WTA elite unchanged, Dodin leaps rankings

PARIS - The top 20 in the WTA rankings were unchanged Monday with German Angelique Kerber ahead of Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza in third place. New faces emerged lower down the order with French teenager Oceane Dodin breaking into the top 100 with her first WTA title in Montreal. It was her first ever final and launched the 19-year-old 39 places up the rankings to 93. WTA TOP 20: 1. Angelique Kerber 8,730 points, 2. Serena Williams 7,050, 3. Garbine Muguruza 5,830, 4. Agnieszka Radwanska 5,815, 5. Simona Halep 4,801, 6. Karolina Pliskova 4,425, 7. Venus Williams 3,815, 8. Carla Suarez 3,330, 9. Madison Keys 3,286, 10. Svetlana Kuznetsova 3,250, 11. Victoria Azarenka 3,121, 12. Dominika Cibulkova 3,100, 13. Johanna Konta 2,865, 14. Timea Bacsinszky 2,773, 15. Roberta Vinci 2,595.–AFP



Pagenaud wins IndyCar season title

SONOMA - France’s Simon Pagenaud captured his first IndyCar season title on Sunday by winning the Grand Prix of Sonoma from pole position for his fifth triumph of the campaign. Pagenaud won three road course races in a row early in the season, a run capped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit, and added Mid-Ohio last month to bolster his edge ahead of a dream victory at Sonoma. “Unbelievable,” Pagenaud said. “There’s so much emotion. My whole career has been about today, about getting to this level. To perform to 100 percent with this pressure, it’s amazing.” Australia’s Will Power, who began the day second to Pagenaud by 44 points and the only rival who could overtake him, saw his bid for the crown undone with a gearbox failure on the 37th of 85 laps on the 2.3-mile road course.–AFP



Alvarez knocks out ‘unbeaten’ Smith

LOS ANGELES - Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out previously unbeaten Liam “Beefy” Smith in the ninth round Saturday to regain a share of the super welterweight world title before more than 51,000 at AT&T Stadium in Texas. With most of the crowd behind him at the cavernous home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, Alvarez was in control from round one against the gritty Smith. Britain’s World Boxing Organization champion couldn’t match the speed or power of the Mexican star, a former World Boxing Council super welterweight champ who was returning to the 154-pound division after claiming the WBC middleweight crown last November with a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto. “I told you I was going to give you a great fight and bring you the championship and here it is,” said Alvaro.–AFP




Saqib wins Nick Faldo Series Pak Golf

LAHORE - M Saqib of Lahore Garrison Golf Club won the under-16 category of 6th Nick Faldo Series Pakistan Golf Championship here at the Defence Raya Golf Club on Monday. A total of 42 junior golfers from across Pakistan took part in the three-day event. Saqib emerged as the best competitor of the tournament in under-16 category and won the title. Ahmed Baig, also of Lahore Garrison, earned first position in under-18 category while in under-21 category, Nadeem Aslam of Garrison earned the top slot. Amongst the girls, Aania Farooq of Karachi showed ample determination to push back the overnight leader Suneyah Osama through a good round on the final day. At the end, Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) vice president Maj Gen Tariq Saleem distributed prizes among the top performers.–Staff Reporter



Muzammil continues to excel at int’l level

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s top junior player Muzammil Mutaza continued his brilliant run in the ITF World Junior Championship Grade-5, as he outclassed third seed Althaf Dhaifullah of Indonesia in the first round match played in Colombo on Monday. Muzammil will play second round match against Indian Vijaybandara Vibudha today (Tuesday). It is pertinent to mention here that Muzammil reached the finals of the last event and had beaten top seed and others and also played semifinals of the doubles events. It is high time when the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) must help the future of Pakistan tennis, instead of making tall claims. Muzammil was given a tough time by third seed Althaf, who went down fighting. Muzammil took the first set 6-4 and the second set with same margin 6-4 to win the match.–Staff Reporter