Ko sweeps to victory in Taiwan

TAIPEI - New Zealand’s Lydia Ko cruised to victory Sunday after shooting a seven-under-par 65 for an aggregate of 268 in the $2 million Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. The 18-year-old, who turned professional in October 2013, became the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to secure 10 wins and the first player to win five times this season. With her victory, Ko is projected to take over the number one spot from South Korea’s Park Inbee in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. “To become world number one during the season, it’s been great. And to have won my first professional event as a professional here in Taiwan and then had my 10th LPGA win here, it’s pretty cool,” she said. “It’s an exciting time.” Ko kept widening her lead Sunday as rain that had hampered golfers in the first three rounds halted.–AFP

Lemma clinches Frankfurt marathon

FRANKFURT - Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma won the Frankfurt marathon’s men’s race on Sunday, while local fans were given something to cheer about as Arne Gabius broke the German record in finishing fourth. Having begun 2015 by running a new personal best in finishing fifth at the Dubai marathon in January, Lemma won the Vienna marathon in April and has now added the Frankfurt title in an official winning time of two hours, six minutes and 26 seconds. Kenyan pair Lani Rutto, at eight seconds back, and Alfers Lagat, at 22secs, claimed third and fourth respectively while Hamburg-born Gabius broke the 27-year-old German marathon record with a time of 2:08.33 over the 42 kilometres. The 34-year-old shaved 14 seconds off the previous record set by Joerg Peter in Tokyo in February 1988.– AFP

Medvedeva lifts Skate America gold

MILWAUKEE - Russian teen Evgenia Medvedeva made a triumphant entry to figure skating’s senior Grand Prix ranks on Saturday, grabbing the ladies’ gold at Skate America. The 15-year-old reigning junior world champion finished second in the free skate. But her total of 206.01 points were enough to hold off American Gracie Gold, who won the free skate but settled for second overall on 202.80 points. Medvedeva’s otherwise polished free skate was marred by a fall. But she had led Gold by 5.53 points after a confident short programme on Friday night. Gold, fourth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics as well as the 2015 worlds, sacrificed points by doubling scheduled triple jumps in both her short programme and free skate, the short programme flub proving especially costly.–AFP

Ogier crash hands Mikkelsen maiden win

SALOU - World champion Sebastien Ogier crashed out on the final stage of the Rally of Catalunya on Sunday to hand a first ever world rally championship victory to Norwegian teammate Andreas Mikkelsen. Another Volkswagen driver, Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala was second ahead of home favourite Dani Sordo in third. Ogier, who sealed his third consecutive world title with three races to spare at the Rally of Australia last month, seemed set to seal his eighth victory of the season as he led Mikkelsen by 50 seconds heading into the 23rd stage. However, the Frenchman ripped one of his tyres when colliding with a security barrier which forced him to retire. Mikkelsen finished 3.1 seconds ahead of Latvala with Sordo 21.2 seconds back. The 26-year-old’s maiden victory comes in his 64th world rally.–AFP

Memorial tennis starts today

ISLAMABAD - 5th Syed Tajamul Abbas Memorial National Ranking Tennis Championship starts today (Monday). The players will vie for honours in five categories including men's singles, men's doubles, ladies singles, boy's U-18 singles and boy's U-14 singles. Aqeel Khan is top seed for the event while all the other leading players including Yasir Khan, Shahzad Khan, Ahmed Chaudhry, M Abid, Usman Rafiq and Mudassar Murtaza, while junior top players Shoaib Khan, Aqib Umer, Barkatullah, Aman Attique and ladies players Sarah Mehbbob and Sara Mansoor have already confirmed their participation. The mega event carries a total of Rs 300000 prize money. Tariq Murtaza, president Islamabad Tennis Association appreciated the arrangements and assured full support for the success of the event.–Staff Reporter