October 3, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Murray grabs 19th title at Thailand Open


Tennis: Fourth-ranked Andy Murray beat Donald Young 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Sunday to claim his 19th career title.

The top-seeded Briton was in complete control throughout the 48-minute match, exploiting the lack of experience and unforced errors from 22-year-old American opponent.

In the doubles final, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Oliver Marach of Austria beat Germans Michael Kolhmann and Alexander Waske 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5).

• Tipsarevic edges Baghdatis for Malaysian Open title: Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 7-5 to win the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, capturing his first ATP World Tour title in his fifth final.

The 27-year-old Tipsarevic had been the only top-20 player without an ATP title.

Cooper leads Timbers over Whitecaps

Soccer: Kenny Cooper scored in the 25th minute and the Portland Timbers beat the Whitecaps 1-0 in the first MLS game played at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver striker Eric Hassli missed a scoring chance on a header in the final moments.

Danedream runs to race record in Paris

Horse racing: Long shot filly Danedream raced away in the last 250 meters of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris to capture a five-length victory over Shareta in Europe’s most prestigious flat race.

The 23-1 Danedream, a late addition to the 16-horse field, covered the 2,400-meter Longchamp racecourse in 2 minutes, 24.49 seconds to break the race record set by Peintre Celebre in 1997.

• Acclamation claims fifth straight win: Acclamation pressed pacesetter Make Music for Me until taking the lead going into the stretch to extend his winning streak to five races with a victory in the $150,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

The winner ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.45.

• Blind Luck out of Ladies’ Classic: Blind Luck will miss the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic next month, although Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer says last year’s 3-year-old filly champion isn’t injured.

Blind Luck was considered a leading contender for the $2 million Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Big East cleared to explore expansion

COLLEGES: The presidents and chancellors of the 14 remaining Big East members and TCU have authorized Commissioner John Marinatto to “aggressively pursue discussions” with schools interested in joining the league.

Navy, an independent, and Air Force, of the Mountain West Conference, are among the Big East’s top targets for expansion. There has been speculation that Temple also could be invited back to the league.

East Carolina has announced it has applied for membership in the Big East, and other Conference USA schools also could be considered, including Houston, Memphis and Central Florida.

The Big East also still has to guard against losing more of its current members.

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