. . . .

Hakan Sukur and Arif Erdam each had a goal to lead Galatasaray to a 2-1 victory over European champion FC Porto in an exhibition match.

The crowd of 15,408 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., dropped the Champions World Series of exhibitions average to 41,534 fans, down from last year's average of 52,821. The tour features nine European club teams; games are being played in the United States and Canada.

* BASEBALL: Drew Stubbs (Texas) hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the fifth inning, and right-hander Luke Hochevar (Tennessee) earned the win, leading the United States to a 4-2 victory over Japan to win the World University Baseball Championship in Taipei, Taiwan.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (Virginia) led the team with a .468 batting average, four home runs and 27 RBI in eight games, all wins.

-- From News Services