Lu blitzes Belgian
Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan routed Belgium’s Romain Bogaerts 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open. The tournament — the final men’s tuneup event before the US Open — began on Sunday with a handful of first-round matches. Mardy Fish beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Fish — a wild-card entrant — advanced to face Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the second round. Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-4, while Robin Haase of the Netherlands edged Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-3. Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez topped Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Stybar wins stage and race
Czech rider Zdenez Stybar won the seventh and final stage of the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries on Sunday to claim overall victory. The Omega-Pharma rider beat Britain’s Team Sky rider Ian Stannard by four seconds following a sprint finish after countering the Team Sky rider’s attack 7km from the end of the 208km stage from Tienen to Geraatdsbergen. Last year’s winner Dutchman Lars Boom finished third at 12 seconds with overnight leader Tom Dumoulin coming home in eighth, 25 seconds down. Stybar had started the day 9 seconds off the lead and coupled with time bonuses gained for winning the stage, he finished the tour 26 seconds ahead of Dutchman Dumoulin in second with Ukrainian Andriy Grivko third overall at 50 seconds.
Saints splash out for striker
Southampton broke their club record transfer fee on Sunday when they paid Roma ￡15 million (17.6 million euros) for striker Pablo Osvaldo. The four-year deal for the 27-year-old Argentina-born Italian international betters the ￡12.5million Southampton paid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama last month. Osvaldo will now be reunited with Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino under whom he played during an 18-month spell with Spanish side RCD Espanyol. Osvaldo should be available for Saturday’s Premier League game against Sunderland at St Mary’s.
Keller out for season
Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller has been ruled out for the season with multiple knee ligament damage suffered in the pre-season loss to the Houston Texans, ESPN reported on Sunday. Keller suffered the injury when he was tackled in the second quarter of Saturday’s game and ESPN reported that he had suffered three torn ligaments and a dislocated knee cap. The 28-year-old joined the Dolphins in the off-season after spending four years with AFC East rivals the New York Jets.
Luna Rossa even series
Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals series because of a mechanical problem on Sunday, handing Italy’s Luna Rossa a victory that evened the finals at one each. After a nosedive sent two men tumbling overboard during their opening win, Emirates sailed smoothly at the start of the second day. The Kiwis pushed ahead by about 400m before the electronic system that controls the hydraulics malfunctioned near the end of the third leg of the five-leg race on foggy San Francisco Bay. For the second straight day, officials called off the second race due to strong wind. Two makeup races were due to be held yesterday if conditions permitted. The winner of the best-of-13 series will face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting on Sept. 7.