TOKYO - Czech Petra Kvitova recovered from a second-set meltdown to beat fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 and capture the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday for her second title of the year.
Seventh seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, burst from the blocks in the Tokyo final, storming through the first set, but inexplicably suffered a dreaded 0-6 'bagel' in the second.
AUCKLAND - The Wellington Phoenix have gone down 1-0 to Auckland City in their final pre-season match before the start of the A-League soccer season. Substitute Sam Burfoot scored in the 86th minute, firing home from 25 metres to give the home side a boost in their preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December.
QPR tops Boro
LONDON - Queens Park Rangers stayed three points clear at the top of the English football's second-tier Championship after a 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough. Joey Barton's fourth minute goal set Harry Redknapp's men on their way towards a seventh league win, which never looked threatened once Charlie Austin converted from the penalty spot following handball by Ben Gibson 11 minutes before the break.
PARIS - French champions Paris Saint-Germain maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they ground out a 2-0 victory over Toulouse on Saturday to provisionally move top of Ligue 1. Teenage defender Marquinhos netted his first goal in the French top flight four minutes prior to half-time at the Parc des Princes before Edinson Cavani converted a late penalty to send PSG a point clear of Monaco, who travel to Reims on Sunday, at the summit.
LONDON - Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has told a British newspaper that he does not expect to return to Liverpool after his loan with Napoli. The Spain international joined Napoli on loan during the close season after Liverpool signed Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
LONDON - Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs says he is trying to keep quiet about his impending 40th birthday, for fear of becoming the butt of changing-room jokes. Giggs reaches the milestone in November and is set to become only the fourth outfield player aged over 40 to appear in the Premier League after Gordon Strachan, Kevin Phillips and former team-mate Teddy Sheringham.