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Ilonen wins Volvo World Match Play title LONDON: Mikko Ilonen of Finland pulled off the biggest win of his career at London Golf Club on Sunday, defeating top seed Henrik Stenson of Sweden 3 and 1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play championship.Ilonen clinched the win, in what was the 50th anniversary of the celebrated European PGA Tour tournament, on the 17th green when Stenson, already 2 down, conceded after missing with a long birdie putt.Setting out shortly after winning their morning semi-finals, the tournament's concluding tie saw some patchy play from both men to start with.Ilonen though was the steadier and he moved ahead with a birdie putt at the eighth.The Finn then took back-to-back holes at the 11th and 12th to move three ahead.Stenson tried hard to claw his way back into it, taking the 13th and 15th holes, but Ilonen kept him at bay by winning the 14th.The Swede needed to ...

Jet-heeled Murray boosts London bid with Vienna triumph VIENNA: Andy Murray wasted no time in hopping on a jet on Sunday for his next ATP event in Spain after boosting his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals by winning the Austrian Open.The Scot claimed the 30th title of his career as he defeated Spain's David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, lifting the title on his Austrian debut as he played his 44th career final.The 27-year-old is now one of five active players ...

Champions Toulon open with tough win over Scarlets PARIS: Reigning two-time champions Toulon began the defence of their European Rugby Champions Cup crown with a rugged 28-18 victory over a spirited Scarlets on Sunday.Australian play-maker Matt Giteau, centre Maxime Mermoz and English No.8 Steffon Armitage crossed the whitewash as Toulon finally pulled away in the second half.The result was enough to put the French champions top of Pool 3 ahead of their trip to Northern Ireland next weekend to face Ulster, who lost ...

Hot-shot Honda fires Milan up to fourth MILAN: Japan international Keisuke Honda struck a brace in a 3-1 win at Verona to go top of the Serie A scoring charts on Sunday as AC Milan moved up to fourth.Milan travelled to the Bentegodi stadium looking for their second successive win having accounted for another Verona-based side, Chievo, two weeks ago.The visitors were missing injured French forward Jeremy Menez, but Honda was in scintillating form."He's the consummate professional and a great player, I ...

Montpellier sign Aussie Lucas as medical cover TOULOUSE: Montpellier announced the signing of Australian Ben Lucas Sunday as medical cover for injured France international fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.The French Top 14 side made the move as Trinh-Duc is out for between three and four months with a broken leg, suffered last weekend in a league match against Oyonnax.The versatile Lucas, 26, can play at scrum-haf, fly-half and full-back."He's an Australian who's arriving from Queensland Reds, he's played a few matches at No.10 in ...

Pakistan capable of toppling Aussies despite difficulties: Bari KARACHI: Pakistan team is capable of topping formidable Australian team despite their problems in one-day series and one-off T20 match, former Pakistan captain Wasim Bari said on Sunday.We got the problems in batting, bowling fielding. But Pakistan team had staged a grand comeback on many occasions and we are looking forward another, he told APP in an exclusive interview ahead of the first Test starting in Dubai from October 22.He said Test match is different ...

McKenzie walks on Wallabies after Beale row indignities SYDNEY: Ewen McKenzie always places great stock in the character of the players he works with and ultimately it seems that having his own integrity so publicly questioned caused him to walk away from a job he coveted for so long.The 49-year-old said the media would have to wait until he published his memoirs to know the real story behind his shock departure as Australia's rugby coach, but there is no doubt the saga surrounding ...


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