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TENNIS

Federer gets crown

Roger Federer shrugged off a second-set letdown to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, for a record sixth title in the ATP World Tour Finals in London yesterday.

In this season-ending event for the top eight players in the world, Federer's three group-stage victories included his most comprehensive win ever over Rafael Nadal, beating the Spaniard, 6-3, 6-0, on Tuesday.

"I know it's one of my greatest accomplishments," Federer said. "This definitely is an amazing finish again to the season. I've never finished so strong."

Playing in his 100th career final, Federer broke for a 5-3 lead in the deciding set and served out the match to love, sealing his 70th career title with an easy volley.

GOLF

Americans come back

Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States' 11-year drought in golf's World Cup by shooting 5-under-par 67 yesterday to win by two strokes in Hainan, China.

The American pair fired six birdies in the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish at 24-under 264.

England's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day's best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22 under with Germany's Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka (69).

Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell led by two strokes going into the final round but shot even-par 72 to finish tied for fourth.

The American victory was the first since Tiger Woods and David Duval 11 years ago.

Chalmers wins in playoff

Australian Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA in Coolum with a par on the first playoff hole, after Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser hit errant drives. Chalmers shot 5-under 67 on the Hyatt Regency resort course to match Allenby (68) and Fraser (69) at 12-under 276 after 72 holes. Fraser got into the playoff with a cup-hanging, then dropping 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Bubba Watson, who trailed by one stroke going into the final round, hit his tee shot into a lake on the first hole and ended up with a double-bogey 7 on the way to a 5-over 77.

AUTO RACING

Webber wins in Brazil

Mark Webber won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel struggled with a gearbox problem. Vettel, who had already secured the Formula One title, still finished second after letting Webber pass him almost halfway through the race at the 2.6-mile Interlagos track in Sao Paulo. Jenson Button of McLaren finished third to secure second place in the drivers' standings.

-- AP

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