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CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP

SAO PAULO — Lewis Hamilton won Sunday's rain-delayed Brazil Grand Prix at Interlagos, and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg again settled for second. Is Rosberg frustrated? Not likely. If he finishes second again to Hamilton in the season finale on Nov. 27 in Abu Dhabi — or even third — it will be enough to bring Rosberg his first F1 drivers' title. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 670 words, photos.

WITH:

— CAR--F1-BRAZILIAN GP-MASSA'S FAREWELL — Brazil's Massa crashes but gets warm farewell at home GP. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING:

TEN--ATP FINALS

LONDON — Novak Djokovic survived an early setback, and then made it look all too easy. The second-ranked Serb, who has a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking at the O2 Arena next weekend, rallied to beat Dominic Thiem on Sunday in his opening match at the season-ending ATP finals. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 580 words, photos.

TEN--FED CUP FINAL

STRASBOURG, France — Czech Republic cemented its status of best team in the world by retaining its Fed Cup title on Sunday after beating France 3-2. SENT: 500 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING ROUNDUP

GENEVA — Belgium enjoyed an eight-goal rout in World Cup qualifying on Sunday, and Cristiano Ronaldo managed just two — and missed a penalty — as Portugal also won. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 750 words, photos.

RGU--WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LONDON — New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been voted World Player of the Year as the world champion All Blacks swept the major awards at the end of a record-breaking rugby season. SENT: 130 words. Updated shortly.

CRI--AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA

HOBART, Australia — Play resumed Monday in the second cricket test after the second day was washed out by rain. The South Africans began day three at 171-5, an 86-run first-innings lead after skittling Australia for 85 on the opening day. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. First update expected by 0130 GMT.

OLY--IOC-WADA

DOHA, Qatar — The IOC is backing Craig Reedie's bid for a new three-year term as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, despite the tensions that broke out between the two sides over the Russian doping scandal. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 660 words.

ATH--BOLT-DORTMUND

DORTMUND, Germany — Borussia Dortmund's chief has confirmed that nine-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will train with the Bundesliga team. SENT: 150 words.

SOCCER:

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP A

LUXEMBOURG — Arjen Robben marked his return to international duty after a year sidelined by injuries with a goal as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 3-1 Sunday in a World Cup qualifier. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP B

LUCERNE, Switzerland — Switzerland kept its 100 percent record in a World Cup qualifying group on Sunday, though it labored in beating the Faeroe Islands 2-0. SENT: 300 words.

SOC--WCUP-EUROPEAN QUALIFYING-GROUP H

ATHENS, Greece — A last-gasp goal by Giorgos Tzavelas allowed Greece to escape with a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday, while Group H leader Belgium crushed Estonia 8-1. By Demetris Nellas. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SOC--US-HOWARD

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Goalkeeper Tim Howard did not travel with the United States for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica after injuring the adductor muscle in his right leg. SENT: 180 words, photos.

SKIING:

WCUP-MEN'S SLALOM

LEVI, Finland — It took Austria's Marcel Hirscher just two races to get back to where he finished each of the past five seasons on top of the men's World Cup overall standings. By Matti Huuhtanen. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SKI--FEUZ-INJURY

BERN, Switzerland — World championships bronze medalist Beat Feuz could miss the opening Alpine World Cup speed races after suffering facial paralysis during training. SENT: 140 words.

CRICKET:

CRI--INDIA-ENGLAND

RAJKOT, India — India survived a jittery final session Sunday, reaching 172-6 on the fifth day, to secure a draw in the first test against England. SENT: 650 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--NEDBANK CHALLENGE

SUN CITY, South Africa — Alex Noren won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa with the round of his life on Sunday, a sublime 63 that took him from six shots off the lead overnight to a 6-shot victory and his fourth title of a remarkable season on the European Tour. SENT: 450 words, photos.

GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Paul Goydos topped the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with season points contenders Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie close behind in the PGA Tour Champions' season finale. UPCOMING: 500 words by 0200 GMT.

GLF--OHL CLASSIC

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery. SENT: 530 words, photos.

GLF--LPGA TOUR

MEXICO CITY — Carlota Ciganda rallied to win the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory in four starts. SENT: 440 words.

GLF--MATSUYAMA-TAIHEIYO MASTERS

GOTEMBA, Japan — The wins keep coming for Hideki Matsuyama. SENT: 140 words.

RUGBY:

RGL--FOUR NATIONS

LONDON — Australia set up a Four Nations final against New Zealand by beating England 36-18 on Sunday. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BASEBALL:

BBO--OTANI'S VANISHING BALL,

TOKYO — Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani added to his reputation as a powerful hitter on Sunday when he hit a fly ball that didn't come down. SENT: 180 words, photos.

BBA--BLUE JAYS-GURRIEL

TORONTO — Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the younger brother of Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel, has agreed to a $22 million, seven-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. SENT: 160 words.

MOTORCYCLING:

MOT--VALENCIA GP

CHESTE, Spain — Jorge Lorenzo of Spain won the season-ending Valencia Moto Grand Prix on Sunday, ending a 12-race winless streak in his final event before switching from Yamaha to rival Ducati. SENTL 300 words, photos.

ALSO:

— MMA--UFC 205 — McGregor is UFC's first 2-division champ, seeks equity stake. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 890 words, photos.

— SAI--WORLD SAILING-ANDERSEN — Andersen elected president of World Sailing, beating Croce. SENT: 150 words.

— EU--ITALY-OBIT-MAIORCA — Italian free diver Enzo Maiorca dies, age 85, in Sicily. SENT: 230 words, photo.

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Updated : 2021-06-22 21:53 GMT+08:00