GUANGZHOU - Top seed Sorana Cirstea crashed out of the Guangzhou Open in the first round yesterday, but British number one Laura Robson powered through as she looks to repeat last year's final appearance. Robson defeated Cirstea in the semi-finals 12 months ago, but the Romanian was well beaten by Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-1.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's sports tribunal has suspended Argentine midfielder Damian Escudero for 30 days after he failed a doping test in the Brazilian league. Escudero tested positive for a banned corticoid after a Vitoria match in July. He has already served the suspension while waiting for his trial and is clear to play.
ATLANTA - World number one Tiger Woods seeks his third US PGA Tour play-off crown as well as his sixth title of the year when the season-ending Tour Championship opens tomorrow. Woods, a 14-time major champion has the most play-off points to lead a field of 30 into Atlanta's East Lake for the championship showdown for a $US10 million ($F18.621 million) play-off prize.
SAN FRANCISCO - America's Cup racing was cancelled yesterday due to high winds on San Francisco Bay, denying Emirates Team New Zealand a chance to capture the trophy by sweeping two races. Racing is to resume on Wednesday, when the Kiwis could seize yachting's top trophy by beating Oracle Team USA in both scheduled races.
SEOUL - Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed through her first round match in the Seoul WTA tournament yesterday, brushing aside Romania's Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets. The 2012 Wimbledon finalist and world No.4 started off tentatively in the first set, but soon found her stride and finally overpowered Cadantu 6-4 6-0.
AUCKLAND - Australia netball skipper Laura Geitz says the Diamonds will have to adapt better to umpiring calls during the remainder of the Constellation Cup. The Diamonds were on the wrong end of an 80-62 penalty count in losing the opening Test of the five-match series in Invercargill.
LOS ANGELES - Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been forced to apologise for an Instagram photo and caption that mocked former world champ and promoter Oscar de la Hoya's substance-abuse problem. Mayweather apologised for the picture of a sombre-looking de la Hoya on his Instagram page Monday with the headline "MEANWHILE IN REHAB". The caption said, "OSCAR: "I gave Canelo the wrong Blueprint I was high."
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Bengals shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 20-10 victory Tuesday behind a two-touchdown performance from rookie running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard ran for an early touchdown and grabbed a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton in the third quarter that gave Cincinnati a lead they kept till the end.