Fleetwood wins European Order of Merit

DUBAI - Tommy Fleetwood won the European Tour Order of Merit after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was decided only on the 72nd green of the DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the season. Englishman Rose needed to make an eagle putt on the 18th hole, but his effort from off the green slid past the cup, thus handing the European No.1 honour to his 27-year-old compatriot. Rose needed to finish at least solo fourth, but the birdie only gave him a tied fourth place at 17-under par. Fleetwood finished tied 21st at 11-under par after a round of two-over 74. Spain's Jon Rahm won the $8 million tournament, firing a five-under par 67 that gave him a one-shot advantage at 19-under par 269 over Ireland's Shane Lowry (63) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67).–AFP

Kim surges as Park fades at LPGA finale

MIAMI - Kim Kaufman thrust herself into contention for a first ever victory after firing a superb eight-under-par 64 to grab a share of the lead at the LPGA Tour Championship on Saturday. The 26-year-old world number 114 produced a flawless display at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, comprising eight birdies and 10 pars to surge up the leaderboard. Kaufman's dazzling round gave her a 54-hole aggregate of 206, putting her in a four-way tie for the lead at 10 under. However Kaufman, whose best performance this year was a share of sixth place at the Marathon Classic in July, can expect a strong challenge on Sunday from her rivals. Michelle Wie, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and Norway's Suzann Pettersen are also on 10 under heading into the final round. Wie made her move with a six-under-par 66.–AFP

Tete records fastest world title KO

LONDON - Zolani Tete took just 11 seconds to record the fastest knockout in world championship fight history in Belfast on Saturday night. The South African etched his name into the record books when he flattened countryman Siboniso Gonya with his first punch to retain his World Boxing Organisation bantamweight crown. Tete floored his opponent with a devastating right hook after just five seconds and the referee stopped the contest officially just six seconds later when it became clear Gonya was out cold. It is the fastest knockout in a world championship bout, eclipsing the record held by WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Jimenez who stopped Harald Geier in 17 seconds in 1994. "I've been preparing so hard for this fight," Tete told TV channel. "I knew Gonya wasn't going to last.–AFP

Chen stuns Axelsen to win China Open

SHANGHAI - Olympic champion Chen Long delighted the home crowd as he defeated world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to win the China Open for a fourth time on Sunday. The sixth-seeded Chinese emerged from a see-saw battle 21-16, 14-21, 21-13 in Fuzhou, getting the better of the world champion and top seed in 72 engrossing minutes. The 23-year-old Axelsen has had a superb year, winning the world title and becoming the leading figure in the men's game. But Sunday's defeat extends his poor run against the more experienced Chen, 28, who has now won eight of their nine meetings. It was Chen's first China Open crown since 2013. There was to be no Chinese fairytale however in the women's decider. Japan's Akane Yamaguchi beat Chinese qualifier Gao Fangjie to win her first Superseries title of the year.–AFP

PAF clinch CAS Challenge Polo Cup

LAHORE – Pakistan Air Force defeated Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) 9-5 to win the 26th Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Challenge Polo Cup 2017 here on Sunday. Shah Qubali Alam fired five goals from the winning side while Flight Lieutenant Hamza struck two and Squadron Leader Humayun and Air Vice Marshal Amir Masood hit one goal apiece. Sub Inspector Amanat and Zarrar Abbasi scored two and one goal respectively. Air Marshal Farooq Habib, Acting Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony held at Pakistan Park Lahore. The chief guest gave away the winning trophy to PAF team and also distributed prizes amongst the players. The CAS Challenge Cup was introduced in 1985 and ever since, it has been a regular feature in sports calendar.–Staff Reporter