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Sports round-up

Tennis: American Sam Querrey (picture) claimed the biggest title of his career with an emphatic 6-3 7-6(3) upset victory over second seed Rafa Nadal in the final of the Mexican Open yesterday. The unseeded world number 40 belied his ranking to overpower Nadal, blowing away his Spanish opponent for a first victory in five career meetings with the Spaniard. Nadal was seeking his 70th career victory, and his third in Acapulco.

Alaskan Race: Dozens of sled-dog teams glided through the frigid streets of Anchorage yesterday in the ceremonial start to the Iditarod, a nearly 1,610-km sled dog race across the Alaskan wilderness and one of the world’s most celebrated tests of endurance. The official start of the event billed as “the Last Great Race” will take place today in Fairbanks, 560 km north of Anchorage, and ends in the coastal town of Nome. This year a field of 72 teams will compete in the event.

Boxing: Keith Thurman beat Danny Garcia by split decision to unify welterweight titles at the Barclays Center in New York. Thurman added the WBC crown to his WBA belt when winning his 28th straight fight and handing Garcia his first loss in 34 bouts. Thurman won with scores of 116-112 and 115-113 on two of the judges’ cards, while Garcia was ahead on the other with a 115-113 advantage. Thurman now owns two of the four welterweight belts with the other two being held by Britain’s Kell Brook and Manny Pacquiao.

Athletics: World indoor pole vault record holder Jenn Suhr withdrew from the US Championships last weekend, saying she was frustrated with how American title meets are conducted. “Sadly, I have chosen to stay home and not deal with the frustrations that are getting increasingly worse at US Nationals,” she said. “Championship meets need to be administered in a way that gives the spectators the best competition while providing all competitors a fair and equal playing field.”

Golf: Former world no.1 Park In-bee wielded a red-hot putter on her way to a tournament-record eight-under 64 that catapulted the Korean to a one-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s Champions yesterday. Playing in just her second LPGA Tour event since she was sidelined by thumb surgery last May, Park reeled off eight birdies in 10 holes to overhaul overnight leader Michelle Wie and pull away from the field. Chased all the way by world number two Ariya Jutanugarn, Park survived a late scare when she duffed a bunker shot to bogey the last but finished on 19-under-par 269, a shot ahead of the Thai, who fired a six-under 66.

Cricket: Shaun Marsh and Matt Renshaw struck contrasting half-centuries on an engrossing day of cricket to help Australia take a first-innings lead of 48 against India in the second test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday. After resuming the second day on 40-0, the touring side reached 237 for six at stumps against India, who were bundled out for 189 in their first innings on Saturday. Wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 25 with Mitchell Starc 14 not out at the other end.

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