Back on tour
LOS ANGELES - Scott Gardiner has claimed a place back on the US PGA Tour for next season after finishing tied for second in the web.com Tour Championship. But the news was not good for the other 10 Australians vying to join him as they all failed to earn the necessary money and will instead ply their trade on the secondary tour.
MADRID - Villarreal suffered their first defeat since returning to the Spanish top-flight on Sunday as Nosa Igiebor's first-half goal handed Real Betis a 1-0 win. The Nigerian midfielder pounced nine minutes before half-time to steer the ball home after Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo had parried Joan Verdu's effort.
GENOA, Italy - Genoa have sacked coach Fabio Liverani and rehired Gian Piero Gasperini after one of their worst starts to an Italian soccer league season. Liverani was promoted from youth team coach in the off-season but his team have won just one match — the derby against Sampdoria — and lost four of their opening six.
BERLIN - Kenya's Wilson Kipsang said he was delighted to break the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday in a new official best time of 2hrs 3 mins and 23 seconds. The 31-year-old shaved 15 seconds off compatriot Patrick Makau's previous world record in the German capital two years ago.
FLORENCE - Portugal's Alberto Rui Costa stunned Spanish rival Joaquin Rodriguez to win a dramatic men's road race at the world cycling championships in Italy on Sunday, highlighted by Australian Cadel Evans crashing out of contention. Rodriguez finished second to take the silver with compatriot Alejandro Valverde claiming bronze.
SYDNEY - Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed he will stay at the club, according to News Corp Australia reports. Just 24 hours after his team and club legend Danny Buderus were knocked out of the NRL finals by the Sydney Roosters, Bennett told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday night he was staying put.