Kerber clinches Stanford title

STANFORD - Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Karolina Pliskova in a tight three-set battle in the finals of the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday to match Serena Williams for most tournament titles this season. Kerber closed out the up-and-coming Czech player by claiming the last two games of an entertaining two-hour, seven-minute contest for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory. It was Kerber's fourth victory of the year, tying Williams. Williams's total, of course, includes the first three grand slam events of the season with a shot at a calendar-year Grand Slam sweep at the upcoming U.S. Open championships. "We always have tough battles when we play each other," the 27-year-old Kerber said about Pliskova. "And actually I think we'll have more finals against each other in the future."–Reuters

Henry reels in Barracuda with playoff eagle

RENO - JJ Henry sank an 18-foot eagle putt from off the green at the second extra hole to beat Kyle Reifers in a playoff at the Barracuda Championship on Sunday. Reifers missed a 12-foot eagle chance of his own at the par-five 18th hole that would have extended the playoff against Henry, who earned just his third win in 439 starts on the PGA Tour. "It's been a struggle this year but I dug deep today," the 40-year-old American told Golf Channel after starting the day with three bogeys in four holes as he frittered away his overnight lead. "Just real proud of the way I hung in there after a tough start and a tough windy day. Just gutted it out. It's a great feeling." The victory earned Henry a late invitation to the PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday.–Reuters

Phelps swims year’s fastest 200m medley

SAN ANTONIO - Michael Phelps continued his brilliant comeback when he swam the fastest time in the world this year to win the 200 metres individual medley at the U.S. championships in on Sunday. The most decorated Olympian of all-time was ahead of world record pace after 150m, before fading slightly over the final 50m of freestyle. He clocked one minute 54.75 seconds, significantly faster than fellow American Ryan Lochte swam to win the world championships in Russia in 1:55.81 on Thursday. Lochte holds the world record of 1:54.00 from 2011. "I feel so old it's kind of wild," Phelps, 30, said in a poolside interview as the large crowd roared in approval. "I've been away from the sport for a while and I feel like I'm kind of back where I used to be. It's good to be here."–Reuters

Naeem to head Rawalpindi Region again

ISLAMABAD - Major (R) Naeem Gillani returned unopposed as Rawalpindi Region president for the third time in running after other three candidates withdrew their nomination papers before the expiry date. The PCB will issue his notification today (Tuesday). The sources told The Nation that Naeem once again managed to grab the hot seat of Rawalpindi Region as power brokers decided in his favor. Gillani was president of Rawalpindi Region from 2007 to 2013. The PCB had set July 25 as last date for submitting nomination papers and till last date, besides Gillani, three other candidates also filled nomination papers. August 8 was last date to withdraw nomination papers and last remaining candidate Nasir Shah also withdrew his nomination before the deadline expired which helped Gillani return unopposed.–Staff Reporter

ITC to hold tennis event to mark I-Day

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad Tennis Complex (ITC) will organise one-day female tennis championship on August 14 to mark Independence Day at ITC. Talking to The Nation, former Pakistan Davis Cup coach and ITC MD Fazale Subhan said: “The event will provide platform to female players, as Pakistan tennis is facing very difficult times as far as female tennis is concerned. There is acute shortage of female players but we have received a whopping 60 entries for the event. We will conduct women singles, doubles and team events and offer handsome cash prizes, trophies, medals and certificates to them. We are also expecting a few entries from diplomatic community as diplomats are regular members of ITC and it will be a unique occasion when Pakistani girls will play alongside foreigners,” Subhan concluded.–Staff Reporter