US thrashes Taiwan
Abby Wambach scored three goals to lead the US to a 10-0 victory over Taiwan in a women's soccer friendly on Sunday. Lindsey Tarpley and Megan Rapinoe added two goals apiece, and Kristine Lilly scored a goal in her 312th international game -- an all-time appearance record for women or men. Goalkeeper Briana Scurry kept a clean sheet in earning her first shutout since the 2004 Athens Olympics. Taiwan did not manage a single shot on goal. The US next plays Iceland in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday.
Costa Rican hospitalized
Costa Rican boxer Lucas Green Arias was being treated to relieve bleeding in his brain on Sunday following his loss in a WBC super-middleweight bout. Arias (11-2) was floored by Jean Pascal near the end of the sixth round of their fight on Saturday at the Montreal Casino. Promoter Yvon Michel visited the hospital on Sunday and was told Arias was responding to the treatment. The 25-year-old looked to be winning the sixth round of an even fight until Pascal (14-0) sent him to the canvas with a flurry of blows. Arias got up for the final second of the round, but moments later slid off the stool in his corner, vigorously rubbing his head. He was treated at ringside, then taken to hospital on a stretcher.
Ramaala wins again
South African Hendrick Ramaala won England's Great North Run for the third time on Sunday. Ramaala recorded a winning time of 1 hour, 3 seconds after breaking away over the last 4km of the Newcastle to South Shields course to finish ahead of Ethiopian Dejene Berhanu and the US' Dathan Ritzenhein. Berhanu, who won the race two years ago, clinched the runners-up spot with a time of 1 hour and 23 seconds. Ethiopa's Berhane Adere, a former world champion at the half-marathon distance, won the women's race in a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes and 1 second. Race organizers Nova International later revealed a 29-year-old man had died on the run.
Kenyans win Twin Cities
Kenya's Mbarak Hussein successfully defended his Twin Cities Marathon title in St. Paul, Minnesota, by winning in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 52 seconds on Sunday. Training partner Simon Sawe finished second in 2:14:09. Blind runner Marla Runyan of the US won the women's race in 2:32.17. Runyan gave birth to her daughter, Anna, exactly 13 months ago. Mary Akor finished second in 2:33.50. The race was marred by the death of a middle-aged man from the Twin Cities who collapsed at the 10km mark near Lake Calhoun after apparently suffering a heart attack. The man later died at a local hospital.