Rafael Nadal captures China Open title

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain hold the winners trophy poses for a picture after winning the Men's Singles final against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day nine of the 2017 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 8, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal has some new hardware to take home after winning the China Open on Sunday.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios, 6-2, 6-1, in the China Open at Beijing for his sixth ATP title of the year, including a record 10th French Open title and a third at the US Open. The last time Nadal won at least six titles in a year was in 2013, when he captured 10 trophies. Nadal always looked in charge Sunday and saved all four break points he faced, while Kyrgios struggled with his serve and never found a confident range throughout teh match.On the women’s side, Caroline Garcia defeated soon-to-be world No. 1 Simona Halep, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). It was the second straight WTA title for the 15th-ranked Garcia, who will make her top-10 debut when the new rankings come out Monday. Halep, who failed to make good on any of the nine break points she had at 3-3 in the second set, guaranteed her debut in the top spot with Saturday’s semifinal win over Jelena Ostapenko.

Goffin wins Japan for second straight title

David Goffin captured the Japan Open in Tokyo with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Adrian Mannarino, extended his win streak to nine matches, including four in Shenzhen, China, last week when he won his first title in more than three years. No. 8 in the ATP Race to London rankings, 10th place will be good enough for Goffin to secure a place at the end-of-season ATP Finals with Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka injured . . . Rhode Island native Jared Donaldson topped Pablo Cuevas, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-4, in the Shanghai Masters first round a day before he turns 21, to set up his first match with Nadal in the second round.


Hatton fends off Fisher to take Dunhill title

Tyrrell Hatton defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a final round at St. Andrews, Scotland, in which Ross Fisher shot a course-record 61 at the home of golf. Hatton shot 6-under 66 at Old Course, and his tournament-record 24-under 264 gave him a three-stroke win over fellow Englishman Fisher, who had a bogey-free round with 11 birdies. Victor Dubuisson was 10 under after 15 holes and also on course to break the course record, before a bogey at No. 16 slowed the Frenchman. He finished with a 63 and was third, seven shots off Hatton. Rory McIlroy shot even-par 72 to finish tied for 63rd at 4 under, meaning he ended a season without a victory for only the second time in his professional career . . . Cristie Kerr completed a wire-to-wire win in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in Saint-Jean-de-Luz for her first Ladies European Tour title. The 39-year-old American closed with a 1-under 69 at Golf de Chantaco for a four-stroke victory over Xi Yu Lin.


Lewandowski leads Poland into World Cup


Robert Lewandowski scored his record 16th goal in European qualifying to lead Poland to a 4-2 win over Montenegro that clinched Group E and gave the hosts their first World Cup berth since 2006. Denmark tied host Romania, 1-1 to assure itself a playoff spot as one of the eight best second-place finishers from the nine groups . . . Adam Nemec had two goals and host Slovakia won a three-way fight for second place in Group F thanks to a 3-0 win over Malta, finishing ahead of Scotland on goal differential, but must wait to see if it gets playoff berth. England beat Lithuania, 1-0, to conclude an undefeated campaign . . . Leon Goretzka scored twice as defending champion Germany wrapped up the most successful qualifying campaign with a 5-1 win over visiting Azerbaijan for its 10th win in 10 games in Group C . . . Egypt qualified for its first World Cup since 1990 by beating Republic of Congo, 2-1, in Alexandria, as the hosts got two goals from Mohamed Salah to win Africa’s Group E.


Hamilton closes in on Formula One title

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Points leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, taking a major step toward winning his third Formula One title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 win of the season and move 59 points clear of Sebastian Vettel with four races left . . . Galen Rupp became the first American to win the Chicago Marathon in 15 years, finishing in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds. Kenya’s Abel Kirui was second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Kenya’s Bernard Kipyego was third. Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's race in 2:18:31. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei was second, and American Jordan Hasay third . . . Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that guard Gary Harris agreed to a four-year, $84 million extension with the Denver Nuggets . . . The Philadelphia 76ers announced forward Richaun Holmes suffered a non-displaced fracture in the radial bone of his left wrist Friday against the Celtics and will be re-evaluated in about three weeks . . . Freshman Shane Bowers poked in his own rebound with 41.1 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 2 Boston University (2-0-0) to a 3-2 men’s hockey win over No. 14 Quinnipiac (0-1-1) in Hamden, Conn. Sophomore Patrick Harper scored both Terrier goals in regulation and assisted on the winner . . . Germany's Pauline Schaefer won the balance beam title at the world gymnastics championships in Montreal. American Morgan Hurd, Friday’s all-around winner, was second. Japan’s Mai Murakami took the women’s floor exercise over American Jade Carey.