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Second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi missed out on capturing their second ATP title of the season after losing the St. Petersburg Open fina.

Bopanna-Qureshi finish runners-up

Second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi missed out on capturing their second ATP title of the season after losing the St. Petersburg Open final to Daniele Bracciali and Starace Potito 6-7 (6),6-7 (5) on Sunday. With this defeat,Bopanna and Qureshi have now lost six of their seven ATP finals this season.

Westwood becomes golf’s world No. 1

Lee Westwood of England became golf’s No. 1 player after PGA champion Martin Kaymer failed to finish among the top two at the Andalucia Masters. The change ends Tiger Woods’ five-year long reign atop the rankings. Westwood is the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994 to be No. 1 and the 13th player since the rankings began in 1986. However,with the HSBC Champions in Shanghai boasting a strong field of Westwood,Woods,Kaymer and Phil Mickelson,any of them could be on top by the end of this week.

Chowrasia finishes ninth; McDowell wins

SSP Chowrasia carded even-par 71 in the final round to finish ninth at the Andalucia Masters in Valderrama,Spain. Jeev Milkha Singh was further back at tied 14th after carding a disastrous five-over 76. Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot 74 to win the title. He finished at 3-under,two shots ahead of countryman Gareth Maybin,who shot a disastrous 5-over 76 to finish tied second with Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (69) and Ireland’s Damien McGrane (72).

Atwal tied 26th in Asia-Pacific Classic


Indian golfer Arjun Atwal returned an erratic two-under 69 in the final round to rise a rung and sign off tied 26th in the Asia Pacific Classic. Atwal ended his campaign with a total of seven-under 277 in the Asian and PGA Tour co-sanctioned event. American Ben Crane (69) clinched the title with a total of 18-under 266.

Rodriguez wins it for Liverpool

Maxi Rodriguez stuck in a Fernando Torres pass to salvage a 1-0 win for Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers. Rodriguez stuck four minutes from time to lift Liverpool up to 12th spot. Meanwhile,Kevin Nolan scored a hat-trick and Shola Amoebi netted twice as Newcastle routed 10-man Sunderland 5-1. Darren Bent’s last-minute goal was only a consolation. Aston Villa played out goalless draw with Birmingham City.

Lazio stretch lead at the top in Serie A

Andre Dias scored the only goal of the match to give 10-man Lazio a 1-0 win away to Palermo. The result stretches Lazio’s lead in Serie A to four points. Lazio are on top with 22 points,Inter Milan second with 18 and AC Milan a further point behind. Also on Sunday,it was: Napoli 1-0 Brescia; Sampdoria 1-0 Cesena; Bari 0-2 Udinese; Cagliari 2-0 Bologna; Parma 0-0 Chievo Verona. On Saturday,AS Roma won 2-0 over Lecce but captain Francesco Totti was banned for one game and can face further sanctions.

Ronaldo brace sees Madrid through

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the last eight minutes to help Real Madrid rally for a 3-1 win over Hercules and stay atop the Spanish league. Madrid lead the league with 23 points from nine games,while Barcelona trail by one point after beating Sevilla 5-0. Earlier,Valencia were held to 1-1 at home by 10-man Zaragoza.

Juan Pablo Montoya on NASCAR pole

Juan Pablo Montoya won pole at the Talladega Superspeedway,turning a lap at 297.14 kph to better the contenders in qualifying,but knows the spotlight will be on the middle of the pack,where championship contenders Jimmie Johnson,Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick will start Amp Energy 500.