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CRICKET

Aussies sweep T20 series

England’s sorry tour of Australia finally ended with a whimper on Sunday — a crushing 84-run defeat to give the hosts a clean sweep of the three-game Twenty20 series. Australia, with man-of-the-match George Bailey smashing an unbeaten 49 off 20 balls, scored 195-6 after winning the toss in Sydney. The hosts then dismissed the psychologically scarred tourists for 111 in the 18th over to sweep the series. It marked the end of a disastrous 103-day tour for England, who lost the Ashes Tests 5-0 and the one-day international series 4-1, meaning Australia won 12-1 across the three formats. In between the losses, the international careers of spinner Graeme Swann and coach Andy Flower have been ended.

TENNIS

Makarova wins in Pattaya

Ekaterina Makarova won her second career title on Sunday, claiming a 6-3 7-6 (9/7) victory over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at the Pattaya Open. The Russian left-hander, whose only previous title came when she won in Eastbourne, England, in 2010, withstood a strong challenge in both sets, but her greater consistency and more aggressive play in the tiebreak earned her the victory. In a dramatic finale, Makarova built a 5-2 lead in the tiebreak, but faced set point at 6-5 after she netted a smash. Pliskova, though, hit her only double fault of the match and also failed to win a second set point at 7-6, before Makarova secured victory on her first match point.

GOLF

Stadler captures first title

Kevin Stadler captured his first PGA Tour title in his 239th start on Sunday, firing a final-round 68 for a one-shot Phoenix Open win over Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet. Stadler’s three-under effort gave him a 16-under total of 268. Stadler and 2012 Masters winner Watson were tied heading into the 72nd hole at 16-under. Stadler found the fairway off the tee, while Watson was in the right rough. Watson flew the green as Stadler landed his second shot 11 feet from the pin. Stadler just missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par. Watson, who chipped on, missed a five-footer and settled for a bogey and a share of second place.

BASKETBALL

Celtics snap losing streak

Rajon Rondo had season highs with 19 points and 10 assists as the Boston Celtics ended a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Jared Sullinger scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final period, before pulling away at the end. Brandon Bass had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 17 on his return after missing five games with a sprained ankle.

ICE HOCKEY

Capitals edge Red Wings

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal on a power play 2 minutes, 37 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 on Sunday to earn a split of a home-and-home set, tightening things up in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left circle was no match for goaltender Jimmy Howard, who had only three teammates on the ice with him after Brendan Smith was sent off for tripping 1:26 into the extra period. In Montreal, Michael Frolik scored in the third period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Jets, while Al Montoya stopped 30 shots.

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