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AGENCIES

■SQUASH

David wins fourth Open

Nicol David of Malaysia won her fourth squash World Open in five years by defeating Dutch hope Natalie Grinham 3-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 in Sunday’s final in Amsterdam. David joined greats Susan Devoy of New Zealand and Sarah Fitz-Gerald of Australia as the only women to win four crowns. The dominant force in women’s squash for more than three years, top-ranked David bounced back from a stunning quarter-final defeat in last week’s British Open — only her second loss all year — to add to her Women’s World Open titles in 2005, 2006 and last year.

■FORMULA ONE

Sutil fined over crash

Force India’s Adrian Sutil was fined US$20,000 on Sunday at the Singapore Grand Prix for crashing into Nick Heidfeld, ending the BMW Sauber driver’s remarkable run of race finishes. On lap 19, Sutil tried to pass Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari, but touched wheels and spun. The German immediately restarted and tried to turn his car around on the track, but ran the nose of his car into the path of compatriot Heidfeld. The ensuing crash immediately ended the race for Heidfeld, while Sutil replaced his nose and continued on briefly before retiring with a brake problem. “I didn’t see him coming as I was on the move already and couldn’t react to it, but I’m sorry for it,” Sutil said. “It was a race incident.” Heidfeld was fuming, as the crash ended his run of 42 straight races in which he had finished or completed enough laps to be officially classified in the results.

■BASEBALL

US wins World Cup

The US exploded for six seventh-inning runs, and got a three-run home run from LA Dodger Lucas May, as well as a solo homer from Tug Hulett, to defeat Cuba 10-5 and successfully defend their World Cup title in Nettuno, Italy, on Sunday. The US defeated Cuba for the second time in four days and reeled off 13 straight wins. Cuba’s second straight silver comes after nine consecutive titles, while Canada defeated Puerto Rico 6-2 to take bronze. In the fifth-place play-off, Australia beat the Netherlands 4-1 for their best performance.

■RUGBY UNION

Wallabies add fresh faces

Australia coach Robbie Deans has added 10 fresh faces to an expanded training squad for the Wallabies’ end-of-season tour to Japan, Britain and Ireland. Deans included 10 uncapped players in a 43-man squad that will meet in Sydney next week to start training before being trimmed to 35. The Wallabies are due to play New Zealand in Tokyo before they head to Europe to face England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the “Grand Slam.”

■CYCLING

Evans wins men’s race

Cadel Evans of Australia won the men’s race at cycling’s road world championships on Sunday, finally adding a major victory to a career resume stacked with second places. Evans broke clear on the final climb to finish in 6 hours, 56 minutes, 26 seconds on the 262.2km course in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia was 27 seconds behind to take silver, beating Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez in a sprint finish. Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara was in contention on the final lap, but finished fifth as he sought a historic gold medal double after winning the time trial on Thursday. For Evans, 32, it was the biggest win of his career after finishing runner-up in the Tour de France in 2007 and last year, and the past three Dauphine Libere stage races.

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