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Masters runner-up Blixt dreaming of Ryder Cup AUGUSTA: Sweden's Jonas Blixt, pushing to play for Europe's Ryder Cup team, took his second top-four finish in three career major starts on Sunday at the Masters yet still feels cursed.Blixt fired a one-under par 71 Sunday to share second with Jordan Spieth at the 78th Masters, each of them on five-under 283, three shots behind winner Bubba Watson.Blixt, who finished fourth last August at the PGA Championship, hopes his efforts will be enough to convince European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, whose name he struggled to recall, to select him for the squad to defend the trophy in Scotland next September."That would be a lifelong dream to appear on one of those teams. I'm going to do everything I can, absolutely everything, to be on that team," Blixt said."It's up to Paul McGinley to make the decisions on that. I'm going to try to play as good as I ...

Verdasco wins all-Spanish Houston final HOUSTON: Fourth seed Fernando Verdasco defeated Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets to snap a six-match losing streak in finals and claim the US men's clay court championship title Sunday.Former world number seven Verdasco earned his first title since 2010 with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) victory at the River Oaks Country Club.Verdasco hammered four aces and saved six-of-seven break point chances in the one hour, 52 minute match.Almagro made Verdasco work for the ...

Scoring difficult for early starters at the Masters AUGUSTA: Conditions were tricky for early starters on a lightning-fast, sun-baked Augusta National layout where a tightly bunched leaderboard was likely to create a gripping finish to the Masters on Sunday.Only seven players were under par for the final round in the early going, Australian Steve Bowditch the best of them after eagling the par-five second and recording a birdie at the par-four third to get to one over for the tournament.Most fans, however, were ...

Leverkusen coach Lewandowski enjoys winning start BERLIN: Bayer Leverkusen bounced back after a recent bad run to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 on Sunday and move back up to fourth place in the Bundesliga, celebrating a winning debut for new coach Sascha Lewandowski.Leverkusen, who sacked Sami Hyypia last week after only one win in their previous nine league games, grabbed a first-minute lead through Stefan Kiessling's 15th league goal of the season. Julian Brandt gave them a two-goal cushion after Son Heung-min's ...

Record-equalling seven titles for Le Clos DURBAN: Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos from South Africa won a record-equalling seven titles at the national swimming championships which closed in Durban this weekend.The 21-year-old, who stunned American superstar Michael Phelps to win the 2012 London Games 200-metre butterfly, entered eight events in his home city.And he won the 200m butterfly (1 min 54.56 sec), 200m freestyle (1:48.43), 200m backstroke (1:57.93), 200m individual medley (1:57.94), 100m freestyle (49.38), 100m butterfly (52.14) and ...

Cornet wins fourth career title in Poland KATOWICE: France's Alize Cornet won her fourth career title on Sunday when she saved a match point on her way to a 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 7-5 victory over Italy's Camila Giorgi in the Katowice final.Cornet, the world 22, added the Poland title to trophies at Budapest in 2008, Bad Gastein in 2012 and Strasbourg last year.The 24-year-old had knocked out world number three Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals."What a match. It was definitely a huge ...

Djokovic hits fast forward in Monte Carlo MONACO: Novak Djokovic believes he has hit the reset button on his 2014 season at exactly the right moment as the world number two enters the Monte Carlo Masters eager to begin his title defence.The Serb, who is based in the principality, ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year title streak a year ago although the Spaniard still went on to defend his French Open crown.Djokovic said he was bolstered by his back-to-back Masters trophies from the US ...


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