Solid Valencia stay in touch with Barca
MADRID • Marcelino Garcia Toral's undefeated Valencia side continued their superb start to the Spanish LaLiga season, with a convincing 4-0 victory over Sevilla at a vibrant Mestalla football stadium.
Goals from Goncalo Guedes (two), Simone Zaza and Santi Mina ensured that Valencia are second in the standings on 21 points, four behind leaders Barcelona, who defeated Malaga 2-0.
Evergrande clinch 7th straight crown
HONG KONG • Guangzhou Evergrande sealed a record seventh successive Chinese Super League title yesterday, as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side thrashed Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng 5-1, giving them an unassailable nine-point lead with two games left.
Scolari, who is expected to leave the football club when his contract expires on Nov 30, has led Guangzhou to three league titles since replacing Fabio Cannavaro in June 2015.
Ji coasts to first LPGA title in 8 years
TAIPEI • South Korean Ji Eun Hee lifted her first LPGA title in eight years with an emphatic six-stroke victory at the Taiwan Championship.
The 31-year-old, who held a six-stroke overnight lead, yesterday cruised through a bogey-free final round of seven-under 65.
Her 17-under 271 total at the Miramar Resort and Country Club gave her a six-shot win over former world No. 1 Lydia Ko (65) of New Zealand.
Murata pummels N'Dam to take belt
TOKYO • Japan's Ryota Murata beat champion Hassan N'Dam by technical knockout yesterday to capture the World Boxing Association middleweight title.
The 2012 Olympic champion put up a convincing display in Tokyo, inflicting heavy punishment on N'Dam, who failed to come out for round eight. Murata also becomes Japan's first middleweight world champion in 22 years.