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Chan's stunning 62 seals Japan triumph TOKYO: Taiwan's Chan Shih-chang shot a stunning final-round 62 to win the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup by two strokes on Sunday at Osaka's Ibaraki Country Club.The 30-year-old's flawless eight-under-par round saw him finish on 10-under 270 and take the winner's cheque for $294,204, almost double his entire 2016 Asian Tour earnings of $149,453 heading into the tournament.He was off to a blistering start with birdies at three of the first four holes to turn in 32, before five more on the back nine of his bogey-free round saw him climb from 13th place at the start of the day into the winner's circle.Chan had started the day six shots behind the overnight leader Phachara Khongwatmai. But the Thai teenager, who had led since Friday, fell away with four bogeys on his card of two-over 72 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth on six-under. In second place on eight-under 272 ...

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Wozniacki ends title wait with Tokyo victory TOKYO: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Japan's Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday, her first tournament victory since February 2015.The Dane, who has battled back from a wretched run of injuries this year, weathered an early storm from her teenage opponent before running out a comfortable winner, claiming a second Tokyo title and the 24th of her career.Wozniacki, the Pan Pacific champion six years ago, survived another ...

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Women's game needed 'new face' at top: Muguruza WUHAN: French Open winner Garbine Muguruza said Sunday that it was about time women's tennis got a "new face" at the top, after Angelique Kerber broke Serena Williams' 186 week dominance atop the rankings."I'm happy that we have a new face in the world number one, not because I have a preference, but just because I think it's good sometimes," the current world number three told reporters in Wuhan, China."It's about time also to refresh ...

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Golf: Johnson, Chappell share Tour Championship lead WASHINGTON: Dustin Johnson's path to the biggest payday in golf got more complicated on Saturday as a third-round 69 left him tied for the lead with Kevin Chappell at the USPGA Tour Championship.The second-ranked American had led by four shots after his third straight birdie at the sixth hole at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.But he fell a stroke behind Chappell with a double-bogey at the 17th before regaining a share of the lead with ...

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RugbyU: Celtic League results LONDON: Celtic League results on Saturday:Munster 28 Edinburgh 14Scarlets 7 Connacht 8Zebre 21 Cardiff Blues 23Played FridayBenetton Treviso 27 Newport Gwent Dragons 11Glasgow 17 Ulster 22Leinster 31 Ospreys 19Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Tennis: Thiem struggles past Simon into Metz final METZ: World number 10 Dominic Thiem beat France's Gilles Simon to reach the ATP Metz final on Saturday after a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win.It took the 23-year-old Austrian top seed two hours and 17 minutes to beat fourth seed Simon, and the victory sets up a final Sunday against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.Pouille, who defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the US Open quarter-finals last month, surprised Belgian second seed David Goffin 7-6 (8/6), ...

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RugbyU: Champions Racing 92 fall at Castres PARIS: Defending champions Racing 92 once again failed to get past Top 14 rivals Castres, falling 31-23 in the early French rugby championship clash on Saturday.A week after their 41-30 demolition of arch-rivals Toulon, Racing could not find a way past Castres, the only team they failed to beat last season."The European Cup is the number one priority for the club this season," said Racing coach Laurent Labit, a former player and coach at Castres."The ...