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  • Ko, Lewis fight for bonus as Granada grabs lead
    Ko, Lewis fight for bonus as Granada grabs lead

    Naples (United States) (AFP) - New Zealand teen Lydia Ko and American Stacy Lewis battled for a $1 million season bonus Saturday but Paraguay's Julieta Granada was the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship leader after 54 holes.

  • Pacquiao beats Algieri to retain WBO welterweight title
    Pacquiao beats Algieri to retain WBO welterweight title

    Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao comprehensively dismantled American Chris Algieri to retain his World Boxing Organization welterweight title at the Cotai Arena in Macau on Sunday. Pacquiao dropped Algieri to the canvas six times during the 12-round contest in the southern Chinese city to win an overwhelming unanimous decision, 119-103, 119-103, 120-102 on the judges' cards. Algieri, the unbeaten WBO light welterweight champion, was outclassed from the start, with the eight-division world champion Pacquiao knocking the Long Islander down in the second round, twice in both the sixth and ninth rounds, and finally again in the 10th. Pacquiao was landing punches at will as the quick Algieri tried to run, slip and hide from the onslaught.

  • Ice man Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer. Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the day on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back. ...

  • Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    By Julien Pretot LILLE, France (Reuters) - Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France on Sunday. The 17-times grand slam champion shook off back problems during the weekend and recovered from Friday's defeat by Gael Monfils to hand France a third defeat in their last three finals. With Federer imperious on serve, there was a sense of inevitability in the air at the Pierre Mauroy stadium despite the support of a record 27,448 raucous crowd and Gasquet's decent level of play. ...

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