CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Thomas Bjorn made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole yesterday to beat Craig Lee for the European Masters golf title. Bjorn watched Lee's attempt from 15 feet slide left of the hole on the par-4 18th. Both had finished with 20-under-par totals of 264.
MONZA, Italy - Sebastian Vettel extended his world championship lead to more than 50 points and was then booed by the crowd after claiming a polished victory for Red Bull in yesterday's Italian Grand Prix. The 26-year-old German, series leader and defending triple world champion, survived a torrid start and gearbox problems to dominate an intriguing 53-lap race.
NEW YORK - Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, the fourth-seeded India-Czech pairing, won the US Open men's doubles title yesterday, their second major as a team and the Indian star's third in New York. Paes and Stepanek defeated Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazil's Bruno Soares, the second seeds, 6-1 6-3.
LJUBLJANA - Tony Parker scored 28 points yesterday to lead France past Ukraine 77-71 and into round two of the European basketball championship in Slovenia. Finland edged Russia 86-83 in double overtime to also advance. Finland trailed in regulation and first overtime but tied it late both times to remain in the game, before eliminating the Russians.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon coach Volker Finke appeared to confirm yesterday that Samuel Eto'o had retired from internationals after reports the Chelsea striker told teammates the victory over Libya in a World Cup qualifier was his last game for his country. Asked about any retirement, Finke said Eto'o was "the only one to explain this".
LAS VEGAS - Australian triathlete Melissa Hauschildt has survived a crash on the bike leg to create history with her victory in the half-ironman world championship in Las Vegas. The 30-year-old from Brisbane became the first woman to claim two wins in the championship - raced over the distance of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run - following her maiden victory on debut in 2011.
NEW YORK - Exciting Australian tennis prospect Thanasi Kokkinakis has lost the US Open junior boys' final in a three-setter at Flushing Meadows. Croatian Borna Coric beat Kokkinakis 3-6 6-3 6-1 on Sunday. Another Croatian, 15-year-old Ana Konjuh, edged out American Tornado Alicia Black 3-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the junior girls' final.
PEYRAGUDES, France - French cyclist Alexandre Geniez of FDJ claimed victory in his homeland as the gruelling 225km 15th stage of the Tour of Spain from Andorra to Peyragudes crossed the border into France. He broke away on a solo escape before the last of four category-one climbs to claim the stage starting in the principality of Andorra, passing through Spanish territory, and finishing at the Peyragudes summit.