MADRID - David Villa ended his seven-game scoring drought with a double as Atletico Madrid closed to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 5-0 win over Real Betis. Eighteen-year-old Oliver Torres scored this season's fastest goal after just 13 seconds. Villa then scored his brace before halftime.
FRANKFURT- Vincent Kipruto led a Kenyan sweep of the top five at the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday. In wet and windy conditions, the 26-year-old Kipruto edged Mark Kiptoo by one second to finish in two hours, six minutes, 16 seconds. Elijah Kemboi was third in 2:07:34, followed by Jacob Chesari and Albert Matebor. Feyisa Bekele of Ethiopia was the fastest non-Kenyan.
Black Cats win
LONDON - Sunderland edged arch rivals Newcastle 2-1 at home to climb off the bottom off the bottom of the English Premier table. Following seven defeats and a draw, the Black Cat's first win was secured by goals from Steven Fletcher and Fabio Borini and allowed manager Gus Poyet to enjoy victory in his first match in charge at the Stadium of Light. Mathieu Debuchy equalised for Newcastle until Borini's brilliant winner from 25 metres with six minutes left.
MILAN - Italian soccer league leaders Roma beat Udinese 1-0 on Sunday to set a new record of nine consecutive wins at the start of a Serie A season. Michael Bradley scored the only goal. On Sunday, Napoli beat Torino 2-0, Bologna downed Livorno 1-0, Catania and Sassuolo drew nil-all and Fiorentina defeated Chievo 2-1.
AUCKLAND - The New Zealand Breakers are bringing back Gary Wilkinson to replace fellow American Darnell Lazare, who has been released on the back of the defending NBL champions' three-game losing streak. Wilkinson left the Breakers last year after winning two championships to play in Estonia. The Breakers also announced on Monday that Tall Black Jeremiah Trueman is being placed on a waiver.
GREATER NOIDA - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on Sunday promised to make life more difficult for Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull after seeing another title challenge slip through his fingers. Alonso, a two-time world champion, finally had his faint championship chances extinguished when he made a slow start and finished 11th at the Indian Grand Prix.
DUBAI - Paceman Dale Steyn will miss the first two of the five-match one-day series against Pakistan to rest his body, South African team management said on Sunday. Steyn featured in the second Test, which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday, despite suffering a hamstring injury three days before the match.
SANYA - Lee-Anne Pace defeated rookie Yu Yang Zhang with a birdie on the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the Sanya Ladies Open for the second time in Hainan, China. The 32-year-old South African came from one stroke behind overnight leader South Korea's Ye Na Chung.