Aruna claims Spinster victory,
earns berth in Breeders’ Cup
Aruna posted a 1½-length victory over Pachattack on Sunday in the $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
The 2-1 favorite made her debut on Polytrack a winning one for trainer Graham Motion, earning an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs next month.
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Aruna covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 47.9 seconds and returned $6.80, $3.60 and $3. Pachattack paid $4.20 and $3.40, and La Gran Bailadora returned $7.80 to show.
Motion said Aruna, who made her previous 11 starts on turf, could run in either the BC Ladies Classic or the BC Filly & Mare Turf.
He won the Filly & Mare last year with 46-1 long shot Shared Account.
The Ladies’ Classic is 1 1/8 miles, and the Filly & Mare Turf is 1 3/8 miles.
Heavy rain hands Faxon
first Champions Tour win
Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship without hitting a shot when heavy rain washed out the final round of the Champions Tour’s event at The Woodlands, Texas.
Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under 206.
Tommy Armour III was second at 207, and Eduardo Romero finished two strokes back. Jay Haas, Olin Browne and Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman (70) followed at 209, and Fred Couples was at 212.
Faxon won his first title on the 50-and-over circuit in his sixth start.
Also: Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and 10th overall title of the year, shooting 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.
The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open winner, finished at 14-under 202.
Tseng earned $270,000 to push her tour-leading total to $2,396,838. She has 11 victories in four full seasons on the LPGA Tour.
Choi, the 2009 and 2010 winner, shot 68, closing with a birdie in front of the large home crowd.
Brittany Lincicome (66), Jamin Jang (68) and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (71) tied for third at 205. Michelle Wie shot 69 to tie for 35th at 215.
Rickie Fowler won the OneAsia Tour’s Korea Open in Cheonan, South Korea, for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
The 22-year-old Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year, finished at 16-under 268 and earned $249,864.
McIlroy finished with a 64.
Lee Slattery of England held on to win the Madrid Masters, his double bogey on the final hole still good enough for a one-stroke victory in Madrid, Spain, giving him his first title in seven years on the European PGA Tour.
Slattery shot a 1-under 71 in the final round despite wobbling at the par-5 18th. He finished at 15-under 273 to stave off a challenge from Lorenzo Gagli of Italy.
Vettel nets Formula One crown
with third-place effort in Japan
Sebastian Vettel added his name to a select list, finishing third at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan, to become the youngest of the nine drivers who have won consecutive Formula One season titles.
Jenson Button won the race for his third victory of the season, finishing 1.160 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso after starting on the front row alongside pole-sitter Vettel.
Vettel needed just one point to wrap up the title or for Button to not win the race. The 15 points the German earned for third were more than enough to make him the sport’s youngest two-title winner, at age 24.
Vettel joins some of the greats of the sport in having won consecutive championships: Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Alonso.
Also: The Wranglers wrapped up preseason play with a 3-1 loss to the Ontario Reign in an ECHL contest at the Orleans Arena.
Chris Francis had Las Vegas’ lone goal, tying the game at 1 in the last second of the first period.
The Wranglers open the regular season at Alaska on Friday and Saturday, then play their home opener on Oct. 21 against the Reign.
Andy Murray rallied to beat Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the Japan Open final for his second straight ATP tour victory.
Murray, the Scottish star coming off a victory last week in Bangkok, broke his Spanish opponent in the fourth game of the second set, then won 11 of the next 12 games.
Nadal, the 2010 winner, had beaten Murray five straight times and hadn’t lost a service game in the tournament.
Tomas Berdych beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the China Open in Beijing, and Agnieszka Radwanska topped Andrea Petkovic, 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to claim the women’s title, her second in as many weeks.
The victory lifted Berdych past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to No. 7 in the world standings and gave the Czech valuable points toward the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
Japan, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, topped the United States and Germany in the first day of men’s qualifying at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.
Japan’s score of 364.291 points was a 2.7 points ahead of the U.S. But the Americans whittled that margin down by 1½ points from last year’s prelims, and their total score (361.583) was 4½ points better. They had just one fall in 30 routines and posted the best scores on floor exercise and vault.
The UNLV men’s soccer team lost to host Denver 3-1 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game.
Jose Mendoza put the Rebels (2-7, 1-1 MPSF) up 1-0 in the sixth minute, but the Pioneers responded with three first-half goals, in the 27th, 33rd and 43rd minutes.
Las Vegan Herculez Gomez scored his fifth goal of the season, connecting on a header just before the final whistle in Estudiantes Tecos’ 3-2 loss to visiting Monterrey in Mexico’s Apertura.