Lee retains crown at Korea Open

CHEONAN - Defending champion Lee Kyoung-Hoon fired a final-round 68 to win the Korea Open title for the second time Sunday. He carded 16-under-par 268 for a three-stroke victory over countryman Choi Jin-Ho at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan. Choi mounted a strong challenge on the front nine before three straight bogeys from the 10th derailed his glory bid. One shot behind was Kang Kyung-Nam, who was looking to re-ignite his career. Choi, two strokes behind after the third round, drew level with Lee after birdies at the first and the fourth, turning the contest into an engrossing duel. Lee shot four straight birdies from the par-five fifth hole as Choi picked up three shots in the same stretch. But Choi's challenge crumbled after the turn with three bogeys on the trot.–AFP

 

Rashford will be Man Utd star

LONDON - Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has predicted that his teammate Marcus Rashford will one day ‘take over everything’, in comments broadcast on Sunday. Rashford, 18, made a stunning breakthrough last season, scoring eight goals in his first 18 United appearances and earning a berth in England's Euro 2016 squad. Ibrahimovic's arrival has cost Rashford his first-team place, but he made a big impact off the bench in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Man City and his teammate believes the future will be his. "First of all, he's 18, he's still young. He has a lot of time," Ibrahimovic said. "I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he's able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time.”–AFP

 

West Ham teasing inspired Watford

LONDON - Watford's 4-2 comeback victory over West Ham United was motivated by a desire to punish the London team for showboating, according to victorious captain Troy Deeney. West Ham went 2-0 up in Saturday's Premier League game, but Watford stormed back to give manager Walter Mazzarri his first win. Dimitri Payet set up West Ham's second goal with a 'rabona' cross -- wrapping his kicking foot behind his standing leg -- and Manuel Lanzini had an effort on goal using the same technique. Deeney said: "As a player, I thought they were trying to mug us off a little bit. "You can appreciate good skill and that was great skill for the second goal, but as a professional you cannot allow someone to do that to you. "You see that in the playground with six and seven-year-olds, and we are grown men.”–AFP

 

Spurs boss Pochettino revels in Stoke rout

STOKE-ON-TRENT - Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have shaken off the hangover of last season's meltdown in the Premier League title race as they prepare to challenge on multiple fronts. Pochettino's side host Monaco in their opening Champions League fixture on Wednesday in the second of seven games in 22 days. And after a low-key start to their title challenge, Pochettino says Saturday's 4-0 win at Stoke proves his players have moved on from last term, when they fell away to finish third after heading into the final weeks as title contenders. "We have a very hard season with the Champions League and everything and it's important we have everyone competing," he said. "After four games unbeaten you can see the players are thinking about the new season and the new challenge.”–AFP

 

Japanese star keeps Arc bid afloat

CHANTILLY - Japan's quest to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe received a boost Sunday when Makahiki emerged victorious from his dress rehearsal for next month's showpiece. The Japanese Derby winner is the latest in a long line of raiders from Japan to try and claim Europe's premier all-aged prize, a list that included his sire, Deep Impact, who finished third in 2006. Makahiki was a cosy winner of one of the key trials for the October 2 feature, the Group 2 Prix Niel. With Longchamp closed for renovation this year's renewal is being staged north of Paris at Chantilly over the same course and distance as the Prix Foy. Since their first shot at the Arc in 1969 Japan has come close to landing the coveted prize that has proved frustratingly elusive with in 1999 El Condor Pasa was only bettered by Montjeu.–AFP