Roger Federer captured the Thailand Open for the second straight year Sunday in Bangkok, defeating British teenager Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5. Federer, ranked No. 1, has won 24 consecutive ATP finals, including seven this season.
“I had to work hard to get to this point,” Federer said. “There are tough challengers, but not this week. I’m amazed with myself, and hopefully I’ll keep doing this in the future.”
•Kim Clijsters moved closer to reclaiming the No. 1 ranking, beating Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2, 6-4 to win the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg a fifth time. The third-ranked Belgian has won 26 of 27 matches and is closing in on top-ranked Maria Sharapova and No. 2 Lindsay Davenport, both of whom are injured.
•Jonas Bjorkman defeated third-seeded Radek Stepanek in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 6-3, 7-6 (4) to win the inaugural Vietnam Open for his first ATP title since 2002.
•China’s Yan Zi won her first WTA singles title, capturing the Guangzhou (China) International when Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives stopped in the second set because of a strained left hamstring.
•Igor Andreev rebounded from a first-set wipeout to defeat Filippo Volandri 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the Palermo (Sicily) International final for his second ATP title.
Hurricane Run wins top European race
Hurricane Run won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the famed Longchamp course, giving trainer Andre Fabre a sixth victory in Europe’s most prestigious horse race.
The 3-year-old colt, the favorite ridden by Kieren Fallon, edged Westerner near the line. Bago, last year’s winner, finished third on the 1.5-mile track in Bois de Boulogne.
Total prize money for the weekend’s 16 races was more than $4.8 million, with nearly $2.2 million for the Arc and $1.2 million for the winner.
•Brother Derek defeated A.P. Warrior by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Alex Solis, Brother Derek covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.38 and paid $9, $4.60 and $2.80.
Brazil’s soccer league will replay games
Brazil’s soccer league must replay 11 games officiated by a referee who admitted taking part in a fix.
Referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho told authorities he was paid to favor certain clubs. Luiz Zveiter, president of Brazil’s Superior Tribunal of Sports Justice, annulled all games worked by Carvalho.
Three-time national champion Corinthians jumped from second to first place because of the decision. It replaced Internacional atop the 22-team standings. The Brazilian Soccer Confederation already has rescheduled eight games.
•Mexico won its first Under 17 World Soccer Championship, beating Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru, on goals by Carlos Vela, Omar Esparza and Ever Guzman.
•Season leader Tony Schumacher captured his second straight Top Fuel win in the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. Also, Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field and Jason Line won the Pro Stock division.
•Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria won the gold medal in the 132-pound Greco-Roman division at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Hungary took the Greco-Roman team title with 41 points, ahead of Russia (27) and Turkey (26).
Turkey’s Hamza Yerlikaya defeated Hungary’s Lajos Virag to win the 212-pound category, while the title at 265 pounds went to Cuba’s Mijail Lopez.
•Eneko Llanos of Spain and American Jamie Whitmore won the Nissan Xterra USA Championship in Reno, Nev. Llanos won the triathlon in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 13 seconds. Whitmore of Elk Grove, Calif., won the women’s event in 3:01:30.
•Apolo Ohno severely sprained his ankle and was forced to withdraw from the first World Cup meet of the year in Hangzhou, China, in short-track speedskating.
•Mbarak Hussein and Nicole Aish won the Twin Cities Marathon in ST. Paul, Minn. Hussein covered the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 28 seconds. The 29-year-old Aish won in 2:40:21.
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