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After rallying to a dramatic victory in the Hong Kong Open, U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy brings plenty of momentum into this week's showdown with world No. 1 Luke Donald for the European Tour money title.
Young Chinese GM Hou Yifan has held on to her women's world championship crown, decisively defeating Indian challenger Humpy Koneru by a 5 1/2-2 1/2 score in their scheduled 10-game match in Tirana, Albania.
With Sebastian Vettel already crowned Formula One world champion, Jenson Button leads a group of four drivers fighting for second place with two races remaining.
We can claim the Super Bowl, the World Series and three of golf's four "majors," and we have played host to eight Olympics. But when it comes to staging big-time chess events, the U.S. is something of a backwater. So for patriotic reasons if nothing else, it's nice to report on the fifth annual SPICE Cup, staged last month in Lubbock, Texas, by Texas Tech University and the Susan Polgar Foundation.