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Diaz circles Manhattan twice

After more than 22 consecutive hours of swimming around Manhattan, Marcos Diaz finally came ashore on Sunday. The Dominican world record holder had a goal for his marathon overnight swim: To raise money for poor Dominican children with cancer and start a program for youngsters with asthma. Diaz, 32, battled asthma as a child by swimming in Caribbean waters. He circled the island twice and finished the 96km swim at the Dyckman Marina in the Washington Heights neighborhood, which is the heart of New York's Dominican community. He was welcomed by thousands of people and a feast featuring live music. While doctors examined Diaz in a tent, the crush of the crowd was so intense that organizers found a lookalike to draw admirers away. Diaz walked out of the water smiling after 22 hours, 14 minutes of swimming.


Flanagan wins Xerox Classic

Australia's Nick Flanagan won his third US Nationwide Tour title of the year to earn an immediate promotion to the US PGA Tour, closing with a 7-under 63 to win the Xerox Classic by a stroke in Rochester, New York, on Sunday. The 23-year-old Flanagan, the 2003 US Amateur champion, made a 9m birdie putt on the par-4 18th to finish at 10-under 270 on the Irondequoit Country Club course. He began the round seven strokes behind runner-up James Driscoll.


Tait out of Twenty20 Cup

Fast bowler Shaun Tait was ruled out of the Australian squad yesterday for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said Tait, a key player in Australia's limited overs World Cup success in the Caribbean this year, has not recovered sufficiently from elbow surgery. "Recent efforts to resume bowling have resulted in some elbow discomfort, which is an indication that more time is required for him to start training at a greater intensity," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. Cricket Australia says it has written to the International Cricket Committee seeking approval for the inclusion of paceman Ben Hilfenhaus in the 15-man squad as Tait's replacement.


Ballan wins Cyclassics race

Alessandro Ballan won the Cyclassics cycling race in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday in a mass sprint to the finish. The Lampre-Fondital rider from Italy finished the 229.1km race in 5 hours, 21 minutes, 5 seconds. The defending champion, Oscar Freire, finished second and Gerald Ciolek was third in the same time. Ballan planned to help teammate Daniel Bennati win when he started the final climb after a breakaway group were caught with 20km left. "Winning was a big surprise," Ballan said. "When I turned my head, I couldn't find Bennati."


Ilonen wins in Stockholm

Mikko Ilonen won the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm by two shots on Sunday after Martin Kaymer double-bogeyed the last hole. Ilonen closed with a 2-under 68 to finish with a 6-under 274 total. It was the second European Tour victory for the former British amateur champion. The Finn won his first tournament at the Indonesia Open in February.

The tournament is one of the best attended in Europe behind the British Open. Total attendance was more than 120,000 for the week.

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